In an NBC Information unique interview, NXIVM founder Keith Raniere apologized for his position in “all of this ache and struggling” because the chief of the cult that made headlines for being charged with intercourse trafficking and racketeering conspiracy and is the topic of HBO’s “The Vow.”
Raniere, who has not spoken out publicly since his arrest greater than two years in the past, additionally mentioned he’s planning on making a press release at his upcoming sentencing Oct. 27. He was convicted final 12 months on intercourse trafficking, pressured labor conspiracy and racketeering prices.
“Sure, I’m harmless,” he informed Dateline. “And though it’s, it is a horrible tragedy with many, many individuals being harm, I feel the primary thrust of this has been the oppression however actually a unique concern, which is difficult for me to specific. There’s a horrible injustice right here. And whether or not you suppose I’m the satan or not, the justice course of must be examined.”
Raniere additionally accused federal prosecutors of misconduct and alleged proof tampering. He at the moment faces life in jail as a decide considers affect statements from greater than 100 victims.
The interview was performed by “The Vow” participant Frank Parlato, a former NXIVM spokesman who broke the story concerning the group and led to Raniere’s conviction on his private web site. Parlato himself, together with enterprise accomplice Chitra Selvaraj, face prices of wire fraud and wire fraud conspiracy, cash laundering and corrupt interference with the administration of the IRS. Their trial has been delayed till subsequent June, in accordance with the Niagara Gazette.