Nxivm ‘sex cult’ case: Co-founder pleads guilty to racketeering

Female recruits of Nxivm were allegedly branded with the initials of the group’s spiritual leader Keith Raniere and coerced into having sex with him.

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In all, six people – including a liquor heiress and an actress – are facing criminal charges as part of an ongoing inquiry.

On its website Nxivm (pronounced nexium) describes itself as a “community guided by humanitarian principles that seek to empower people and answer important questions about what it means to be human”.

Based in Albany, New York, the group was founded as Executive Success Programs in 1998 and says it has worked with more than 16,000 people.

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Nxivm co-founder Nancy Salzman pleads guilty in sex cult case

Nancy Salzman, 64, who pleaded guilty to a single charge of racketeering conspiracy, sobbed as she apologized for drawing her daughter, Lauren ‘ who is also charged in the case ‘ into the group, which prosecutors have described as a perverted pyramid organization.

‘I want you to know I am pleading guilty because I am, in fact, guilty,’ she said in Brooklyn federal court, her voice breaking. ‘I accept that some of the things I did were not just wrong, but sometimes criminal.

‘I justified them by saying that what we were doing was for the greater good,’ she told Judge Nicholas Garaufis. ‘I am deeply sorry for the trouble I caused my daughter, [and] the pain I caused my parents.

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Sex cult co-founder weeps during racketeering guilty plea, faces 41 months in federal lockup

The weepy co-founder of a bizarre upstate sex cult where women were branded with the leader’s initials pleaded guilty Wednesday to racketeering conspiracy for her part in the NXIVM operation.

Nancy Salzman, known to her followers as the ‘Prefect,’ entered her plea to a single count at a Brooklyn Federal Court hearing and will face 33 to 41 months in prison at her July 10 sentencing.

‘I want you to know I am pleading guilty because I am in fact guilty,’ said Salzman, breaking into tears. ‘It has taken me some time and some soul searching to realize that what I did was wrong.’

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NXIVM alleged sex cult: Co-founder of self

A case featuring sensational claims that followers of a New York self-help organisation were forced to become sex slaves have taken a new turn with one key defendant pleading guilty and another being hit with child pornography charges.

Nancy Salzman, who once ran the group NXIVM, told a judge in federal court in Brooklyn that she teamed up with self-styled spiritual leader Keith Raniere because she wanted to help people improve their lives.

But she admitted that she later lost her way when she joined efforts to spy on perceived enemies seeking to expose the Albany-based group as a cross between a pyramid scheme and a cult.

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NXIVM co-founder breaks down in tears as she pleads guilty

There were a number of major developments in the case against six members of NXIVM on Wednesday, starting with a guilty plea from one 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.’