WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A member of NXIVM has confessed to harboring a woman, identified as Jane Doe 4, in a room for two years as a personal slave.
- Before the Brooklyn federal court under Judge Nicholas Garaufis, Lauren Salzman, 42, admitted as well to being a member of the secret inner organization of NXIVM called DOS, which is claimed by the government to have starved and pushed women into having sex with the cult leader.
- Due to parts of Salzman’s confession being redacted, many have surmised that she must have testified against her co-defendants.
An NXIVM cult member admitted to keeping a woman locked in a room for two years as a personal slave after pleading guilty last week to charges of racketeering conspiracy, according to newly unsealed documents.
“I knowingly and intentionally harbored Jane Doe 4, a woman whose identity is known to me, in a room in the home in the Northern District of New York,” Lauren Salzman told Brooklyn federal court Judge Nicholas Garaufis last week.
Court transcripts wrote that Salzman, 42, told the judge that she threatened to deport Jane Doe 4 whom she held hostage from March 2010 to April 2012, if she did not fulfill labor requests from herself and others.
During the proceedings, the defendant admitted as well to being a DOS member, the Nxivm’s secret inner organization which was alleged by prosecutors to have starved and branded women.
The feds claim that DOS was promoted as a women’s empowerment group but actually was priming its members to have sex with cult leader Keith Raniere. So far, only one DOS member had been pressured to have sex with Raniere.
“I’m very sorry for my poor decision-making and decisions that result in the harm to not just the victims in this case but to hundreds of members of our community and their friends and families as well,” said Salzman during the hearing.
It is widely speculated that Salzman may have cooperated against her fellow cult members during trial since her guilty plea on Monday did not appear on any public calendar and parts of the transcripts were revised.
On charges of racketeering conspiracy, Salzman faces up to 20 years in prison. But she could face lesser time under a cooperation agreement as recommended by prosecutors.
The only other Nxian to have pled guilty is Nancy Salzman, Lauren’s mother. Last month, Salzman’s lawyers steadfastly denied that she was cooperating in any way against her co-defendants.
Meanwhile, also charged for their roles Nxivm are actress Allison Mack and Seagram’s heiress Clare Bronfman. Prosecutors added that Mack and Kathy Russell, Nxivm’s accountant, are currently engaged in plea negotiations.
The lawyer for Lauren Salzman has not yet returned a request for comment.
Source: New York Post