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Ex-girlfriend of NXIVM founder reacts to his arrest

March 28, 2018 07:00 PM

HALFMOON - At the Oregon Trail home of Nancy Salzman, NXIVM president, in Halfmoon, we could hear people talking inside, but no one answered the door.

One day ago, the FBI was there all day, removing boxes and bags.

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NXIVM founder Keith Raniere is accused of sex trafficking.  Court papers say he had a group of women who were sexually groomed for him, many branded with his initials with a cauterizing pen.

Toni Natalie dated Raniere and did therapy and intensives with him and Salzman through workshops called ESP, or Executive Success Programs.

"This ability to be able to manipulate and coerce women and people around him has been going on for decades," she said.

She says Raniere uses the legal system as a stalking device.
 
"He almost waves them as flags, these possible lawsuits-- look what happens if you leave!" said Natalie.  "The suppressive women that leave, look what happens to them."

Former member Barbara Bouchey says this case will keep getting bigger.

"I think as the story unfolds-- the branding and the woman's group is what's getting everybody's attention, however, I think there's so much more underneath what he has done and gotten away with that is yet to be revealed and spoken about by the media on a large scale," said Bouchey.  

"My hope is that the people that are inside, the young girls that are inside, that they listen to some of these reports and they read the information that the FBI has put out on him and they take in the data and they get the help that they need," said Natalie.

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Kumi Tucker

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