Keith Raniere, the leader of the NXIVM sex cult based in New York, has been found guilty of sex trafficking.
Since May, jurors have been hearing testimony from what prosecutors say are former “sex slaves” who spoke about the torment of being branded with Raniere’s initials, their “supreme master” who was known as “Vanguard” and revered as “the smartest man in the world” among some followers. Several women discussed how they were lured into the cult under the pretense that it was a sex-empowerment group.
However, they said they were then forced by other women who were their “masters” to turn over “collateral,” including nude photographs, and groomed for sex with Raniere.
Raniere’s adherents included TV actress Allison Mack, best known for her role in the series “Smallville;” a Seagram’s liquor fortune heiress, Clare Bronfman; and a daughter of TV actress Catherine Oxenberg.