Keith Raniere: Nxivm sex cult leader urges nemesis to help him fight 'injustice' in desperate prison recording
Nxivm "sex cult" leader, Keith Raniere, has made a bizarre plea for help from prison as he attempts to have his convicting in his overturned just days before his sentencing. Raniere, in a voice recording shared with The Sun, reportedly asks his "nemesis" Frank Parlato, who is credited for destroying the cult and bringing Raniere to justice, for help in his case. Raniere, in the recording, claims he is facing huge "injustice" and "oppression" and that they need to unite for the "greater" good.
The cult leader, who was convicted in Jule last year on seven felonies, including sex trafficking, forced labor, and racketeering, is scheduled to be sentenced on October 27 and is facing life in prison if convicted. Raniere, called 'Vanguard' by his followers, has been accused of running a master-slave group called DOS, where women were branded on their groins, starved, forced into sexual acts, and were asked to provide damaging collateral like their naked pictures. Raniere was also found guilty of production and possession of child pornography, acts of extortion, and identity theft.
The cult leader, along with a group of his staunch followers called "Nxivm-5", has reached out to Parlato for assistance, claiming they had evidence of "misconduct" by prosecutors. Nxivm-5, which also includes actress Nicki Clyne, believes Raniere has been wrongly convicted and claims they had videos allegedly showing witnesses were threatened. Many believe that Reniere's followers are still brainwashed by their leader.
Raniere, who hasn't spoken publicly since his March 2018 arrest, in the recording, said: "I pondered, it's interesting, that Frank Parlato might want to form a unified effort with respect to this injustice of my case. I've mentioned that what would be best is someone who is absolutely oppositional to me coming forth and going with this.. maybe some of the opposition... maybe a witness who realized what the prosecution did was wrongful."
"And I think Frank is probably the quintessential person to do this because in so many ways we are different," the cult leader adds. "So there would be no personal interest in his creating a justice scenario where I would be off the case, so to speak, or the charges would be dropped because he thinks I'm bad, he thinks I'm evil but he sees this is wrong. He's not condoning his view of me, the things I did or whatever he thinks I did — and I don't condone the things, his methods, either."
"But that's not what's at issue, there's something greater at issue, which is an oppression that faces all of us, and an oppression that is invisible," Raniere added. The cult leader, in the audio recording from Metropolitan Detention Center, Brooklyn, New York, also claims that Parlato could aid him in delaying his sentencing and even "change the course" of his case and affect the entire US justice system.
"I think that it's important that two people that are opposites, literally diametrically opposed in their opinions about each other, would unite in a greater cause which is justice," the alleged sex trafficker says in a calm and self-assured manner. "That would be a wonderful way to go forward, and it could change the course of this — I'm a believer of that. If the sentencing were put off because of this, within a matter of weeks, because there's an exposure of the prosecution and their wrongdoing, every prosecutor in the United States would be affected in a positive way."