Exotic commitment renewal ceremony with his front-line followers was nothing more than a “group [oral sex]” session for alleged sex cult leader Keith Raniere, 58
The ceremony was interrupted when federal agents busted into his Mexican hideaway to arrest him former NXIVM member Lauren Salzman, 42, testifies
The self-styled guru left his slave master and longtime lover, Lauren Salzman, to confront the heavily armed police at their Puerto Vallarta compound during the March 2018 raid, she told the court
“I chose what I believed we had been training for this entire time. I chose love,” she said. “It never occurred to me that I would choose Keith and Keith would also choose Keith,” Salzman testified
Raniere hid in a walk-in closet while Salzman and his other female acolytes tried to hold off the Mexican federal agents, when the group was busted at their hideout
‘She who has the gold rules’: Clare Bronfman [left] and Lauren Salzman [right], both were members of NXIVM’s Executive Board. Clare was VP in charge of Operations and Lauren VP in charge of Education. Salzman who outranked Bronfman wore the Green Sash – with Four gold Stripes] and Clare was only an Orange with Three Stripes
“There has to be a way I can grow that isn’t this?” she asked him.
“There is not,” he told her.
Raniere, 58, has pleaded not guilty to sex trafficking and other charges. He claims his encounters with the alleged victims were consensual.
Five of Raniere’s co-defendants, including Seagram’s liquor heiress Clare Bronfman, “Smallville” actress Allison Mack, and Salzman have all entered guilty pleas.
Clare Bronfman and Lauren Salzman, both were members of NXIVM’s Executive Board, while Lauren’s mother, Nancy Salzman, was co-founder of cult. Nancy took an earlier plea deal that put her in better stead than her daughter.
Bronfman was VP in charge of Operations and Lauren Salzman VP in charge of Education. While Lauren had a higher rank was allowed to wear the emblem of authority, a Green Sash with Four gold Stripes. Clare could only wear an Orange with Three Stripes, they followed the golden rule – ‘she who has the gold rules’.
However, Clare’s enormous wealth from the Seagram’s empire, permitted her to control much of the direction of NXIVM, with Raniere at the helm.