A Nxivm cult member who secretly pleaded guilty last week to charges of racketeering conspiracy admitted to keeping her own personal slave locked in a room for two years, newly unsealed court documents reveal.
“I knowingly and intentionally harbored Jane Doe 4, a woman whose identity is known to me, in a room in the home in the Northern District of New York,” said Lauren Salzman to Brooklyn federal court Judge Nicholas Garaufis last week.
Salzman told the judge she held the woman hostage between March 2010 and April 2012 “and threatened to deport Jane Doe 4 back to Mexico if she did not complete labor requested by myself and others,” court transcripts said.
The 42-year-old defendant also admitted during the proceeding to being a member of Nxivm’s secret inner organization, DOS, which prosecutors have accused of starving and branding women.
At least one DOS member was also coerced into having sex with cult leader Keith Raniere, according to the government.
DOS was pitched as a women’s empowerment group but was actually grooming its members to have sex with Raniere, the feds claim.
“Smallville” actress Allison Mack and Seagram’s heiress Clare Bronfman have also been charged for their roles in Nxivm.
“I’m very sorry for my poor decision-making and decisions that result in the harm to others and not the just victims in this case but to hundreds of members of our community and their friends and families as well,” Salzman said during the hearing.
“I’m very sorry for my poor decision-making and decisions that result in the harm to others and not the just victims in this case but to hundreds of members of our community and their friends and families as well.”
Salzman’s guilty plea last Monday did not appear on any public calendar, and portions of the transcript are redacted — leading to speculation she may cooperate against her fellow cult members at trial.
Salzman faces up 20 years behind bars on charges of racketeering conspiracy, but prosecutors could recommend she face less time under a cooperation agreement.
Salzman’s mother, Nancy Salzman, is the only other Nxian to plead guilty. Nancy Salzman’s lawyers adamantly denied last month that she was cooperating against her co-defendants in any way.
Prosecutors have also said that Mack and the group’s accountant, Kathy Russell, are engaged in plea negotiations. Mack last week lost a bid to push back the trial date, currently set for April 29, as her lawyers continue to attempt to negotiate on her behalf.
The apparent growing wave of guilty pleas come after prosecutors filed a new indictment claiming Raniere sexually abused underage girls and produced child porn.
Lauren Salzman’s lawyer did not immediately return a request for comment.*
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The spiritual leader of alleged New York sex cult Nxivm (pronounced ‘Nexium’) was slapped with child pornography charges on Thursday, just hours after a second leader pleaded guilty to racketeering offenses while running the organization.
Federal prosecutors charged Keith Raniere, 58, in a case already alleging he coerced female members into being his sex slaves, forcing them to be branded with his initials below the waist. Court documents reportedly revealed pornographic images of a 15-year-old, as well as electronic messages between Raniere and the minor, indicating a sexual relationship.
Nancy Salzman, 65, former president of the controversial group, admitted to stealing critics’ email addresses and tampering with evidence. She is to be sentenced July 10 on charges of racketeering, and could face between 33 and 41 years in prison, NBC News reported.
Prosecutors say Nxivm was a sex-trafficking ring disguised as a mentoring group. Meant to trap new recruits within its pyramid scheme, Nxivm allegedly made its members financially vulnerable, forcing them to pay thousands of dollars for personal and professional development courses that often left them deep in debt.
“Smallville” actress Allison Mack and Seagram’s liquor heiress Clare Bronfman, along with Raniere and Salzman and two other members, were indicted in July over their alleged involvement with the group’s multilevel marketing scheme, said to be designed to recruit sex slaves. Members who recruited new slaves were reportedly rewarded with money and status bumps.
Raniere’s attorney, Marc Agnifilio, defended his client, responding to the added pornography charged with sharp criticism.
"These 11th-hour charges three weeks before the trial begins serve only to taint the jury panel,” Agnifilio said. "Had they been legitimate, the government would have brought these charges a year ago."
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