NXIVM founder Keith Raniere has apologized for his ‘participation in pain and suffering’ although he says he is innocent as he blasted the authorized system for a ‘horrible injustice’.
The 60-year-old cult chief as a consequence of be sentenced to federal jail subsequent week for protecting girls as intercourse slaves broke his silence on Friday for the primary time since his arrest two years in the past.
‘I apologize for my participation in all of this pain and suffering,’ he instructed NBC News on Friday.
‘I’ve clearly participated. I’ve been the leader of the community.’
Raniere was convicted final 12 months on a number of counts of sex-trafficking, compelled labor conspiracy, and racketeering after he was accused of turning his feminine devotees into his intercourse slaves. He faces a most sentence of life imprisonment.
Keith Raniere, 60, the chief of the NVIXM cult, spoke out for the primary time on Friday, telling NBC News that he is ‘innocent’ although he did apologize for the ‘participation in pain and struggling’ of his victims
Keith Raniere, 60, is as a consequence of be sentenced on Tuesday in Brooklyn federal court docket after he was convicted on intercourse trafficking and racketeering prices. He is pictured above in a court docket sketch from final 12 months
One of Raniere’s former adherents, Frank Parlato, labored as a spokesperson for NXIVM. But when Parlato grew disillusioned with a few of the group’s darker elements, he wrote about it in his weblog, The Frank Report, serving to deliver down NVIXM. In a dramatic phone dialog, Raniere spoke to Parlato. The chat was filmed by NBC News
On Friday, he proclaimed his innocence, claiming that he was railroaded by the legal justice system.
‘You know, one of the things that’s most important in our country is the justice system,’ Raniere instructed NBC News.
‘And although, you know, people can hate me and, do, and think I’m an odious type of a character, you know, awful actually.
‘Both the devil and a saint should be able to get the exact same treatment under our justice system.’
One of Raniere’s former adherents, Frank Parlato, labored as a spokesperson for NXIVM.
But when Parlato grew disillusioned with a few of the group’s darker elements, he wrote about it in his weblog, The Frank Report.
Parlato, who was featured prominently in the HBO documentary The Vow, is credited with serving to deliver down NVIXM.
In a dramatic phone dialog, Raniere spoke to Parlato. The chat was filmed by NBC News.
When Parlato requested Raniere if he plans on making a press release to Brooklyn federal court docket at his sentencing on Tuesday, Raniere stated: ‘Yes, I am innocent.
‘And although it is, this is a horrible tragedy with many, many people being hurt, I think the main thrust of this has been the oppression but really a different issue, which is hard for me to express.
‘There is a horrible injustice here. And whether you think I’m the devil or not, the justice process has to be examined.’
At his sentencing on Tuesday, the choose is anticipated to think about affect statements from greater than 100 victims.
Catherine Oxenberg, the actress and mom of India Riven Oxenberg, stated her daughter was one in all Raniere’s victims. Both she and her daughter have been NVIXM members
India Oxenberg stated Allison Mack recruited her to develop into her slave when he was ‘susceptible’ then managed her life, together with what she ate, once they have been in NXIVM. Mack is proven, proper, at court docket. She is in jail now intercourse trafficking prices
Catherine Oxenberg, the actress and mom of India Riven Oxenberg, stated her daughter was one in all Raniere’s victims.
Both she and her daughter have been NVIXM members.
‘Really these younger girls, with out being conscious, have been on this runaway rollercoaster to hell,’ Catherine Oxenberg instructed NBC News.
‘And they have been utterly unaware. And that is the place Keith Raniere was taking them, like, to hell.’
Last week, India Oxenberg revealed that fellow actress Allison Mack was her ‘grasp’ in NXIVM and managed when and how a lot she ate.
Oxenberg, 29, instructed Good Morning America final Wednesday that Mack would restrict her calorie consumption.
She additionally instructed how she cooperated with prosecutors for 9 months to place Keith Raniere, the cult chief, behind bars, and gave them a flashdrive that contained incriminating proof towards him.
‘It was an abusive dynamic simply by the sheer proven fact that she had management over me. She did it strategically. She knew that I used to be in a susceptible place in my life and I used to be determined for one thing and she focused me for that,’ India stated.
Raniere began NXIVM in the Nineteen Nineties in upstate New York as a self-improvement group that expanded throughout the nation.
Keith Raniere is in jail awaiting sentencing on a variety of prices together with little one intercourse trafficking and little one porn. The branding of his initials that members obtained is proven, proper
Prosecutors allege that Raniere began a secret department, often called the DOS, in about 2015 that was simply for girls.
Prosecutors say the key society was comprised of brainwashed feminine ‘slaves’ who have been branded with his initials and compelled to have intercourse with him.
His adherents included Smallville actress Allison Mack and Seagram’s liquor fortune heiress Clare Bronfman.
Both girls have pleaded responsible to aiding the conspiracy and are awaiting sentencing.
Last month, 5 members of the alleged intercourse cult stated they consider their former self-improvement chief was wrongly convicted and deny that NVIXM was cult-like.
In an interview with CBS News, they refused to say whether or not they have been branded with Raniere’s initials or whether or not they had had intercourse with the previous chief.