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New York - 19 June 2019
1. Court sketch of Keith Raniere and his lawyers
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New York - 19 June 2019
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Richard P. Donoghue, US attorney for the Eastern District of New York:
"Minutes ago, a federal jury here in the Eastern District of New York returned verdicts convicting Keith Raniere on all counts in his federal indictment. With these convictions, Raniere stands convicted of racketeering, sex trafficking, and related crimes."
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Richard P. Donoghue, US attorney for the Eastern District of New York:
"Over the last seven weeks, this trial has revealed that Raniere who portrayed himself as a savant and a genius was, in fact, a master manipulator, a conman and the crime boss of a cult-like organization involved in sex trafficking, child pornography, extortion, compelled abortions, branding, degradation and humiliation."
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Richard P. Donoghue, US attorney for the Eastern District of New York:
"The evidence proved that Raniere was truly a modern-day Svengali."
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Richard P. Donoghue, US attorney for the Eastern District of New York:
"His crimes and the crimes of his co-conspirators ruined marriages, careers, fortunes and lives."
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Marc Agnifilo, Attorney representing Keith Raniere:
"Keith maintains his innocence, he does plan on appealing and we do think we have some substantial grounds for an appeal."
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Marc Agnifilo, Attorney representing Keith Raniere:
"I think Keith is comfortably in that class of defendants who should not one day die alone in prison. And so, a fair sentence, I think, would give him the ability to have hope that one day he can walk as a free man. And, I think that that would be a just sentence."
The former leader of a purported self-help group was convicted Wednesday of federal conspiracy and racketeering charges that centered on lurid details of what prosecutors called a secret society of "sex slaves" within a community of followers in upstate New York.
A jury in federal court in Brooklyn took less than five hours to find Keith Raniere guilty on all counts of sex-trafficking and other charges accusing him of coercing women into unwanted sex using systematic shame and humiliation.
"Raniere was truly a modern-day Svengali," Brooklyn United States Attorney Richard Donoghue said outside court, calling the former self-help guru a lying manipulator who "ruined marriages, careers, fortunes and lives."
Raniere listened attentively, but showed no reaction as he learned the verdict.
His lawyer, Marc Agnifilo, said Raniere plans to appeal.
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