A former member of an alleged American intercourse cult has testified in court docket that she felt she was being “groomed” to affix a part of a “harem” organised by the group’s chief.
She mentioned she believed the group was a private growth firm.
“My understanding now could be I used to be being groomed to be part of his harem,” the previous Los Angeles actress and mannequin advised the courtroom.
Raniere faces federal fees of racketeering, intercourse trafficking, sexual exploitation of a kid and human trafficking, amongst others.
He has pleaded not responsible to all fees. If convicted, he may very well be sentenced to life in jail.
She claimed to solely have had one set of garments, which she wore for weeks at a time with out washing and she or he barely had any contact with the skin world.
Daniela additionally testified that Raniere and different NXIVM members satisfied her family that she had carried out one thing horrible sufficient to warrant being held in a room in isolation, and that they enlisted her household’s assist to maintain her there. She went years with out seeing her household.
Prosecutors say the 58-year-old Raniere was a con man who peddled costly self-fulfillment programs as a canopy for mentally and sexually abusing feminine followers by means of disgrace and humiliation, together with some in a secret society of brainwashed “intercourse slaves” he had branded together with his initials.
The defendant’s attorneys insist that he had no prison intent and that his interactions with the ladies had been consensual.
Each Mack and Salzman have pleaded responsible to racketeering and conspiracy fees.