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Nxivm defendant turned witness: Lauren Salzman on being Keith Raniere’s ‘slave’

[Lauren Salzman and Keith Raniere]

Our correspondent Dianne Lipson was again in court today, and gave us a riveting account of defendant-turned-witness Lauren Salzman as she described being Keith Raniere’s slave — while Raniere never took his eyes off of her.

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More Nxivm witness testimony: Keith Raniere’s solution for a doubter? Lick a puddle.

[Mark Vicente and Bonnie Piesse]

Dianne Lipson reached us between court sessions this afternoon, and we have her latest updates from the cross-examination and redirect testimony of filmmaker Mark Vicente at the Nxivm trial.

Continue reading More Nxivm witness testimony: Keith Raniere’s solution for a doubter? Lick a puddle.

Nxivm: Cross of Mark Vicente begins, Keith Raniere’s attorney digs into HBO project

[Raniere’s attorney Marc Agnifilo. Photo by Dianne Lipson]

Dianne Lipson is out of the court after the Nxivm trial’s morning session, which saw the conclusion of Mark Vicente’s direct testimony and the beginning of his cross-examination by Keith Raniere’s attorney, Marc Agnifilo. Here are her impressions…

Continue reading Nxivm: Cross of Mark Vicente begins, Keith Raniere’s attorney digs into HBO project

Keith Raniere’s attorney wants to bar evidence of Nxivm going after its enemies

[Keith Raniere and Nancy Salzman]

Although there was no new testimony for the jury today, our correspondent Dianne Lipson says a fascinating dispute happened between the prosecution and defense over evidence found in Nxivm “prefect” Nancy Salzman’s house. Here’s her dispatch…

Continue reading Keith Raniere’s attorney wants to bar evidence of Nxivm going after its enemies

Nxivm witness: Even after his wife ditched the authoritarian group, he tried to stick it out

[Mark Vicente]

Our correspondent, Dianne Lipson, tells us that there will be no new testimony in the Nxivm trial today because an alternate juror is ill.

But here’s her account of yesterday’s afternoon session, with more testimony from filmmaker Mark Vicente…

Continue reading Nxivm witness: Even after his wife ditched the authoritarian group, he tried to stick it out

Nxivm witness: Keith Raniere put women through brutal humiliation to ‘toughen’ them

[Mark Vicente, still on the stand]

Our correspondent Dianne Lipson reports to us on the morning session today at the Nxivm trial, where filmmaker Mark Vicente continues to be on direct examination for the prosecution.

Continue reading Nxivm witness: Keith Raniere put women through brutal humiliation to ‘toughen’ them

Trial testimony: Keith Raniere’s time was worth $100,000 an hour, Nxivm member was told

[Filmmaker Mark Vicente became head of the video department at Nxivm]

There’s no new testimony today in the Nxivm trial, but the last time we left off, our correspondent Dianne Lipson was heading back in for yesterday’s afternoon session, with more direct examination of filmmaker Mark Vicente. Here’s her report…

Continue reading Trial testimony: Keith Raniere’s time was worth $100,000 an hour, Nxivm member was told

Filmmaker breaks down describing Nxivm’s duplicitous ideas and evil intent

[Mark Vicente]

VillageDianne is out from the courthouse overflow room again with another report from the Nxivm trial. Today, the prosecution is getting testimony from filmmaker Mark Vicente.

Continue reading Filmmaker breaks down describing Nxivm’s duplicitous ideas and evil intent

Keith Raniere’s attorney begins cross-examination of first Nxivm ‘slave’ witness

[Keith Raniere and his attorney, Marc Agnifilo]

VillageDianne called us again from the overflow room at the Brooklyn courthouse, where she had watched about an hour of Marc Agnifilo’s cross-examination of the government’s first witness in the Nxivm trial.

Continue reading Keith Raniere’s attorney begins cross-examination of first Nxivm ‘slave’ witness

Opening statements in the NXIVM trial: One crystal clear, the other ‘surreal’

[Tanya Hajjar and Marc Agnifilo]

Our correspondent VillageDianne just got out of the Brooklyn courtroom where she heard opening statements in the Nxivm trial, where Keith Raniere is now the sole defendant, facing racketeering and sex trafficking charges. Here’s the rundown she gave us…

Continue reading Opening statements in the NXIVM trial: One crystal clear, the other ‘surreal’