Ex-NXIVM member: Keith Raniere tried to ‘break’ female ‘slaves’ in alleged sex cult

A number of feminine individuals of an alleged New York-based intercourse cult, together with Smallville actor Allison Mack, was dangerously skinny after following near-starvation diets on the course of the crowd’s chief, a 12-year veteran of the crowd testified on Monday.

The longtime member, filmmaker Mark Vicente, is a key prosecution witness on the legal trial of Keith Raniere, whom government have accused of forcing feminine “slaves” inside his NXIVM (pronounced “Nexium”) group to have intercourse with him, drop some weight and get branded together with his initials.

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Vicente, who left NXIVM in 2017, mentioned he instructed Raniere that Mack appeared “damaged,” and that Raniere replied, “I’m seeking to ruin her.”

Mack, who starred within the tv sequence Smallville for a decade, was once one in every of 5 co-defendants, together with Seagram liquor heiress Clare Bronfman, who prior to now pleaded in charge to NXIVM-related crimes.

Vicente instructed jurors in U.S. District Court docket in Brooklyn that the ladies would push their diets even additional, restricting themselves to a couple of hundred energy an afternoon, as penance in the event that they slipped up.

“There looked to be roughly a membership of younger women collecting round Allison Mack, they usually simply didn’t glance wholesome,” he mentioned.

Allison Mack leaves a Brooklyn federal court on April 8, 2019, in New York.

Allison Mack leaves a Brooklyn federal court docket on April eight, 2019, in New York.

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Vicente prior to now instructed jurors that Raniere’s recruits got here to view him as “some roughly god,” because of a gross sales pitch that portrayed him as a genius of exceptional perception.

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Prosecutors say Raniere traded on that standing to pressure feminine “slaves” who had joined a secretive sorority inside NXIVM to practice his each command. The slaves had been required to post “collateral,” comparable to nude pictures, that Raniere then used as blackmail to coerce their compliance, in line with government.

Raniere’s legal professional has argued at trial that the ladies joined voluntarily and had been by no means compelled to do the rest towards their will. Raniere faces lifestyles in jail if convicted.

Raniere and his closest acolytes exercised strict self-discipline and regulate over his fans, Vicente mentioned, forcing those that wondered his management to go through coaching and excommunicating those that went towards the crowd.

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“Many people was very, very cautious of the phrases we used,” he mentioned.

Vicente, who was the crowd’s unofficial videographer, instructed jurors remaining week he was once requested by way of the crowd’s president, Nancy Salzman, to make movies appearing Raniere in a good gentle.

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“I in point of fact would adore it if Keith Raniere does now not die a legal within the eyes of the arena,” Salzman instructed Vicente, in line with his testimony. Salzman has pleaded now not in charge.

NXIVM, which began underneath some other identify in 1998, was once founded in Albany, New York, and operated self-improvement centres throughout North and Central The united states.

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