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The Bobster
06-18-2019, 12:59 PM

Nxivm was all about sex — why else was there a sex toy dungeon?: feds
By Emily Saul
June 18, 2019 | 3:32pm

If the cult Nxivm wasn’t about sex, then why was its leader building a dungeon featuring cages, rubber-spiked paddles and “puppy trainer’’ dog collars to use on female members? a Brooklyn prosecutor said Tuesday.

“So let me get this straight. What was going to happen in the dungeon? With the cages and the tails?” Assistant US Attorney Mark Lesko told jurors in a rebuttal statement, after defendant Keith Raniere’s lawyer insisted in closing arguments that his client was simply a chick magnet doling out life advice. :rolleyes:

The “tails’’ were the vibrating “puppy plug’’ sex toys ordered by a group higher-up as part of a kinky binge shopping spree.

“Were they going to knit sweaters in the dungeon? Of course it was about sex,’’ Lesko said.

But “these women were not attracted to’’ Raniere, the prosecutor said.

“Sylvie said she found him creepy,’’ Lesko said, referring to Raniere and a former slave who revealed the alleged sick inner workings of the group in previous testimony.

“And what about the vagina shots are attractive?’’ the prosecutor said of the photos taken of some slaves’ privates.

The group was a supposed self-help organization.

“How did the dungeon help with that?” Lesko asked. “And that tail thing?

“The attraction went one way — the defendant’s way,’’ Lesko said.

“Let’s cut to the chase. It’s 2015. [Raniere’s dying lover] for years had been procuring women for the defendant. So what did he do?’’

He created a formalized system to “serve up and continue to serve up a steady stream of sex partners for him.’’

The master-slave group within Nxivm, known as DOS, “was literally a pornography machine, pumping out photos and photos of nude women,’’ Lesko said.

The prosecutor listed five locations discussed at trial as having been havens for the alleged twisted incidents. One included Raniere’s upstate “executive library,’’ where a hard drive was recovered holding alleged child pornography.

“This is the place where the defendant stored Camilla’s childhood after he took it from her,’’ Lesko said, referring to the hard drive and Raniere’s alleged then-15-year-old sex slave. “Where he stored her innocence. She wasn’t adultlike when he took those pictures of her with her legs spread. She was a child.’’

The Bobster
06-19-2019, 10:30 AM

Nxivm leader liked ‘sex slaves’ thin – but pigged out on junk food
By Emily Saul
June 19, 2019 | 12:31pm

He oinked at women and starved his slaves — but accused sex cult leader Keith Raniere was a hypocrite who enjoyed pigging out junk food, according to a former member.

The accused pervert ate “pizza around the clock” and “cakes galore,” a source with knowledge of his eating habits told The Post.

“What he didn’t eat: vegetables, salad,” said the source, who declined to be named out of fear of retribution from those who remain loyal to the jailed Nxivm founder.

While Raniere preferred rail-thin women — one witness testified that “Vanguard” claimed any extra weight on a woman disrupted his sexual “energy” — he spent his time chowing down on snacks like piles of salty potato chips dipped in hot sauce he’d been brought from followers around the world.

The source said the alleged sex trafficker “claimed that to him, food was only about fuel, not taste. But then he’d complain about the taste if it wasn’t up to scratch.”

The gluttonous “guru” became especially tyrannical around his August 26 birthday, she said, which was celebrated in the community with a week-long hoopla known as “Vanguard Week.”

“During V Week, the women would make dozens of cakes for him to try, while starved DOS members watched him eat,” the source wrote via text. “He especially liked high calorie cakes i.e. heavy chocolate cake.”

Raniere is accused of heading a secret master-slave society within Nxivm called DOS, in which women were kept excruciatingly skinny, branded with his initials and ordered to have sex with him.

Multiple witnesses at trial have testified about Raniere’s obsession with monitoring the weight and caloric intake of women with whom he was sexually involved.

A prosecution witness identified in court only as Daniela told jurors she was told to lose 20 pounds before Raniere would even consider having sex with her.

She also testified the gorger would lay on the couch and oink whenever a member of his harem would try and grab anything from the fridge.

Another witness and sex slave of “Smallville” actress Allison "Gums" Mack named Nicole said Mack limited herself to 600 calories a day as part of a reputed self-help regimen drawn up by Raniere — and forced another of her slaves, India Oxenberg, to consume just 500 calories a day.

Raniere’s attorney Marc Agnifilo did not respond to a request for comment.

The 58-year-old faces up to life behind bars if convicted of rackeetering, sex trafficking and other charges.

The Bobster
06-19-2019, 11:49 AM

Jurors reach verdict in Nxivm ‘sex cult’ leader Keith Raniere’s trial
By Emily Saul and Lia Eustachewich
June 19, 2019 | 2:12pm

Jurors in the Nxivm trial have reached a verdict Wednesday.

The panel of four women and eight men sent a note during their lunch break saying they reached a unanimous decision on Keith Raniere’s fate.

The 58-year-old self-styled guru faces racketeering, sex trafficking and other related charges for allegedly recruiting a harem of sex slaves by masquerading Nxivm as a self-empowerment organization.

The verdict comes after roughly four hours of deliberations.

He faces up to life in prison if convicted on the racketeering charge alone.

The Bobster
06-20-2019, 11:21 AM

Nxivm leader Keith Raniere’s former sex den has been condemned
By Emily Saul
June 20, 2019 | 1:56pm

The seedy lair of convicted sex cult leader Keith Raniere hasn’t just been seized by the government — it’s also been condemned.

While Raniere once used the so-called “Executive Library” at 8 Hale Drive in upstate Halfmoon to bed his sex slaves and keep his child porn, the townhouse now sits in abandoned squalor, following extensive water damage from a broken water pipe, according to public records.

“There is water damage throughout,” reads the report, which also notes the unsettling presence of a hot tub and sauna.

A recent visit to the property by the Post revealed a shuttered windows and a broken screen door marked with a red placard. It was declared a public hazard and sealed on January 30, 2019.

Raniere, who was convicted Wednesday on sex trafficking, racketeering, and other charges, spent much of his time in the library, which featured a bed suspended over the hot tub in addition to academic materials.

Multiple sex slaves testified they had sexual encounters with him in the second-floor study, while the first floor of the property remained unfinished.

The Justice Department moved to seize 8 Hale — in addition to other Nxivm properties, such as the home of “Smallville” actress Allison "Gums" Mack — earlier this month as part of preliminary forfeiture.

Raniere’s sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 25. He faces up to life behind bars.

The Bobster
06-20-2019, 11:54 AM

Nxivm leader Keith Raniere found guilty on all counts in sex cult trial
By Emily Saul and Lia Eustachewich
June 19, 2019 | 2:12pm | Updated June 19, 2019 | 5:01pm

Nxivm founder Keith Raniere has been found guilty on all counts for running the upstate sex cult in which women were branded like cattle and forced to have sex with him.

Jurors in Brooklyn federal court reached the verdict Wednesday after less than five hours of deliberations — convicting him of racketeering, a charge that could put him away for life, and other counts.

Raniere mumbled under his breath as the foreperson read aloud the guilty verdicts on all seven counts against him but otherwise showed no emotion. He did not shake his attorneys’ hands before being handcuffed and led out of the courtroom.

Meanwhile, Catherine Oxenberg, the “Dynasty” star whose daughter India Oxenberg was one of Raniere’s sex slaves, sobbed throughout the entire proceeding from the back row of the courtroom.

The seven-week trial included testimony from some of Raniere’s sex slaves, who recalled in dramatic detail the self-styled guru’s twisted teachings.

The verdict is read in the Keith Raniere trial
Shirley and Andrea Shepard

Within Nxivm, Raniere ran a secret society called DOS, in which slaves were tasked with recruiting slaves of their own. The women were starved, branded with Raniere’s initials and forced to sleep with him or perform other sex acts, according to testimony.

Raniere was also accused of having sex with a 15-year-old girl named Camila prior to forming DOS, which stood for Dominant Over Submissive.

He was also convicted of six other counts: racketeering conspiracy, sex trafficking, sex trafficking conspiracy, attempted sex trafficking, forced labor conspiracy and wire fraud conspiracy.

Other members of Nxivm were charged alongside Raniere and have all pleaded guilty. They include Nxivm president Nancy Salzman, her daughter Lauren Salzman,“Smallville” actress Allison "Gums" Mack and Seagram liquor heiress Claire Bronfman, who bankrolled the group for years.

Raniere — who was known to his slaves as “Grandmaster” and “Vanguard” — did not testify.

He will be sentenced Sept. 25.

“Over the last seven weeks, this trial has revealed that Raniere, who portrayed himself as a savant and a genius, was in fact a massive manipulator, a con man and the crime boss of a cult-like organization involving sex trafficking, child pornography, extortion-compelled abortions, branding, degradation and humiliation,” Brooklyn US Attorney Richard Donoghue told reporters outside the courthouse. “The evidence proved that Raniere was truly a modern-day Svengali.”