Keith Raniere, The NXIVM leader, who was sentenced to 120 years in prison in October for crimes including sex trafficking and fraud, was ordered by a federal judge to pay more than $3.4 million to 21 victims. on Tuesday. Based on New York Times, some of the money will be used to remove traces of one of the NXIVM’s most notorious rituals: the branding of Raniere’s initials on women’s skin.
The branding took place in DOS, an NXIVM secret society that prosecutors have described as a sex ring. “Virtually all low-ranking members of DOS were victims of a conspiracy” involving forced labor, Brooklyn federal judge Nicholas Garaufis said in the replacement hearing, according to Time. He added that DOS members were instructed to perform sexual acts by “higher-ranking members.” As the article noted, DOS is an acronym for a Latin phrase that roughly translates to “Lord/Master of obedient female companions.”
Garaufis said during the hearing that about 100 people filed claims totaling about $33 million. His decision to accept the claims of the 21 victims came during a confrontation between him and one of Raniere’s attorneys, Marc Fernich. According to the New York Post, Fernich says he requested — and was denied — an hour-long delay to attend the funeral of a longtime friend. The tabloid reported that during the hearing, Garaufis and Fernich spent half an hour staring at each other in silence as the rest of the courtroom looked on. (Raniere, who is being held at a federal prison in Tucson, Arizona, mostly appeared at the hearing.)
Fernich said to Post that he asked for an adjournment on Sunday, after his friend and mentor died, and Garaufis replied with one word: “No.” When Fernich said during the hearing that Garaufis lacked “humanity,” the judge, according to the tabloid, took a box of tissues, told a court clerk, “Give him this so he can cry ,” and threatened to arrest Fernich unless he took the throne.
As if Times note, Raniere has claimed to have stayed away from physical assets, potentially complicating the chargeback process. CNN report that he said he had not yet seen the government submit a hearing on compensation. “I don’t know who the victim is,” Raniere said. “I don’t know what they’re asking.”
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