Nxivm sex-cult leader Keith Raniere ‘had sex with a 15-year-old slave’ when he was 48, locked a woman in a room for two YEARS when she refused to sleep with him and approved of incest’
- Keith Raniere will appear in court on Thursday in a bid to be released on bail
- His past bid was rejected and the government has filed a letter listing the reasons why he should not be allowed to be released ahead of trial
- These include claims of underage sex, enslaving woman and stating that incest and gang rape were acceptable in some instances
Keith Raniere will appear in federal court on Thursday, where a judge will rule on his second bid for bail.
The founder of Nxivm submitted papers hoping to be released on bond, and in response the prosecution pointed to many of the allegations they made about the man when he was first indicted earlier this year as well as some shocking new claims.
These include the fact that Raniere had spoken in favor of incest, said gang rape was acceptable if the woman had an orgasm, and engaged in sexual relations with at least one underage member of his cult.
It is also stated in the government opposition to Raniere’s request for bail that he kept one woman locked in a room for two years after she refused to engage in sexual relations.
Judgment day: Keith Raniere (above) will appear in court on Thursday in a bid to be released on bail
Allegations: His past bid was rejected and the government has filed a letter listing the reasons why he should not be allowed to be released ahead of trial (excerpt from government filing)
Opposition: These include claims of underage sex, enslaving woman and stating that incest and gang rape were acceptable in some instances (above)
‘The defendant also poses a serious risk of danger to the community. As the Court has already found, the defendant is “charged with serious felonies based on his alleged role in running a secretive, cult-like organization in which ‘slaves’ are allegedly branded with his initials and tasked with serving him and other senior members of the organization,”‘ wrote the government in their response.
‘The defendant’s creation of DOS was the culmination of a long history of abusing women and girls through manipulation and coercion. The government has obtained evidence that the defendant began having a sex with a “first-line” DOS “slave” when she was fifteen years old and he was forty-six.’
That opposition letter goes on to state: ‘Among other sources of evidence, journal entries written by the DOS slave before her eighteenth birthday reflect an ongoing sexual relationship with the defendant.’
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Raniere was also deemed a risk based on his treatment of a woman identified as Jane Doe 4 in the case.
‘The defendant’s claim that he does not pose a danger because there are no allegations of violence, guns, knives, or weapons of any time, ignores the very real and significant consequences of psychological abuse, economic abuse, and sexual abuse,’ reads the government response.
‘For example, it was on the defendant’s orders that Jane Doe 4 remained in a bedroom for nearly two years. The defendant ordered her confined to the room not because she had stolen “from people in the community,” but specifically in order to exercise power and control over her.
‘For instance, in an email dated November 9, 2010, Lauren Salzman emailed the defendant to inform him that Jane Doe 4 had written a letter that begged to be “let out” of the room because she was “coming undone,”‘
It is later noted that after this woman spent two years confined in a room she was punished when she left ‘by being driven to Mexico and left without any identification.’
The government also incorporated their previous letters arguing against bond in the case as well.
That includes the first letter that was submitted in the case, which made a number of damning allegations.
‘The defendant has also physically assaulted at least two intimate partners and in 2012, under the guise of mentorship, he encouraged a woman to run headfirst into a tree and to drink from a puddle,’ reads that first letter.
‘He also co-founded a movement called “Society of Protectors,” which, in part relied on humiliating women in order to eradicate weaknesses the defendant taught were common in women. For example, women attending the classes were forced to wear fake cow udders over their breasts while people called them derogatory names.
‘Moreover, at least one DOS master who was directly under the defendant told her slaves that her own master, i.e., the defendant, would put her in a cage to punish her.
‘The defendant has also posed disturbing hypotheticals as part of the Nxivm curriculum, challenging whether incest and rape are actually wrong. He told one DOS slave that incest is not wrong if the “victim” is sexually aroused by the experience, and he questioned whether gang rape is bad if the person being raped has an orgasm.’
Raniere is currently being kept at the Metropolitan Detention Center and will appear with his co-defendants in court on Tuesday.
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