Who Is Keith Raniere? 5 New Details About NVIXM Cult Leader Accused Of Having Sex With 12-Year-Old Girls

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Beyond disturbing.

Who Is Keith Raniere? The notorious leader of sex cult NXIVM has been embroiled in massive controversy this past week and it seems everyday there's new information revealing disturbing details. The latest: NXIVM group's leader Keith Raniere has been accused of having sex with girls as young as 12.

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The allegations being made against Raniere are extremely disturbing. Information in a letter written by US Attorney Richard P. Donoghue and obtained by The Daily Mail states,
 “According to confidential sources, the defendant had repeated sexual encounters with multiple teenage girls in the mid-to-late 1980s and early 1990s. In one instance, the defendant met a 15-year-old girl while he was in his 20s and had repeated sexual contact with her....

...In another instance, the defendant met a 12-year-old girl whose mother worked for the defendant and began tutoring her. Shortly thereafter, the defendant began having regular sexual intercourse with her, including at his home where he lived with multiple adult sexual partners.”

Back in March, Raniere was arrested and charged with sex trafficking and forced labor conspiracy. Authorities have been investigating Raniere and his second in command, Allison Mack (yes, the actress from Smallville) since February. Mack was arrested on April 20th for her involvement with the group. 

There are plenty more disturbing details regarding NXIVM including sex slavery, branding and a diet that restricted women to 800 calories a day. New details below:

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1. His first alleged sex slave was Allison Mack. 


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Mack was the first women to succumb to the cult and became a sex slave to Raniere. After a while, she began to recruit other women to join the group that masqueraded as a club that helped and mentored women.

“As alleged in the indictment, Allison Mack recruited women to join what was purported to be a female mentorship group that was, in fact, created and led by Keith Raniere,” Attorney Richard Donohue said in a statement. “The victims were then exploited, both sexually and for their labor, to the defendants’ benefit. The Office and our law enforcement partners are committed to prosecuting predators who victimize others through sex trafficking and forced labor.” 

2. He was in a legal battle with his ex. 


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Toni Natalie, Raniere's ex, sounded the alarms to the press about her lover's questionable tactics long before the group became notorious. She talks about their tumultuous relationship and recalls her first encounter with Raniere, which was quite disturbing: She and Natalie's husband at the time were discussing business deals with Raniere when he convinced her he could help her quit smoking.

She agreed and later met with him to talk about what made her anxious while he touched pressure points in her hand. He told her to do the same and following that meeting, she never smoked again. The disturbing part was that Natalie thought the whole meeting was fifteen minute and she was dumbfounded when her husband at the time told her it was actually well over two hours. Creepy.

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3. Raniere was once in the Guinness Book of World Records for being one of the most intelligent people in the world. 


A post shared by Lacalletv (@lacalletv) on Mar 27, 2018 at 8:26am PDT

Raniere is extremely intelligent. His early companies were extremely successful and he has an IQ of 240. 

4. NXIVM was originally called Consumers' Buyline — and was investigated years ago.


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Before the group was re-named NXIVM, it was called Consumers' Buyline — and some people were skeptical even then. In 2003, Forbes wrote an expose on Raniere's supposed "mentorship" group. They questioned the legitimacy of the group and what his true intentions really were. The story was initially sparked by Edgar Bronfman Sr. who was troubled by his daughters Clare and Sara Bronfman's involvement with the group, especially the amount of money from their trust fund that they were pouring into it.

5. He likes to be called 'Vanguard' by his followers. 


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Well, ooooook. If there were any doubts before about Raniere's control over the NXIVM's members, this seals the deal. More sources have come out to claim Raniere has brainwashed their loved ones under the pretense of trying to help them. Apparently, Raniere tries to portray himself as 'a man of the people' and used to claim he didn't even have a bed of his own because he never took payment from anyone. The satisfaction he got from the group was apparently payment enough.

We will update this story as more details unfold.

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Molly Given is a writer living in Philadelphia and lover of all things to do with mystery and magic in life. When she’s not writing her fingers off she can be found planning her next adventure in a new part of the world.