NXIVM leaders plead not guilty
July 25, 2018 10:22 PM
NEW YORK (AP) - NEXIVM leaders plead not guilty. NEXIVM calls itself a self-help group, the government says it is a sex ring, others call it a cult. The leaders of the group accused of branding some of its female followers and forcing them into unwanted sex have pleaded not guilty to an updated indictment.
Keith Raniere and Nancy Salzman had a court appearance Wednesday along with one of the group's more high-profile adherents, TV actress Allison Mack.On Tuesday, an heiress to the Seagram's liquor fortune was arrested in the investigation into the upstate New York group, called NXIVM.
Clare Bronfman is a daughter of the late billionaire philanthropist and former Seagram chairman Edgar Bronfman Sr.
She's accused of taking steps to help Raniere exercise control over members, including identity theft, interception of electronic communications and money laundering.
All of the defendants deny any wrongdoing.
Several alleged NXIVM victims (including Katherine Oxenberg and Toni Natalie) arrive at the U.S. Courthouse in Brooklyn where arraignments are expected shortly after a superseding indictment was opened on Tuesday charging 6 people with Racketeering Conspiracy. pic.twitter.com/I1UO6CaJF6— Dan Levy (@dlevywnyt) July 25, 2018
Member of NXIVM’s inner circle, and primary financier of the secretive group Clare Bronfman, heiress to the Seagram’s Liquor, free in $100 M bond, arrives at the U.S. Courthouse in Brooklyn for an arraignment on Racketeering Conspiracy charges. pic.twitter.com/iZuD5YX3sp— Dan Levy (@dlevywnyt) July 25, 2018
Updated: July 25, 2018 10:22 PM
Created: July 25, 2018 12:20 PM
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