Published On: Wed, Jul 21st, 2021

Keith Raniere, NXIVM Cult Leader, Ordered to Pay $3.5 Million to Victims

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Keith Raniere, the former leader of the cult NXIVM, was ordered by a federal judge in Brooklyn on Tuesday to pay nearly $3.5 million in restitution to 21 of his victims, according to reports. Raniere, 60, attended the federal restitution hearing by video from an Arizona prison. He was previously sentenced to 120 years in prison in 2020 for sex trafficking, federal racketeering, and child pornography charges dealt in 2019 for his involvement in the New York-based cult. He was also fined $1.75 million at the time. The latest $3.5 million fine includes the cost of removing scars from branding rituals performed by a secret sorority composed of female “slaves” that Raniere had in NXIVM. In addition to being branded with Raniere’s initials with a cauterizing pen, the women were kept on starvation diets and at times ordered to have sex with him, according to court filings. The group was called DOS, an acronym for …

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