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Prosecutor: NXIVM Head Had Sex With Teen 'Virgin Camilla'

Sex trafficking and racketeering trial of Keith Raniere is now underway in New York

(Newser) - The inevitable salacious details are emerging at the sex trafficking and racketeering trial of Keith Raniere, the leader of the cult-like NXIVM group, and those details started flowing in a Brooklyn courtroom Tuesday via "Sylvie." The New York Times details testimony of the 32-year-old UK woman, who says... More »

Bronfman Heiress Pleads Guilty in Sex Cult Case

'I am truly sorry,' she tells court

(Newser) - An heiress pleaded guilty Friday in a sensational case accusing a cult-like upstate New York group of creating a secret harem of sex slaves for the group's spiritual leader. Clare Bronfman admitted in federal court in Brooklyn that she harbored someone who was living in the US illegally for... More »

Actress Allison Mack Pleads Guilty in Sex Cult Case

'Smallville' star admits her role in NXIVM

(Newser) - With jury selection beginning at the federal case against a cult-like upstate New York group, TV actress Allison Mack pleaded guilty Monday to charges she manipulated women into becoming sex slaves for the group's spiritual leader, the AP reports. Mack, 36, who is best known for her role as... More »

'Sex Cult' Co-Founder Pleads Guilty on Racketeering Charge

Feds unveil new NXIVM charges

(Newser) - Nancy Salzman, co-founder of an alleged sex cult that branded female followers with the initials of its leader, has pleaded guilty to a racketeering conspiracy charge in federal court in New York. The 64-year-old told the court Wednesday that she had hacked the email accounts of NXIVM's critics and... More »

Liquor Heiress Charged in Sex Cult Case

Prosecutors say Bronfman used fortune to protect leader

(Newser) - Liquor heiress Clare Bronfman was among four people arrested Tuesday as part of an investigation into what prosecutors say was a sex trafficking organization masquerading as a self-help group. Bronfman, the 39-year-old daughter of late billionaire philanthropist and former Seagram chairman Edgar Bronfman Sr., pleaded not guilty to racketeering charges... More »

Documents Detail More Allegations Against Allison Mack

Actress allegedly received 'financial benefits [and] financial opportunities' for her role in cult-like group

(Newser) - Allison Mack, the Smallville star fighting sex trafficking charges after being accused of helping run a cult-like "self-help" group, received somewhat of a reprieve Tuesday from a federal judge, who agreed to let Mack be released to her parents' custody on a $5 million bond, NBC News and CNN... More »

Tweets Suggest Allison Mack Had Her Eye on Emma Watson

The 'Smallville' actress is accused of recruiting women into sex cult

(Newser) - "I'm a fellow actress like yourself & involved in an amazing women's movement I think you'd dig. I'd love to chat if you're open." What may have sounded like a friendly invitation when it was tweeted in January 2016 has turned nefarious, at... More »

She Starred on a Hit CW Show. Now, Sex Trafficking Charges

'Smallville' star Allison Mack accused of luring women into cult-like group run by Keith Raniere

(Newser) - A statement from the DOJ Friday revealed two indictments for sex trafficking, and fans of a former CW show are shocked to see one of the stars as one of the accused. CNN and the AP report Allison Mack, who appeared on the Superman-themed show Smallville, was hit with charges... More »

She Thought It Would Be a Tattoo. It Was a Branding

Women recount bizarre initiation of secret group within Nxivm self-help organization

(Newser) - It's called Nxivm, pronounced Nex-e-um, and thousands have gone through its various self-help and executive training seminars since the 1990s. As the New York Times explains in a lengthy story about the group, most people take a few classes and leave after that. But others become devoted adherents to... More »

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