The US Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York has revealed that the young girl who Keith Raniere is accused of raping when she was just 15 is still a devoted member of his sex slave group.
Among the countless arguments, motions and petitions filed in court over the past two weeks by both prosecutors and lawyers for the five defendants were new details about that woman, who would now be 29 and is referred to as Jane Doe 2.
There is also a strong suggestion in filings submitted by Raniere and his legal team that the defense plans to call on this alleged victim during the trial to testify on behalf of her rapist.
The identity of Jane Doe 2 has not been revealed, and even though she was the first master to head up a group of DOS sex slaves she was not charged in the initial indictment.
That could be because she was also a victim, and the fact that defendants Lauren Salzman, Clare Bronfman and Kathy Russell were all allegedly aware that she was underage.
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More trouble: Nxivm founder Keith Raniere is accused of raping a girl, 15, in a superseding indictment filed in federal court
Sketchy: That girl then went on to become a slave master at his sex enterprise DOS according to prosecutors from the US Attorney’s Office
Authorities found evidence that seemed to confirm the relationship while searching Raniere’s home in upstate New York.
‘The sexually explicit photographs of Jane Doe 2 were found on a hard drive seized from 8 Hale Drive, in a folder … which in turn contained 12 subfolders, each of which contained numerous sexually explicit photographs of other members and associates of the Enterprise with whom Raniere had sexual relationships, including Raniere’s codefendants Lauren Salzman and Kathy Russell.’
These images were all taken in or around 2005, at which time Salzman would have been 28 and Russell 45 – three decades older than Jane Doe 2.
A motion submitted by the US Attorney states that ‘the women in all of the photographs – including Jane Doe 2 – were photographed in many of the same poses.
‘The government anticipates that multiple witnesses at trial will testify that these poses are consistent with Raniere’s sexual preferences and are similar to the poses depicted in photographs Raniere demanded and obtained as collateral from “first-line” DOS “masters,” including codefendants Allison Mack and Lauren Salzman.’
It is then noted by prosecutors that Jane Doe 2 would go on to become the first member of DOS – and that she still a member of that enterprise and Nxivm.
That would make her a natural choice to testify on Raniere’s behalf at the jury trial, which he and his lawyers look to be set to do – once the indictments are done being handed down.
There seems to some concern that Raniere could be hit with another superseding indictment according to the court papers, and there is always a chance that Jane Doe 12 could be charged, thus shattering the defense’s case.
Court documents obtained by DailyMail.com show that Salzman appeared before Judge Nicholas Garaufis last Monday in an unannounced hearing that was not on the docket.
A redacted transcript from that hearing reveals that Salzman not only informed Judge Garafulis of her plea, but also confessed that she did in fact keep a woman known as Jane Doe 4 captive inside a locked room for two years.
Salzman, 42, also stated that Jane Doe 4 was put to work while enslaved in the room, and revealed that she ‘threatened to deport Jane Doe 4 back to Mexico if she did not complete labor requested by myself and others.’
She later admitted to being a member of DOS during the hearing, and confirmed that women were branded with the initials of Keith Raniere and Allison Mack by a doctor who used a cauterizing pen.
Salzman and the other defendant seemed reluctant to take a plea or distance themselves from Raniere for months, but that all changed just a few days before Salzman’s hearing when the US Attorney’s Office filed new child pornography charges against the Nxivm founder in a superseding indictment.
Deal or no deal: Lauren Salzman (above in January outside federal court in Brooklyn) entered a guilty plea to charges of racketeering and racketeering conspiracy in secret hearing last Monday
Like mother, like daughter: That came on the heels of her mother Nancy (above outside federal court on March 13) entering a guilty plea to racketeering just two weeks prior to her daughter’s hearing
Salzman is now the second member to enter a guilty plea in the case, following in the footsteps of her mother Nancy Salzman.
Nancy did not appear to have a deal with prosecutors, meaning that she and her daughter could be taking the fall for leader Keith Raniere with these pleas.
Salzman’s super-secret hearing and the heavily redacted transcript does suggest however that she could be one of the three defendants who has been offered a plea deal.
The other two who are negotiating deals with the US Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York are believed to be Allison Mack and Clare Bronfman.
There is a chance however that it is the two Salzmans and only one of these women working out a deal, with both Bronfman and Mack making little progress in their negotiations over the past year.
A spokesperson for the US Attorney’s Office would not comment on which defendants had made deals with prosecutors.
Salzman was raised in Nxivm due to her mother’s role as a co-founder of the group, and it was her slave Sarah Edmondson that blew the lid on the organization back in a 2017 interview with The New York Times.
Edmondson went into further detail about her time inside the cult on the CBC podcast Surviving Nxivm.
Nancy 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.’
Nancy 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.
At the same time, attorneys for the US District Court for the Eastern District of New York began laying out their case against the remaining five members of the group, who in addition to NXIVM were also involved in the branded sex cult DOS.
The most shocking claims to emerge out of a memorandum filed in court last month by prosecutors was that Raniere allegedly raped two underage women for years.
Raniere was also in an ‘intimate relationship’ with billionaire heiress Clare Bronfman, claim the documents, who had previously been funding the legal defense for her five co-defendants but is now distancing herself from the group.
‘I am pleading guilty because I am in fact guilty,’ said a shockingly frank and emotional Nancy.
‘I got involved with NXIVM because I believed we would be helping people, and I still believe some good came out of it.’
The judge scheduled her sentencing for July, and it is unclear if she will now be testifying against her former co-defendants in the case.
‘NXIVM’s teachings and practices are no more inflammatory than the allegations surrounding the predicate acts and charged offenses themselves, which include keeping a woman in a room for nearly two years, nonconsensual sex, extreme diets and sleep deprivation, sexually explicit photographs and branding of Raniere’s initials on women’s bodies without their knowledge,’ states the new prosecution filing, submitted on Monday.
In sync: A transcript of the hearing during which Salzman entered her plea was heavily redacted, which suggests she could be a cooperating witness and have a deal like Clre Bronfman (above outside court last Thursday in Brooklyn)
Kryptonite: The other defendant negotiating a deal with the US Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York is Allison Mack (above) according to her lawyer
The memo also details how the government plans to show the ways that the defendants ‘protected Raniere and the Enterprise by, among other things, attempting to silence and intimidate DOS slaves and issuing public statements falsely denying Raniere’s involvement in DOS.’
One example that is offered involves comment that Bronfman made after she ‘received letters from separate DOS victims requesting the return or destruction of collateral, which included descriptions of the collateral, including nude photographs and videos.’
Despite having seen those letters, Bronfman still publicly stated that DOS was a ‘sorority’ which had ‘truly benefited the lives of its members, and does so freely.’
She went on to state: ‘I find no fault in a group of women (or men for that matter) freely taking a vow of loyalty and friendship with one another to feel safe while pushing back against the fears that have stifled their personal and professional growth.’
A brief mention is also made of a campaign launched by Bronfman and Raniere to lure former members to Mexico where there were reportedly warrants out for their arrest.
Prosecutors also plan to hone in on the subservient role that woman play and are taught to play in the organization.
‘Nxivm’s teachings about women’s allegedly prideful natures and willingness to “play the victim,” and the emphasis in Nxivm’s teachings on penances and “ethical breaches,” are interwoven into Jane Doe 4 and the DOS victims’ experiences,’ states the memo.
‘These concepts also appear throughout the documents that will be trial exhibits, including emails between the victims and the defendants.’
It then cites: ‘For example, Jane Doe 4 and Raniere exchanged at least 300 emails discussing her supposed “breach” and approximately 400 emails discussing her acting like a “victim.”‘