The previous president and co-founder of NXIVM—who has admitted to going to excessive lengths to guard the shadowy self-help group and its deranged sex-cult chief—has been sentenced to 42 months in jail.
Nancy Salzman, 66, pleaded responsible in March 2019 to racketeering conspiracy for her position within the upstate New York group that manipulated hundreds of members underneath the guise of private development by sacrifice. Prosecutors requested for a sentence on the “excessive finish” of the really helpful vary of 33 to 41 months, noting that whereas Salzman cooperated within the case towards NXIVM founder Keith Raniere, she benefited for many years as his fiercely loyal second-in-command.
“Most of the NXIVM teachings promulgated by Nancy Salzman disparaged or humiliated ladies and blamed victims of abuse,” Assistant United States Lawyer Tanya Hajjar wrote in an August sentencing memo. “Raniere’s teachings, which Nancy Salzman helped to create and promote, had been designed to keep up energy and management over NXIVM members.”
To take action, Salzman “instructed NXIVM members that anybody who challenged Raniere or NXIVM, together with relations and pals, had been ‘suppressives’ and have to be averted,” prosecutors added within the memo.
The Wednesday sentencing got here after an emotional listening to in Brooklyn federal court docket, the place a number of former members detailed the abuse they endured from Salzman.
Ivy Nevares, a longtime NXIVM member, despatched in an audio assertion that was performed forward of the decision, the place she detailed how Salzman was instrumental and important to the existence of NXIVM and its crimes towards its followers. Nevares, who labored for Salzman for over a decade, detailed the “abuses” she endured from the previous president—starting from monetary break to psychological manipulation.
“Salzman’s harm is huge and deep,” she stated, earlier than asking the decide for a excessive sentence towards the previous president. “Salzman has the capability for empathy. Nonetheless, she makes use of it to wield her sufferer’s personal empathy towards them, enjoying them to her self-serving pursuits.”
Salzman’s sentencing makes her the fifth member of NXIVM’s interior circle to be punished for his or her roles within the legal enterprise. Final October, Raniere was sentenced to 121 years in prison after prosecutors stated he had intercourse with a number of underage women, made members illegally monitor his enemies, and compelled ladies he impregnated to have abortions.
NXIVM is most infamous for the purported ladies’s empowerment group’s sub-group, D.O.S., which compelled members to model themselves with Raniere’s initials close to their crotch with a cautery pen—with out anesthesia—and have intercourse with him.
Prosecutors allege that Salzman helped Raniere launch NXIVM in Albany, New York, in 1998 and was among the many high promoters of its teachings. Behind the scenes, in accordance with a number of ladies who testified throughout Raniere’s trial, the NXIVM founder would ask Salzman to cope with ladies within the group who had been inflicting issues.
“[Nancy Salzman] would take all of Keith Raniere’s philosophical concepts,” one former member, who was recognized as Sylvie on the stand, instructed jurors at Raniere’s 2019 trial. “She would create an academic mannequin out of it with him that she would then educate.”
Her unwavering loyalty additionally led Salzman to surveil NXIVM’s perceived enemies, alter tapes that had been used as proof in not less than one civil trial, and goal members who spoke out towards Raniere.
“Nancy labored on Keith’s ladies,” Daniela, a former NXIVM member who testified about being saved in a room for 2 years after defying Raniere’s edicts, instructed jurors at this trial.
In a sentencing memo, Salzman’s protection group insisted she’s dedicated to taking accountability for her actions and hopes to keep away from jail time to take care of her personal well being issues and people of her “aged and really unwell mom.”
Her attorneys additionally paint Salzman because the sufferer in Raniere’s scheme, stating that for the previous twenty years she “has been fooled, managed, humiliated, and in the end led to interact in legal conduct by an egotistical, self-important, intercourse area who instructed all who would pay attention about his (faux) resolution to mankind’s issues.”
“That isn’t to say that Nancy didn’t have company or free will, or that she lacks accountability for her conduct,” the sentencing memo written by her protection attorneys David Stern and Robert Soloway states. “Certainly, she lives day-after-day bearing and appreciating the complete weight of her wrongdoing whereas she served as Keith Raniere’s collaborator and enabler inside the NXIVM neighborhood.”
After Salzman’s sentencing, there is just one extra former NXIVM chief who has pleaded responsible and continues to be awaiting punishment: the group’s bookkeeper, Kathy Russell. In July, Salzman’s daughter, Lauren, was sentenced to 5 years probation and Allison Mack, the previous Smallville actress who performed a key position within the D.O.S intercourse cult, was sentenced to a few years in jail in June. Clare Bronfman, an heiress to the Seagram fortune and NXIVM’s largest donor, was sentenced final September to 81 months in jail.
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