NXIVM sex cult & # 39; grandmaster & # 39; Keith Raniere struggled with erectile dysfunction during sexual intercourse initiation, hearing his trial.
A & # 39; sex slave & # 39; identified only as Daniela – a Mexican who has been detaining Raniere for more than two years – told the Brooklyn Federal Court that he found it difficult to act.
She said just after her 18th birthday that she had been initiated but felt nothing – Raniere insisted that he had penetrated her and it must have been her imagination.
Daniela – who was a virgin at the time – said the 58-year-old had difficulty keeping an erection during subsequent sexual encounters.
NXIVM sex cult & # 39; grandmaster & # 39; Keith Raniere (shown in a YouTube interview) struggled with erectile dysfunction during initiation collou, Brooklyn Federal Court heard
Assistant American lawyer Tanya Hajjar and former self-help guru Keith Raniere (R) are seen in this courtroom sketch in the Brooklyn Federal Courthouse in New York on May 7
The surf went near the bikini line or & # 39; on top of the butt crack & # 39; as an alternative. Raniere was concerned that pubic hair could obstruct the view of his & # 39; K.A.R & # 39; symbol
Prosecutor Moira Penza asked Daniela if Raniere & # 39; had difficulty getting or maintaining an erection & # 39 ;, New York Daily News reported and she replied: & # 39; Yes. & # 39;
She said he was trying to convince her that she had felt nothing because she was & # 39; in her own head & # 39 ;, the newspaper reported.
Daniela said she had canceled plans to attend a Swiss boarding school in 2002, after attending an & # 39; intensive program & # 39; from NXIVM & # 39; s in Montery, Mexico.
The self-help classes were a 16th birthday gift from her parents who described Raniere as the & # 39; smartest man in the world & # 39 ;.
She decided to study for a year and went to Albany, New York, where the organization of Raniere was based.
Daniela told the court that her relationship with Raniere changed after she stole $ 6,000 from the offices of NXIVM – she gave the money back, but Raniere used her mistake.
And he became a & # 39; shoulder to cry on & # 39 ;, the NY Daily News then reported to her and started making sexual advances, and told the girl not to tell her mother.
Daniela said she was later invited to join him with her older sister – another club member – and when she refused, she was sent to a room alone for two years.
Daniela claimed that Raniere had also slept with her younger sister, then 15.
Self-help guru Raniere was arrested last April in his Mexican hiding place with a harem of sex slaves, free of the fear that he 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.
Keith Raniere hid in a closet while armed agents stormed his hiding place in Mexico last year, Lauren Salzman (above in January) testified Tuesday
He reacted by hiding in a closet, Salzman said, while she and the other girls got their money because armed agents with bullet-proof vests started storming the building.
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.
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
Salzman said Nicki Clyne, Allison Mack (photo) and Loreta Graza were planning to hold a group session in which each of the women planned to give oral sex on Raniere before his arrest
& # 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;
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 branding 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.
Lauren Salzman & # 39; s mother Nancy Salzman is the co-founder of the sex cult. She will be presented to the Federal Court of Brooklyn in New York on January 28
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.
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.
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