Keith Raniere received much more than he had planned in April, while he had planned a group game in the Mexican hideout, where he and his harem of sex slaves were killed in fear that the cult leader would be charged.
Lauren Salzman testified on Tuesday that Raniere and the women who accompanied him in Mexico were planning to do an orgy when things suddenly took an unexpected turn and federal agents stormed the property.
The founder of Nxivm responded by hiding himself in a closet, Salzman said, while she and the other girls were left to their own devices when armed agents with bullet-proof vests started storming the property.
& # 39; My greatest concern was to protect Keith & # 39 ;, Salzman testified, standing in the gallery for the third day.
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New details: Keith Raniere hid in a closet while armed agents stormed his hiding place in Mexico last year, Lauren Salzman (above in January) testified Tuesday
Away, they go: Salzman said that she gave up Raniere after federal agents (above) lit up the door and took weapons on her, and found that she felt guilty about this for months
Salzman said the women – including Nicki Clyne, Allison Mack and Loreta Graza – were planning to hold a group session where each of the women planned to have oral sex on Raniere.
On Tuesday, Salzman said she's not looking forward to this & # 39; recommitment ceremony & # 39 ;.
Salzman finally managed to avoid the ceremony after federal agents stormed the property located in Puerto Vallarta.
At that moment she was in the house with Raniere and was startled by the scene that unfolded before her eyes.
& # 39; I looked out the window and the only thing I could see were machine guns everywhere in the building & # 39 ;, Salzman said.
& # 39; But Keith refused to leave. & # 39;
She tried to keep the policemen at bay while Raniere fled and hid herself in a closet, but in the end she shouted his name as the men entered the door and locked their weapons.
& # 39; Months afterwards I felt like this & # 39; n failure because I wasn't strong enough. I felt like I was abandoning him, & Salzman said.
Salzman, a fellow suspect in the case who accepted a plea agreement last month, spoke about the plans to build a sex dungeon during her second day in the gallery.
She also read excerpts from a manual given to the women in the group.
& # 39; Your only highest wish should be to further help your Master from whom all good things come and are related to each other & # 39; said the text allegedly written by Raniere and Allison Mack.
That is why the dungeon was built with a cage where women could be locked up until the master, Raniere, wanted to release them
& # 39; The best slave derives the greatest pleasure from her master's ultimate tool & # 39 ;, Salzman said while reading another passage from the manual.
& # 39; No matter what the order is, it is important that you obey. It does not matter that you understand the order, it is important that you obey. & # 39;
Close bond: the mother of Salzman Nancy founded Nxivm with Raniere (above in a promotional video) in the nineties
Salzman could be a problematic witness given that she herself helped Raneire keep a girl locked up in her room for almost two years.
She is also the daughter of Nxivm & # 39; s co-founder, Nancy Salzman.
Salzman also stated that it was Raniere who came up with the idea of seeing women, despite Allison Mack's earlier claim that the two came up with the idea together.
Former member Marc Vicente testified last week that Raniere was involved with a number of women, in particular Mack and billionaire heiress Clare Bronfman.
He encouraged the former to starve himself, Vicente said, while the latter was ordered to wear a jockstrap as a punishment for her deliberate attitude.
Jury members also saw photos of the newly burned sex slaves in a group, taken shortly after they were held and maimed with a cauterization pen.
Only the judges could see those photos, which Vicente said they were kept in a drop box made by Allison Mack.
That same dropbox also had collateral for each of the women, twisted information that could be used as blackmail against them if they ever tried to leave the group.
Vicente said that all the women around him were drastically thinning around 2015, while DOS was being created, so he asked Raniere to ask if he was worried about the situation.
He testified that Mack in particular seemed translucent and thin, so he spoke to Raniere.
Vicente told Raniere that Mack seemed broken, and asked him to answer: & # 39; Well, I'm trying to break her. & # 39;
And at a really bizarre moment, Vicente also remembered how Raniere once urged his wife to lick a puddle and run into a tree when they had relationship problems.
Raniere said this would help her with her border problems.
Vicente testified that he was the person who informed Catherine Oxenberg that her daughter India was being wound up in the group and quickly losing weight, to great concern.
The starvation of Nxivm members has now played a key role in the testimony of the first two witnesses in the case.
Sylvie (32) said she was a member of the group for 13 years and was planning her sex addiction ceremony when the group finally broke up last year.
Just as poignant was her description of the extreme lengths that she was going to starve and play sports, reportedly in the direction of Raniere and Clare Bronfman.
She said that at one point she only weighed 88 lbs and trained six hours a day to be a competitive runner.
That training eventually resulted in the development of an abscess that became a fistula and required surgery.
A medical professional told her to stop training, but she said Bronfman told her it was fine to train at the same pace as long as she wasn't in pain.
Sylvie later broke into tears when she spoke of an alleged unwanted sexual encounter with Raniere, which she should have seduced.
& # 39; I felt ashamed & # 39 ;, Sylvie said the day she went to Raniere & # 39; s house so he could have oral sex with her.
When it was over, he reportedly took a picture of her genitals.
Raniere has not pleaded guilty to charges such as sex trafficking and child pornography, and his lawyer has argued that he has never forced women to act against their will.
He is confronted with life in prison when he is convicted.
Sylvie told jurors how her involvement in Nxivm eventually led her to become a slave in DOS, where she fully surrendered to a & # 39; master & # 39; named Monica.
She recited a lifelong vow to obey her female master during a ceremony and wore a necklace named & # 39; collar & # 39 ;.
As expected from slaves, Sylvie recruited other women to join DOS.
She now lives in England with her husband, also a former Nxivm member, and testified under an immunity agreement with prosecutors.
& # 39; We learned that women were selfish and narcissistic, & # 39; she said.
& # 39; I feel that in some ways that was the worst thing for me. & # 39;
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