The unrepentant former chief of the cult-like NXIVM group was ordered on Tuesday to pay $3.5 million to 21 victims of a sex-trafficking scheme, a sum together with the price of surgically eradicating scars from branding rituals carried out by a secret sorority.
The manufacturers depicting the initials of Keith Raniere had been meant to represent the womens’ standing as intercourse slaves for the self-help guru who as soon as had a global following. A decide in federal courtroom in Brooklyn additionally ordered Raniere to return “collateral” — nude pictures and different doubtlessly embarrassing materials — that was used to extort and manipulate the victims.
Raniere, showing by video from an Arizona jail, instructed the decide he was baffled by the restitution order.
“I’ve by no means dealt with collateral,” he mentioned. “I don’t know something about it.”
He added at one other level: “I don’t know who the victims are.”
Raniere — identified to members of the upstate New York group as “Vanguard” and “the neatest man on the earth” — was sentenced final yr to 120 years in jail for his conviction on racketeering conspiracy and different expenses. It was one other occasion the place he refused to take accountability.
Prosecutor, supporters of Keith Raniere react after NXIVM chief sentenced to 120 years in jail
“I do imagine I’m harmless of the fees. … It’s true I’m not remorseful of the crimes I don’t imagine I dedicated in any respect,” he mentioned.
A 41-year-old inheritor to the Seagram’s fortune, Clare Bronfman, was sentenced to almost seven years in jail in September for her function as Raniere’s unwavering benefactor, whereas one other follower, Smallville actor Allison Mack, was sentenced to 3 years final month.
It was unclear if Raniere has the means to pay restitution that’s additionally supposed to cowl prices of psychological well being remedy and unpaid labour. Bronfman has been paying his authorized payments.
The listening to on Tuesday was interrupted close to the tip when certainly one of Raniere’s attorneys, Marc Fernich, lashed out at U.S. District Decide Nicholas Garaufis for not granting a delay within the continuing in order that Fernich might go to a funeral.
“It’s a scarcity of human decency and it’s disgraceful,” the lawyer mentioned.
The decide, who mentioned the schedule truly gave Fernich sufficient time to attend, sat for a half-hour in stony silence till the lawyer apologized.
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