Keith Raniere led a group in which women were branded and taught to revere him. Now, he's on trial, and testimony is expected to be prurient, bizarre and nauseating, court filings suggest. Barry Meier from The New York Times reports.

It seems a fitting final act to a strange saga: On Tuesday, Keith Raniere, who once led a cultlike group in which women were branded and taught to idolise him, will face trial alone, abandoned not only by the women he subjugated and abused, but by those who served him loyally for years.

For two decades, Keith Raniere, 58, was

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