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Inside the terrifying sex cult where a Hollywood starlet lured women into slavery

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Keith Raniere, founder of the sex cult Nxivm, has been jailed for 120 years. (Photo: The New York Times/Greatstock)
Keith Raniere, founder of the sex cult Nxivm, has been jailed for 120 years. (Photo: The New York Times/Greatstock)

The screaming went on for up to 30 minutes, desperate cries from naked women who were being branded like cat­tle while three people held them each of them down. 

Afterwards, the initials KR would be seared into the flesh of their pelvises, there as a permanent reminder that they were part of an “elite sisterhood” and devotees of the man in charge. 

KR stands for Keith Raniere, founder of the so-called marketing and empow­erment company Nxivm (pronounced nex-ee-um), which had thousands of people – including actors, athletes and businesspeople – in its thrall.  

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