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Self-help guru coerced followers into sex, branded women with cauterizing pen, feds say

Self-help guru coerced followers into sex, branded women with cauterizing pen, feds say

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The villas inside, according to court documents filed this week, had a price tag of up to $10,000 a week, not a place to expect a man who claimed for years he was penniless and didn't even have a driver's license.But Keith Raniere - known to his followers across the world as the Vanguard - was living inside one of the properties with several women, according to federal prosecutors. Mexican authorities took him into custody and delivered him to Texas on Monday. He is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday on federal sex trafficking charges. As Raniere was taken from the Mexican villa, the women chased after authorities in their own car at high speed, prosecutors say.Raniere's tractor-beam hold on his female followers is exactly the issue laid out in a federal criminal complaint unsealed on...
Who Is Keith Raniere? Self-Help Guru Accused of Sex Trafficking and Branding 'Slave' Followers

Who Is Keith Raniere? Self-Help Guru Accused of Sex Trafficking and Branding 'Slave' Followers

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The leader of secretive self-help group NXIVM was on Tuesday arrested in Mexico on sex trafficking charges. Keith Raniere, known to followers as The Vanguard, was arrested in a luxury villa outside Puerto Vallarta and deported to the U.S., where he has been charged with sex trafficking, sex trafficking conspiracy and conspiracy to commit forced labor.Several female followers reportedly chased the car in which Raniere was being transported by investigators from the Mexican villa. Raniere appeared in a federal court in Fort Worth, Texas, on Tuesday, where he declined to make a statement, reported the Star-Telegram. Recommended SlideshowsWhat Is NXIVM?NXIVM is a secretive self-help organization based in New York founded by Raniere and Nancy Salzman.Raniere on his w...
A Self-Help Guru Allegedly Forced His Members To Become Sex Slaves And Branded Them

A Self-Help Guru Allegedly Forced His Members To Become Sex Slaves And Branded Them

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A man accused of creating a secretive cult to coerce and manipulate women into being sex slaves is on his way back to New York after being arraigned Tuesday afternoon in a Texas federal court.Keith Raniere, founder of the self-help group NVIXM, was plucked from a luxurious villa near Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, on Sunday and handed over to US officials, who had been working with Mexican authorities to track him down. He's since been charged with sex trafficking, sex trafficking conspiracy and conspiracy to commit forced labor.During his short, four-minute hearing in Fort Worth, the 57-year-old Raniere appeared dazed and unshaven, shackled and sporting a blue T-shirt and khaki shorts, according to the Star-Telegram. He declined to make a statement and waived his right to a hearing to determ...
Feds: 'Self-Help' Guru Kept Women as Sex 'Slaves,' Branded Them With His Initials

Feds: 'Self-Help' Guru Kept Women as Sex 'Slaves,' Branded Them With His Initials

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‘MASTER OVER SLAVE WOMEN’Feds: ‘Self-Help’ Guru Kept Women as Sex ‘Slaves,’ Branded Them With His InitialsCourt docs show Keith Raniere, co-founder of secretive marketing cult NXIVM, coerced members into sex acts and branded them with a cauterizing pen.Tatyana Bellamy-Walker03.27.18 2:48 PM ETPhoto Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily BeastA “self-help” guru was charged this week with sex-trafficking his female members, keeping them as “slaves,” and branding them with his initials.Federal authorities arrested Keith Raniere, the founder of NXIVM, a secret multi-level marketing cult, on Monday for allegedly forcing members to engage in sex acts. Raniere, 57, who is known as “The Vanguard,” previously fled to Mexico last year ahead of a federal probe and New York Times investigatio
Self-help guru Tony Robbins faces backlash for #MeToo criticism at San Jose event

Self-help guru Tony Robbins faces backlash for #MeToo criticism at San Jose event

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Globally renowned self-help guru Tony Robbins is fending off criticism from some of his usually devoted fans for #MeToo-related comments he made at a seminar in San Jose earlier this month, during which he suggested that women who speak up about sexual harassment or abuse are mostly trying to feel important.Tony Robbins speaks during a Q&A at the celebration of the release of his documentary ‘I Am Not Your Guru’ in Beverly Hills in 2016. (Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for Tony Robbins) Speaking to a packed crowd at the SAP Center on March 15 — as part of his three-and-a-half-day “Unleash the Power Within” seminar — Robbins earned heckles and a subsequent online backlash for suggesting that #MeToo is a negative example of people hyping their “victimhood” in order to gain
(LEAD) GM exec urges GM Korea union's agreement on self-help plan by March

(LEAD) GM exec urges GM Korea union's agreement on self-help plan by March

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(ATTN: RECASTS throughout; ADDS union's response in 2nd para from bottom) SEOUL, March 27 (Yonhap) -- An official from General Motors Co. has asked the union of its South Korean unit to accept the company's latest wage offers to avoid bankruptcy, GM Korea said Tuesday. In a closed meeting with union leaders on Monday, GM Executive Vice President Barry Engle said the two sides badly need to sign a wage offer by the end of this month, even if it is a tentative agreement, as creditors want GM Korea and its union to reach an agreement on a self-help plan by April 20, according to GM Korea. Unless GM Korea submits its self-rescue plan to creditors led by the state-run Korea Development Bank (KDB), there will be no financial support from the KDB-led creditors. The company may go bankr...
Feds say self-help guru coerced followers into sex, had them branded with a cauterizing pen

Feds say self-help guru coerced followers into sex, had them branded with a cauterizing pen

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(Screen grab/ABC News)Authorities caught up with the alleged fugitive self-help guru behind the walls of a luxury gated community near Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.The villas inside, according to court documents filed this week, had a price tag of up to $10,000 a week, not a place to expect a man who claimed for years he was penniless and didn’t even have a driver’s license.But Keith Raniere — known to his followers across the world as the Vanguard — was living inside one of the properties with several women, according to federal prosecutors. Mexican authorities took him into custody and delivered him to Texas on Monday. He is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday on federal sex trafficking charges. As Raniere was taken from the Mexican villa, the women chased after author
Self-help guru ran sex slave cult, FBI says

Self-help guru ran sex slave cult, FBI says

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March 27 (UPI) -- A self-help group leader is accused of forcing his female clients into a sexual slavery cult, according to an FBI indictment released Monday.Keith Raniere, founder of Nxivm, an Albany, N.Y.-based self-group group aims to "empower people and answer important questions about what it means to be human," was arrested at a luxury resort in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and deported by Mexican authorities Sunday. He faces charges of sex trafficking, sex trafficking conspiracy and forced labor conspiracy and is scheduled to appear in federal court in Fort Worth, Texas on Tuesday."Keith Raniere created a secret society of women whom he had sex with and branded with his initials, coercing them with the threat of releasing their highly personal information and taking their assets," U....
Founder of the secretive self-help group NXIVM charged with sex trafficking

Founder of the secretive self-help group NXIVM charged with sex trafficking

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The founder of the secretive self-help group NXIVM has been arrested for sex trafficking and forced labor conspiracy charges. Keith Raniere, also known as “The Vanguard” to members within the organization, was charged today in Brooklyn federal court with sex trafficking, sex trafficking conspiracy and conspiracy to commit forced labor. The charges arise from Raniere’s alleged role as the leader of a secret society within NXIVM. According to the U.S. States Attorney's Office, Raniere was deported by Mexican authorities after he was found Sunday outside Puerto Vallarta, Mexico in a luxury villa. “As alleged in the complaint, Keith Raniere created a secret society of women whom he had sex with and branded with his initials, coercing them with the threat of releasing their highly persona