Positive, he ran a sex-slave cult — however what a serve!
Dozens of followers penned glowing letters of assist for Nxivm chief Keith Raniere forward of his sentencing for sex-trafficking subsequent week — and a shocking variety of adherents gushed about his penchant for late-night volleyball video games.
The letters, unsealed Tuesday in Brooklyn federal courtroom, are from former college students of Raniere’s Govt Success Program and members of the key master-slave group DOS and paint the Svengali-like chief as a mild-mannered man who cared for others.
Additionally they painting the 60-year-old as a fiercely aggressive volleyball participant, discussing the late-night video games that had been a fixture of Nxivm, and had been featured closely in recent HBO docu-series “The Vow.”
“In these video games, each time there was doubt in how a ball was referred to as, he would all the time ask to cease the play till we made certain that every one concerned had been in settlement with the choice. If there was no consensus then the play can be repeated to honor the angle of everybody concerned,” wrote one pal, Edgar Boone,
Theo Chiappone, who mentioned he met Raniere as a child, mentioned the video games “began to imply extra than simply additional apply to assist me be higher at college.”
“Keith was an enormous a part of late evening volleyball for me,” Chiappone wrote. “Regardless of how drained we had been or how indignant I’d get on that day, he would nonetheless encourage me to pay attention to the state I used to be in and assist me deal with the sport.”
“I keep in mind going eight video games undefeated with Keith and observing the cool tips and float serves he might handle and on prime of that, the infantile boasting and bragging he would use to excite and encourage the opposite group,” he added.
Michael Baker, who spent 15 years in Nxivm, mentioned he performed volleyball with the convicted intercourse trafficker three nights every week and practiced whereas Raniere performed music by Russian composer Sergei Rachmaninov.
Raniere was convicted last year for a slew of costs largely associated to DOS. Often known as “Vanguard,” Raniere’s harem of “slaves” had been starved, branded along with his initials and compelled to have intercourse with him as a part of their membership in DOS, that means Dominus Obsequious Sororium — or “grasp over slave ladies.”
A lot of victims testified at his trial, saying they had been brainwashed by Raniere and his cohorts and recalling the volleyball gatherings, the place everybody would collect to observe Raniere break a sweat on the volleyball courtroom.
Raniere faces life in prison at his sentencing on Tuesday.
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