NXIVM founder Keith Raniere faces possible life behind bars ahead of sentencing

The leader of the alleged “sex cult” and founder of the group, also known as Vanguard, was convicted last year of sex trafficking and extortion.
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Right now we turn to sentencing day for sex cult leader Keith raniere. The founder of nxivm was convicted last year of sex trafficking and extortion and faces the possibility of life behind bars. Amy switching gears here with the story That's right. Keith raniere has been tight-lipped since his conviction last year but he is talking now. He says he regrets nothing. Today in court he will be listening to hours of statements from some of his victims and to a judge who could put him away for good. This morning, Keith raniere, founder of the secretive self-help group nxivm will be sentenced facing life behind bars for his role in the so-called sex cult. I'm an interesting person. I'm a controversial person, but most importantly I'm an unconventional person. Reporter: Prosecutors say raniere known as vanguard to his followers was a con man and a predator who used blackmail to force women to be his slaves and have sexual relationships with him. Raniere hadn't spoken publicly since he was convicted of sex trafficking, racketeering and conspiracy charges last year. This call is from -- Keith raniere. An inmate at a federal prison. Reporter: But this weekend with the help of followers who still support him, he released a podcast from behind bars saying he is just trying to do good. You know, you have the people, the gandhis, Marti Luther kings, all those great people of the world and, you know, I'm nowhere, nowhere near that in what I've been able to achieve. Yeah, in this particular case, I'm given a spotlight that is far greater than my personhood. Reporter: And that he's not the devil some people think he is. Women have been treated terribly in this country, and in the world but in particular in this country by people of power, by people like me, but that doesn't mean that I did those things and it certainly doesn't mean that I'm guilty of these charges. Reporter: Many of raniere's former followers will be inside the courtroom to deliver victim impact statements to the judge including India oxenberg daughter of Catherine oxenberg who spent seven years in the group. In her first interview since breaking free from the so-called guru she told us she was brainwashed branded with his initials and coerced into a relationship with him. I'm planning to speak at his sentencing. I need that closure. Do you know what you're going to say. I have a written statement that I've been paining over and over and then I woke up a couple of days ago at 4:00 A.M. And just wrote something out that came -- it just flew out of me and I felt like that's what I need to say so I'm planning on saying that. Now, five other nxivm leaders including actress Allison Mack were charged along with raniere. One was recently sentenced to more than six years in prison, Mack and the others don't have sentencing dates yet but will be an emotional and powerful day in court today.

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