NXIVM sex cult & # 39; grandmaster & # 39; Keith Raniere held the status of illegal immigrant of a Mexican woman & # 39; above her head & # 39; making them & # 39; completely dependent & # 39; was from the cult, a court has heard.
The woman, named only as Daniela, told jury members of the Brooklyn Federal Court that her undocumented immigrant status was used to control her and remind her & # 39; that it was a liability & # 39 ;.
She said: & # 39; I didn't know at the time. I would take responsibility for the fact that they had brought me to the country and that it was an obligation. & # 39;
When it was no longer legal for Daniela to be in the United States, she told the court that she & # 39; completely dependent & # 39; was from the 58-year-old Raniere and NXIVM, The daily news reports.
When she was refused entry to the US, Daniela claimed it was Raniere, with the help of a fellow Nxivm member, who made sure she would come from Canada illegally.
Self-help guru Raniere was arrested last April in his Mexican hiding place with a harem of sex slaves.
He is accused of being a sadistic con man who has abused women under the guise of giving them a path to personal growth.
Some of the most sensational evidence against Raniere relates to allegations that he required that & # 39; sex slaves & # 39; who joined a secret society within NXIVM, were branded with his initials.
NXIVM sex cult & # 39; grand master & # 39; Keith Raniere, pictured, is accused of holding the status of an illegal immigrant of a Mexican woman above her, leaving her & # 39; completely dependent & # 39; is from the cult
A brand received by a female member the alleged secret sex cult within the NXIVM organization. It contains the initials of the former leader of the group, Keith Raniere
Daniela, now 33, also claimed that Raniere, who was rightly involved in sex partner and child pornography, did not support her if she had to do abortion.
She was one of three brothers and sisters who accused Raniere of having sex with her, including her 15-year-old sister who was a minor.
When she became pregnant in 2006, Daniela said she was & # 39; terrified & # 39; and added: & # 39; I didn't want to have a baby and I didn't want to have a baby with Keith. & # 39;
But she claims he did not offer support and & # 39; did not visit her once & # 39; after her abortion. She added: & # 39; I was all alone. I was completely alone during the entire process. & # 39;
Keith would have told her that the terminated pregnancy & # 39; a great opportunity & # 39; wash for her & # 39; to lose weight and get fit & # 39 ;.
She would have taken laxatives to lose weight every day after Raniere was accused of asking her: & Why don't you care about me? Don't you care enough? You care more about food than being with me.
& # 39; Keith told me that before I had to lose weight before he would have sex with me & # 39 ;, Daniela said.
Both Daniela, whose full name has been withheld by prosecutors to protect her privacy, and her younger sister were coached by NXIVM insider Pamela Cafritz about what doctors tell about their pregnancies, she claims.
Daniela was once locked up for almost two years after disobedience to Raniere, prosecutors say.
And she was even used to spying on the enemies of the group, heard the court, and even went into her sister's e-mail. & # 39;
She told jury members: & # 39; I really thought I was helping her. I knew what I was doing was wrong. It is clearly and easily illegal. I feel bad that I have contributed to the abuse and manipulation of my own sister. & # 39;
Defendant Keith Raniere, in the middle, sits between his lawyers Paul DerOhannesian, left, and Marc Agnifilo in this courtroom. Raniere has not pleaded guilty to charges such as sex trafficking and child pornography
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.
Former member Marc Vicente testified 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.
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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