Truths about Nxivm leader Keith Raniere that his loyalists still refuse to face - 2020-10-29
I was not able to be in court Tuesday to see Keith Raniere sentenced to 120 years in prison. Like many Nxivm observers, I knew this outcome could happen, but it's still hard to process a sentence that is longer than a life. Federal prisoners are required to serve 85 percent of their sentence. Effectively, Raniere's sentence is no less than 102 years.
In an interview with Frank Parlato, Raniere's lawyer Mark Agnifilo said, "Cami's gonna be it. She's gonna take the house down." He added, "I don't want to get too much into the reason why, you know, I advise Keith, but I mean, assuming Cami is going to come to court, and she's going to say, 'This is what happened. I was 15. And he took pictures of me,' I said [to Keith], 'This is the worst possible time for us to bring up a tampering [motion]. You know, the allegation [of tampering] is right after Cami said, 'It's seared in my brain. He took pictures of me, I'll never forget it'."
As Agnifilo predicted, Cami did bring the house down. In court, Cami confirmed she was a 15-year-old virgin when the then-45-year-old Raniere raped her. This puts the lie to a claim by Nxivm loyalists that the nude photos of Camila found in a hard drive in Raniere's study were tampered with. Camila stated, "He took naked pictures of me — the experience of being photographed is seared in my memory,"