A federal judge on Monday denied convicted sex cult leader Keith Raniere’s application for a new trial.
Raniere, 59, former leader of the NXIVM group who branded women with his initials and treated them as his “sex slaves,” applied for a new trial in March after several of his accusers filed a civil lawsuit against him.
The cult leader believed he was entitled to a new trial because a number of women who testified during his six-week long trial said they had no intention of suing him — and now they are, court filings show.
Victims of the cult filed a lawsuit against Raniere and other leaders of the group in late January, saying they were subject to increasingly sexist teachings as well as unlawful medical experiments.
“(Raniere) asserts that the fact of this lawsuit is proof that these witnesses perjured themselves when they testified that they did not then intend to bring a civil suit against him and, further, that the Government knew or should have known that this testimony was false,” wrote Brooklyn Federal Court Judge Nicholas Garaufis.
“The court disagrees.”
A jury swiftly convicted Raniere in June 2019 of sex trafficking, racketeering and a host of other related charges after deliberating for just four hours.
The cult leader, who was called “Vanguard” by his brainwashed followers, sexually assaulted a harem of women recruited for his pleasure into a secret sect named “DOS” over a period of years, according to court filings.
Raniere’s sentencing has been rescheduled a number of times over concerns related to coronavirus outbreaks in federal jails. He is currently being housed at Metropolitan Detention Complex in Brooklyn.
Raniere’s attorney did not immediately respond to a request for comment.