“You know, one of the things that’s most important in our country is the justice system,” Raniere said in the interview. He added, “Both the devil and a saint should be able to get the exact same treatment under our justice system.”
Despite his pleas of innocence, Raniere said he was “sorry and pained” for his role in the organization.
“I apologize for my participation in all of this– this pain and suffering,” he said. “I’ve clearly participated. I’ve been the leader of the community. And it has come to this. Even if it is by oppression, I am absolutely sorry and pained. This is a horrible situation.”