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Clare Bronfman tells judge she wants to stick with Mark Geragos

 
Correspondent VillageDianne snapped the photo above of Nxivm defendant and Seagram’s heiress Clare Bronfman, right, and her attorney Mark Geragos, left, as they left the Brooklyn courthouse yesterday. And she gave us her thoughts on how the hearing went…

Continue reading Clare Bronfman tells judge she wants to stick with Mark Geragos

How Keith Raniere’s attorneys are pushing back against the new charges in the Nxivm case

[Keith Raniere and his attorney Marc Agnifilo]

The big news from yesterday’s court hearing was that three additional Nxivm defendants are negotiating plea deals, which, if it actually happens, would leave just Keith Raniere and Clare Bronfman facing trial scheduled to begin April 29.

Continue reading How Keith Raniere’s attorneys are pushing back against the new charges in the Nxivm case

Times Union piece on Nancy Salzman’s fall from Nxivm ‘Prefect’ to guilty plea is devastating

[Keith Raniere and Nancy Salzman in happier times]

The Albany Times Union really uncorked a beauty today. Written by Brendan J. Lyons, it does a great job tracing Nancy Salzman’s involvement with Keith Raniere and Nxivm now that she’s pled guilty, the first of the Nxivm defendants to do so.

A few excerpts from the piece…

— For Salzman, a self-declared “psychotherapist,” Wednesday’s plea marked the first break in her more than 20 years of allegiance to NXIVM’s spiritual leader, Keith Raniere, who remains a top target of the Justice Department’s continuing prosecution.

— By the mid-1990s, Salzman was running a Capital Region business called the International Center for Change, where she promoted teaching “strategies for success.” After being introduced to Raniere, and meeting several women who were part of his inner circle at a 1997 Christmas party, she quickly bought into his theories of what he called “rational inquiry.” Together, they formed Executive Success Programs, which would become the foundation of NXIVM. Raniere set about developing self-help training modules that were patented as “intellectual properties,” Salzman said, and drew clients that included high-level officials in New York government agencies.

— Salzman’s devotion to Raniere’s teachings, including a relationship the government said at one time included intimacy, resulted in her unwavering commitment to the man who called himself “Vanguard,” even as published reports and court filings began detailing the organization’s relentless attacks on its enemies and Raniere’s alleged penchant for manipulating women, including minors, for sex. In one instance, Salzman is alleged to have participated in Raniere’s decision to keep a young Mexican girl — whose family members were NXIVM devotees — locked in the upstairs bedroom of a Halfmoon townhouse, in a neighborhood where Raniere and many of his followers have lived for more than 20 years. Federal prosecutors say the young woman was held there against her will for 23 months. The young woman’s “breach” that led to her punishment was that she had shown affection for someone other than Raniere. Her crush, according to court records and federal prosecutors, was Benjamin T. Myers, 41, who oversees NXIVM’s computers and is in a relationship with Salzman’s younger daughter, Michelle, 39, also a NXIVM devotee. According to a new indictment unsealed last week, Salzman in 2005 allegedly helped facilitate Raniere’s sexual relationship with the young Mexican woman’s sister, who was at the time 15 years old.

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Posted by Tony Ortega on March 18, 2019 at 17:00

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Nxivm prosecutors still skeptical that Mark Geragos and daughter can avoid conflicts

[Teny Geragos and her famous father Mark]

The other day we noted that one of Keith Raniere’s attorneys, Teny Geragos, had assured the court that there would be no conflict if her famous father, defense attorney Mark Geragos, represented Raniere’s co-defendant, Seagram’s heiress Clare Bronfman, in the upcoming Nxivm trial.

Continue reading Nxivm prosecutors still skeptical that Mark Geragos and daughter can avoid conflicts

What is Nxivm? The summary in this court document is actually pretty good

 
We jumped right into things with this new blog, and the Nxivm story is moving fast as one defendant, Nancy Salzman, pleaded guilty on Wednesday and trial for the other five defendants is still scheduled for April 29.

Continue reading What is Nxivm? The summary in this court document is actually pretty good

Keith Raniere: What does the smartest man in the world sound like?

[Keith Raniere and Allison Mack]

We’re still just settling in here at our new blog that will be watching the Nxivm trial unfold in the coming months. Some of our readers are asking us what this Nxivm thing is all about, not having been caught up in the fascinating coverage that’s appeared in places like Vanity Fair and the New York Times.

Continue reading Keith Raniere: What does the smartest man in the world sound like?

The new Nxivm superseding indictment is here — and this is what’s new in it

[Keith Raniere]

Nxivm watchers have been anticipating this for some time, and today the new superseding indictment landed and we have a copy. One of the biggest changes from the previous indictment is that Nancy Salzman has been removed as a defendant now that she’s pled guilty.

Continue reading The new Nxivm superseding indictment is here — and this is what’s new in it

Nxivm’s Scientology-like targeting of critics outlined as Nancy Salzman pleads guilty

[Nancy Salzman leaves court today. Photo by VillageDianne]

NEW: The new superseding indictment hit the court file the same day Nancy Salzman pled guilty, and we have it here.

Some additional very interesting documents have been unsealed in the Nxivm case even as one of its chief defendants, Nancy Salzman, pled guilty today in a Brooklyn court to a count of racketeering.

First, let’s take a look at what the press is saying about Salzman’s appearance in court today…

Continue reading Nxivm’s Scientology-like targeting of critics outlined as Nancy Salzman pleads guilty

Press reactions to Nancy Salzman pleading guilty in Nxivm case

[Keith Raniere and Nancy Salzman]

Hey, we just got off a long flight and saw that the Nxivm story blew up in a big way while we were in the air.

Continue reading Press reactions to Nancy Salzman pleading guilty in Nxivm case

Nxivm: Prosecutors provide some details of sex slavery in unsealed memo

[Keith Raniere and Nancy Salzman]

In January, prosecutors filed a memo with the court in order to counter arguments by Nxivm defendants that their upcoming six-defendant criminal trial should be broken up into multiple trials.

Continue reading Nxivm: Prosecutors provide some details of sex slavery in unsealed memo