Nxivm founder Keith Raniere was sentenced Tuesday to 120 years in prison for his involvement in the sex cult.
BREAKING: Disgraced self-improvement guru Keith Raniere sentenced to 120 years in prison after convictions that he turned some followers into sex slaves branded with his initials. https://t.co/MhZqBhYT62
— The Associated Press (@AP) October 27, 2020
Raniere continued to maintain his innocence during a statement made during court.
“I do believe strongly that I’m innocent of the charges,” Raniere said in the court room, according to the outlet. “But it’s also true I see all of this pain.” (RELATED: Sex Cult Founder, Alleged Followers Tied To Experimental Schools For Children Still Operating Internationally)
“They’re lying for a reason, and that reason stems from me,” he reportedly added. “I do feel deep remorse, but I do not feel remorseful for the crimes I did not commit.”
“Keith Raniere will not be able to victimize people anymore after today’s sentence and we’re very grateful for that,” US Attorney for Eastern District of New York Seth DuCharme said, according to CNN. “It struck me in listening to the victims that Raniere really twisted people’s trust and their need to find some meaning and hope in their lives in just the most insidious and devious ways.”
15 of Raniere’s Nxivm victims gave statements during the court hearing. Among the victims, a woman who was sexually abused at the age of 15 also spoke.