There were a number of major developments in the case against six members of Nxivm on Wednesday, starting with a guilty plea from on the individuals on trial.
Nancy Salzman, the woman who co-founded the group with Keith Raniere, broke down in tears as she entered a guilty plea to one count of racketeering while apologizing to her daughter and co-defendant, Lauren.
She said that it took a great deal of soul searching to arrive at her decision, and then struggled to gather herself as she stated: ‘I am deeply sorry for the trouble I have brought to my daughter.’
Salzman did this without a plea deal in place and said she was eager to begin atoning for hers sins, with her crime carrying a sentence of up to 20 years in prison.
At the same time, attorneys for the US District Court for the Eastern District of New York began laying out their case against the remaining five members of the group, who in addition to Nxixm were also involved in the branded ex cult DOS.
One is the loneliest number: Nancy Salzman (above on Wednesday) entered a guilty plea to a charge of racketeering in court on Wednesday, breaking down as she spoke
The most shocking claims to emerge out of s memorandum filed in court this week by prosecutors was that Raniere allegedly had sexual relationships with two underage women.
Raniere was also in an ‘intimate relationship’ with Clare Bronfman claim
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‘I am pleading guilty because I am in fact guilty,’ said a shockingly frank and emotional Salzman.
‘I got involved with Nxivm because I believed we would be helping people, and I still believe some good came out of it.’
The judge scheduled her sentencing for July, and it is unclear if she will now be testifying against her former co-defendants in the case.
‘Nxivm’s teachings and practices are no more inflammatory than the allegations surrounding the predicate acts and charged offenses themselves, which include keeping a woman in a room for nearly two years, nonconsensual sex, extreme diets and sleep deprivation, sexually explicit photographs and branding of Raniere’s initials on women’s bodies without their knowledge,’ states the new prosecution filing, submitted on Monday.
Those underage sex claims were revealed in greater detail further down the documents.
That is where is was stated by prosecutes that many people ‘including the defendants, were aware of and facilitated Raniere’s sexual relationships with two underage victims.’
The first was ‘a fifteen-year-old girl who was employed by Nancy Salzman and who—ten years later—became Raniere’s first-line “slave” in DOS.’
The second was ‘a child whose sexual relationship with Raniere was known to, and facilitated by, members of the Enterprise. Raniere’s sole argument in opposition to the admission of evidence relating to his relationship with the first victim is that the government has relied on “inadmissible, unreliable, rank hearsay.” (Raniere Opp. at 6.) To the contrary, the government expects to introduce, among other sources of evidence, (1) dated images of the victim, constituting child pornography, that were created and possessed by Raniere5and (2) electronic communications between the victim and Raniere reflecting their sexual relationship and indicating that it began when she was fifteen years old. 5The government previously alerted the defendants to the existence of this evidence. Case 1:18-cr-00204-NGG-VMS Document 407 Filed 03/12/19 Page 15 of 24 PageID #: 3924