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Nxivm leader Keith Raniere claims he was attacked in prison

Twisted Nxivm chief Keith Raniere was battered in jail by a fellow intercourse trafficker who left him with a black eye and dizzy for days, based on courtroom paperwork.

The sex-slave perv complained in a flurry of courtroom filings that he was attacked in his Arizona jail by Maurice Withers, 33, who’s serving 18 years for trafficking 5 girls, together with not less than one minor.

“On July 26, 2022, I used to be assaulted whereas strolling to a desk with my meals within the eating corridor. I didn’t combat again,” Raniere mentioned in an affidavit in his ongoing lawsuit about circumstances whereas he serves his 120-year sentence.

His attorneys mentioned Withers hit him “with a closed fist” on his “head and face.”

“I’ve had no contact with Mr. Withers previous to his assault on me,” Raniere mentioned of the attacker, who prosecutors beforehand mentioned has a tattoo studying, “Ain’t No Cash Like Hoe Cash.”

“I used to be dizzy for a number of days and couldn’t get away from bed,” Raniere complained of the assault at USP Tucson.

Nxivm leader Keith Raniere
Nxivm chief Keith Raniere complained that he was assaulted in jail by a fellow intercourse trafficker.

His attorneys additionally mentioned that the cult chief “suffered a black eye, swelling, nausea, and dizziness for over every week,” and was hit so exhausting, he “has restricted information of the assault.”

“Mr. Raniere requested for ice packs to assist with the ache and swelling however the request was denied,” his legal professional complained within the submitting.

The battering was seemingly caught on surveillance footage, however he “has not been permitted to view the video,” the submitting mentioned.

Nxivm logo with Keith Raniere’s initials
The Nxivm brand with Keith Raniere’s initials that was branded on girls who adopted the twisted chief.
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Wardens knew the cult chief was a sufferer, however punished him “following a sample of retaliation” in opposition to him, Raniere and his legal professional claimed.

“I used to be given a disciplinary ticket for ‘combating’ and have had my privileges revoked and was positioned in segregation ‘pending investigation,’” Raniere mentioned within the affidavit.

“I consider that I used to be given a disciplinary ticket as retaliation for the latest publicity that my case has obtained because of my efforts to problem my conviction.”

Whereas in a Particular Housing Unit, he “was denied contact authorized visits along with his attorneys, and compelled to both yell by plexiglass or be handcuffed and shackled to a stomach chain to speak along with his attorneys,” his submitting complained.

Even when his disciplinary ticket was dismissed, he “was nonetheless pressured to put on painful handcuffs and stomach chains” when his legal professional visited, the submitting mentioned.

The United States Penitentiary, Tucson
The US Penitentiary, Tucson, the place Nxivm sex-slave cult chief Keith Raniere claims he was attacked.
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Raniere has additionally been put in a cell with an intersex girl — and compelled to eat his lunch “subsequent to day-old human feces … smeared everywhere in the wall,” based on different paperwork cited by the Sun.

He was beforehand additionally pressured into SHU after illicitly getting one other inmate to move a love word to actress Nicki Clyne, the ex-wife of Nxivm’s different most high-profile member, fellow actress Allison Mack, after she was banned from visiting.

“Mr. Raniere spent a complete of 97 days within the SHU for saying ‘Ship her my love,’” his attorneys mentioned, calling Clyne a “shut private pal and accomplice of Mr. Raniere’s for over 15 years.”

Nxivm Executive Success Programs office in Albany
The outside of the Nxivm Government Success Applications workplace in Albany, New York.
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The “Battlestar Galactica” star is just one of a handful of Nxivm members who’ve been barred from visiting him in jail, the paperwork famous — with others together with Danielle Roberts, the physician who misplaced her medical license for branding the cult chief’s victims along with his initials.

Even considered one of his attorneys, Suneel Chakravorty, had gone by Nxivm coaching, the paperwork famous whereas arguing for his proper to proceed legal professional visits.

Raniere is serving a 120-year jail sentence after he was convicted on a number of expenses, together with intercourse trafficking and racketeering, for working a intercourse cult often called “DOS” that pulled members from his numerous self-help teams, together with Nxivm.

His alleged attacker, Withers, was sentenced to 18 years in jail in 2017 for trafficking girls into prostitution in Wisconsin in addition to Las Vegas. He was convicted of 9 counts of intercourse trafficking, together with three counts involving a minor, prosecutors mentioned on the time.

In response to his trial, Withers met the ladies on social media after which “used violence, threats, intimidation, degradation, and psychological manipulation to power them” into prostitution.

A federal prosecutor informed jurors that Withers was “proud and even boastful about” being “a pimp,” along with his express tattoo, the Times Union noted.

“He sells girls and ladies for intercourse. You’ll hear that he would do something to become profitable … All he wanted was a gentle provide of girls and ladies to promote,” the prosecutor mentioned, based on the report.

The Bureau of Prisons didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark. It was not clear if disciplinary motion had been taken in opposition to Withers for the alleged jail assault.

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