Tag: Racketeering and Racketeers

Tekashi 69 Drops the Facade in Court and Is Just Daniel Hernandez

For the entirety of his brief, meteoric career, the rapper known as Tekashi 69 (or 6ix9ine) fashioned himself as a recalcitrant hellion, intent on instigating conflict for its own sake. He baited law enforcement on social media with guns and money. He live-streamed himself in bed with other rappers’ girlfriends. But on Wednesday, in a […]

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Tekashi 69 to Testify Against Former Crew in Federal Court

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] The rapper and Instagram star known as Tekashi 6ix9ine has had multiple run-ins with law enforcement and is no stranger to courtrooms. But on Tuesday, standing in a navy blue prison jumpsuit in federal court in Manhattan, he took […]

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R. Kelly Denied Bail; His Lawyer Says Accusers Have ‘Groupie Remorse’

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] A federal judge in Brooklyn ordered R. Kelly to be held in custody on Friday, citing “the strong possibility of witness tampering” in the singer’s upcoming trial on accusations that he led a long-running criminal scheme to recruit women […]

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White Supremacist Leader Escapes From Arkansas Jail

The leader of a white supremacist gang in Arkansas who is facing charges of attempted murder and illegal drug distribution escaped from a county jail, the United States Marshals Service said on Wednesday. The leader, Wesley Gullett, fled the Jefferson County Detention Center in Pine Bluff, Ark., with another inmate, Christopher Sanderson, a felon who […]

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Nxivm’s Keith Raniere Convicted in Trial Exposing Sex Cult’s Inner Workings

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] He was a con man who stole money and created a harem of sexual “slaves,” branded with his initials and kept in line with blackmail, prosecutors said. But he claimed he was only helping his followers reach personal fulfillment […]

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Nxivm Trial: Leader Convicted After Trial Exposed Sex Cult’s Sordid Inner Workings

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] He was a con man who stole money and created a harem of sexual “slaves,” branded with his initials and kept in line with blackmail, prosecutors said. But he claimed he was only helping his followers reach personal fulfillment […]

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Nxivm Trial: Sex Cult Was Like ‘Horror Movie’ Prosecutor Says

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] A housing development in a small upstate New York town where members of the cultlike group Nxivm had homes functioned as the set of a “horror movie,” and the group’s leader, Keith Raniere, played the role of the central […]

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Nxivm: How a Sex Cult Leader Seduced and Programmed His Followers

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] When she first attended classes run by the self-help group Nxivm, Sylvie noticed multiple pictures on display of the group’s leader, Keith Raniere, known as Vanguard. People in the classes, held in Albany, appeared to venerate Mr. Raniere, Sylvie […]

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Nxivm Trial: Allison Mack Lured Woman Into Sex Cult, She Says

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] The young actress from California was at a low point during her first winter after moving to New York City when Allison Mack invited her to join Nxivm, a purported self-help group near Albany. The woman, who was identified […]

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Nxivm Branding Ritual Was Scripted by Cult Leader to Be ‘Like a Sacrifice’

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] In a letter and in emails, the leader of Nxivm tried to distance himself from the branding ritual that had led some members to break away from the cultlike group. But the ceremonial branding of some women involved in […]

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