A former “slave,” Lauren Salzman, informed jurors that group’s chief, Keith Raniere, would preside over the conferences totally clothed.
The previous “slave,” Lauren Salzman, informed jurors in federal courtroom in Brooklyn that the group’s chief, Keith Raniere, would preside over the conferences totally clothed. When he was unable to attend the conferences in individual, the ladies would take a unadorned picture and textual content it to him – ensuring he may see the place he had branded them along with his initials, Salzman mentioned.
The founding father of an alleged New York intercourse cult held conferences during which feminine “slaves” gathered bare on the ground round him whereas he sat in a chair and lectured them on philosophy, one of many ladies testified at his legal trial on Friday.
“We were to look uniform and happy,” mentioned Salzman, 42.
If convicted of essentially the most severe expenses, Raniere faces life in jail. His lawyer has argued at trial that the ladies grew to become members of Nxivm voluntarily and had been by no means coerced into doing something towards their will.
Raniere, 58, faces expenses together with intercourse trafficking and youngster pornography for allegedly utilizing his self-help group, Nxivm, to cover a secretive sorority often called DOS during which younger ladies had been pressured to have intercourse with him, comply with dangerously restrictive diets and obey his each command.
Witnesses on the trial, which started final week, have detailed how Nxivm’s academics portrayed Raniere as “some kind of god” who would unlock a extra fulfilling life for his followers.
Different first-line slaves included former “Smallville” actress Allison Mack, who like Salzman beforehand pleaded responsible to her half in Raniere’s crimes. Nancy Salzman has additionally pleaded responsible.
Salzman, whose mom, Nancy, served as Nxivm’s president, was a “first-line slave” inside DOS, which meant she answered on to Raniere and had slaves of her personal beneath her, she mentioned.
Earlier this week, a 12-year Nxivm veteran, Mark Vicente, testified he grew involved that Mack and different younger ladies within the group had change into too skinny after following a severely restrictive weight loss program at Raniere’s order.
When Vicente informed Raniere that Mack appeared “broken,” Raniere responded, “I’m trying to break her,” Vicente testified.