We're wrapping up our live coverage, but here's a breakdown of what happened in court today:
- The verdict: Raniere, 58, was found guilty on all seven counts, including racketeering, racketeering conspiracy, wire fraud conspiracy, forced labor conspiracy, sex trafficking, sex trafficking conspiracy and attempted sex trafficking.
- About the cult: The guilty verdict represents a remarkable fall for Raniere, who created Nxivm in 2003. The self-help group provided classes to nearly 17,000 people, including prominent figures like "Smallville" actress Allison Mack and Seagram's liquor heiress Clare Bronfman. But within Nxivm, Raniere also ran a secret group known as "DOS" or "The Vow" that functioned like a cult with Raniere at its head. Mack and Bronfman, who were both part of the inner DOS group, pleaded guilty in April to various charges to avoid trial.
- The trial: During six weeks of testimony in Brooklyn federal court, group members told the jury that they were pressured to have sex with Raniere, and were ceremonially branded near their bikini lines — only to realize later that their skin had been marked with Raniere's initials.
- What prosecutors said: US attorney Richard Donoghue said the trial “revealed that Raniere, who portrayed himself as a savant and a genius, was in fact a massive manipulator, a con man, and the crime boss of a cult-like organization involved in sex trafficking, child pornography, extortion, compelled abortions, branding, degradation and humiliation."
- What Raniere's attorney said: His attorney Marc Agnifilo apologized to one of Raniere's alleged victims outside of court moments after the verdict. Agnifilo added: "What I do hope is I hope people find peace and solace in the verdict, I really do."
- What happens next: Raniere is due to be sentenced on Sept. 25. He could face life in prison.