NXIVM founder Keith Raniere spoke out for the first time since being charged with sex trafficking, racketeering, and forced labor to proclaim his innocence.
“Yes, I am innocent,” he told Dateline. “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.”
Here are all the dark details about the organization federal prosecutors have described as a “sexual pyramid scheme.”
1What is Nxivm?
Raniere and Nancy Salzman founded NXIVM, a personal development company in 1998, offering “Executive Success Programs” that reportedly attracted the Hollywood elite including Smallville actress Allison Mack, heiresses, the co-founder of BET, and a former U.S. Surgeon General.
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From brainwashing women into becoming his slaves to branding their flesh with his initials, Keith Raniere led his NXIVM cult with brutal precision for 20 years, until being arrested in 2018. But he wasn’t acting alone. Raniere managed to convince celebrities like “Smallville” actress Allison Mack to help him fulfill his twisted fantasies — and recruit other women to be his slaves. In fact, Mack later claimed that she came up with the idea of branding the women herself. Discover the disturbing story of sex, celebrity, and psychological torture inside the NXIVM cult by visiting the link in our profile. #wtf #cults #nxivm #allisonmack #keithraniere #crime #crimestories