NEW YORK – One was confined to a room for nearly two years in a Halfmoon townhouse. The other was blindfolded, tied to a table and subjected to sexual abuse by a stranger.
On Monday, both women were called liars by lawyers for the man the women said ordered their torment: NXIVM leader Keith Raniere.
In an attempt to get their client a new trial, lawyers for Raniere, 59, contend both women lied under oath last year when they said they weren’t planning to sue Raniere, a purported personal growth guru facing the possibility of life in federal prison at his sentencing next month.
They are among more than 80 victims of Raniere and NXIVM who are suing him and 14 of his associates in a federal lawsuit filed in Brooklyn on Jan. 28.
In a 25-page motion Monday to Senior U.S. District Judge Nicholas Garaufis, Raniere attorneys Marc Agnifilo and Paul DerOhannesian accused the witnesses of “knowingly lying about their intention, plan and role in bringing a civil lawsuit against Raniere and others for monetary damages.”
Raniere, known within his cult-like organization as “Vanguard,” based his business in Colonie and lived in Halfmoon where some two-dozen of his top disciples resided in and around the Knox Woods townhouse complex. He is scheduled to be sentenced April 16 in U.S. District Court in Brooklyn where a jury convicted him last June of sex trafficking, forced labor conspiracy and racketeering. He is jailed without bail until his sentencing.
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