The trial in opposition to accused sex-cult chief Keith Raniere has wrapped up — with out the Svengali-like Nxivm guru taking the stand.
Brooklyn federal prosecutors rested their case in opposition to Raniere, 58, round lunch Friday after a six-week trial.
Questioned about whether or not the defendant would take the stand in his personal protection, Raniere and his lawyer, Marc Agnifilo, quietly conferred on the desk earlier than the lawyer stated his consumer didn’t want to testify.
Choose Nicholas Garaufis then directed a sequence of questions on the self-proclaimed “Grandmaster,” who quietly answered every query in a fair tone.
“I do, your honor,” Raniere responded when requested if he understood he had a proper to testify.
Earlier Friday, Agnifilo made a movement to dismiss the indictment, saying the federal government had didn’t show his consumer had engaged in racketeering or business sex-trafficking.
Garaufis denied the movement.
The federal government rested its case after presenting the jury with photographs of kid pornography they declare Raniere possessed of certainly one of his intercourse slaves — and presenting jurors with a sequence of more and more nauseating statements from the Nxivm chief.
Prosecutors declare the Raniere based a secret master-slave society referred to as DOS, during which girls have been branded along with his initials, starved, and ordered to have intercourse with him.
Jurors heard testimony from a number of former Nxivm members and intercourse slaves who described how the sex-obsessed Raniere required they pose for nude pictures, have interaction in group intercourse and carry out penance — reminiscent of spanking themselves with leather-based paddles — in the event that they stepped out of line.
Later Friday, Nxivm’s former president, Nancy Salzman, agreed to forfeit $515,770 in money, a Steinway grand piano, and a handful of properties within the Albany space — together with “Smallville” actress Allison Mack’s house at 7 Common’s Approach in Clifton Park, NY.
Salzman pleaded responsible to a single cost of racketeering conspiracy in March. Her sentencing is for July 10.
Opening statements are anticipated to start Monday. Raniere faces life behind bars if convicted.