Sex Cult Shuts Down Following Arrests

NXIVM has suspended all events and courses.

Following six arrests of key members, sex cult NXIVM has suspended all events and courses. As stated on their website, "It is with deep sadness that we inform you we are suspending all NXIVM/ESP enrollment, curriculum, and events until further notice." In November, The Dr. Oz Show investigated this group, which calls themselves a "self-improvement organization", after several women came forward to describe the horrific abuses they endured. 

Clare Bronfman, the heiress to the Canadian Seagram fortune who allegedly funded NXIVM, has been accused of identity theft, money laundering, and extortion. As she awaits trial, Bronfman has asked Judge Nicholas Garaufis for permission to reconsider the statutes of her home detention. Her lawyer's motion states, “Our proposal is that Ms. Bronfman would be allowed to travel in Manhattan up to 96th Street, in Brooklyn only insofar as to include the EDNY Courthouse, not to include airports, and would not travel outside this pre-approved zone unless she obtains prior approval.”

Bronfman awaits trial alongside NXIVM leader Keith Rainer, who is a former television star and self-help guru accused of sex trafficking along with starving and raping cult members. As of now, Kathy Russell, Lauren Salzman, Nancy Salzman, and Allison Mack were also charged with involvement in these crimes. The judge has yet to rule on Bronfman’s motion, but an update on the case should be released shortly.

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