By Fox News. A jury is about to begin deliberating at the trial of the former leader of an upstate New York self-help group that prosecutors say branded women.
The deliberations in the case against Keith Raniere are set for Wednesday in federal court in Brooklyn.
Prosecutors have told jurors that said the 58-year-old Raniere’s organization, called NXIVM, operated like a cult. (Read more from “Jury Deliberations to Begin in NXIVM Sex-Trafficking Case” HERE)
Nxivm Trial: Sex Cult Was Like ‘Horror Movie’ Prosecutor Says
By The New York Times. A housing development in a small upstate New York town where members of the cultlike group Nxivm had homes functioned as the set of a “horror movie,” and the group’s leader, Keith Raniere, played the role of the central villain, a federal prosecutor told jurors on Monday.
During closing arguments in Mr. Raniere’s racketeering and sex trafficking trial, the prosecutor, Moira Penza, pointed to a map of a Clifton Park neighborhood where many Nxivm members lived, then described what witnesses said had happened inside several homes. . .
Mr. Raniere, 58, co-founded Nxivm (pronounced NEX-ee-um) in the 1990s as a self-help organization based near Albany. He is now on trial on charges of racketeering conspiracy, identity theft, extortion, forced labor, money laundering, wire fraud and sex trafficking. (Read more from “Nxivm Trial: Sex Cult Was Like ‘Horror Movie’ Prosecutor Says” HERE)