NXIVM sex cult leader Keith Raniere is having a miserable time in prison – so much so that his lawyers just filed a document expressing that he’s living without the necessary means to survive.
Raniere’s lawyers filed an explosive letter in federal court on Thursday, Jan. 31, begging a judge to approve the accused sex mastermind’s third request to be released on bond. The lawyers initially filed the bond request last month and a judge has yet to sign off on it.
In the latest documents obtained by Radar, Raniere attorneys claimed the NXIVM founder is now facing an “extreme” deprivation of rights behind bars at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, New York, where he is housed.
“We write to alert the Court to Raniere’s detention at the MDC, which is functioning as a more extreme deprivation of his rights than what is typical for pretrial detainees,” the document stated.
The attorneys claimed that due to the government shutdown, visitation rights have halted, making it difficult for the NXIVM founder to meet with his attorneys.
But what appears to be Raniere’s biggest concern is the lack of heat in the prison.
“MDC has been without heat, electricity, hot water commissary or warm food since January 27, 2019, following an apparent fire in the institution,” the attorneys wrote to the judge.
“Raniere has relayed to us, through a colleague in the Federal Defender’s Office, that MDC has not provided Raniere with any means to keep warm – and apparently the temperature in the institution is 44 degrees.”
The document also stated that while prison officers have been given masks due to the “smell of noxious fumes” in the facility, inmates have been spared the same opportunity to protect themselves.
As Radar readers know, Raniere’s previous two requests to be released on bail were opposed by U.S. attorneys. A judge ultimately also denied the requests.
Raniere, along with Smallville actress Allison Mack, Lauren and Nancy Salzman, Kathy Russell and Clare Bronfman are all defendants in the NXIVM case. The group of six are accused of racketeering and face multiple counts of sex trafficking.
Of course, even if a judge were to sign off on Raniere’s attempt to get out of the alleged frigid jail where he is housed, a judge in the case confirmed earlier this week that Raniere and his co-defendants are running out of money to pay their legal fees.
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