A law firm for Nxivm co-founder Nancy Salzman states she was abused and fooled by sex slave-branding cult chief Keith Raniere — and doesn’t ought to have to go to jail.
The plea for leniency arrives a single day right before Salzman, 66, is slated to be sentenced in Brooklyn federal court docket right after pleading responsible to racketeering conspiracy and cooperating with prosecutors.
“[Salzman] for the previous 20 decades has been fooled, controlled, humiliated, and in the end led to interact in criminal perform by an egotistical, self-essential, sexual intercourse fiend,” wrote defense lawyer David Stern in a letter to Decide Nicholas Garaufis, which was created community on Tuesday.
He humiliated her and pressured her to starve herself till she was adhere slim — like he did to his other acolytes, her lawyer wrote. The pair have been to begin with fans prior to Raniere, 60, finished the romance and turned his sadistic awareness to her daughter.
In an earlier filing, prosecutors requested the judge to impose a jail time period of about 3 a long time for Nxivm’s former president when identified as Prefect, arguing that her unwavering help enabled Raniere’s most wicked crimes.
Salzman has claimed she did not know nearly anything about Raniere’s solution intercourse cult within the group named DOS, where females were branded with his initials like cattle and pressured to have intercourse with him. Her daughter and co-defendant, Lauren Salzman, was a slave master in the twisted group.
The young Salzman, who experienced a 17-calendar year romance with the sick Svengali, testified against him at his sexual intercourse-trafficking trial — and admitted to holding a girl captive in a locked space for two decades at his request.
Nancy Salzman will be the fourth of Raniere’s 5 co-defendants to be sentenced in the scenario.
Raniere was slapped with 120 decades in jail for his heinous crimes. Lauren Salzman bought time-served in July in mild of her cooperation.
Tv set actress Allison Mack, who was a slave learn in the sex-cult and lured ladies into the group, bought three many years in jail. Seagram’s liquor heiress Clare Bronfman acquired six years and nine months guiding bars.
Longtime Nxivm accountant Kathy Russell is awaiting sentencing.