After weeks of relentlessly lurid testimony, federal prosecutors in Brooklyn on Friday wrapped up their sex trafficking case against Keith Raniere, the former spiritual leader of the self-improvement group NXIVM.
Prosecutors and defense lawyers told the judge they were finished calling witnesses in a trial that has given a disturbing inside look at the bizarre world Raniere created for followers attracted to his cult-like group in upstate New York.
Closing arguments and jury deliberations will happen next week.
Since early May, jurors have been hearing testimony from what prosecutors say are former “sex slaves” who spoke about the torment of being branded with the Raniere’s initials — their “supreme master.”
The jury has also seen alleged child pornography involving a teenage girl prosecutors say Raniere coerced into sex.
Attorneys for Raniere, 58, say that he had no criminal intent and that his sexual encounters with female followers were consensual.