Lauren Salzman is a reputation that you’re going to hear prominently in the unraveling of the self-help group NXIVM. HBO’s The Vow, inevitably, options her story. Not solely is she the daughter of NXIVM co-founder Nancy Salzman, however she additionally ranked excessive in NXIVM chief Keith Raniere’s internal circle, DOS. As NXIVM’s legacy crumbled and folks have been implicated for its actions, Salzman too has been caught in the aftermath. Together with different co-conspirators, she has pleaded responsible to racketeering expenses and confessed to being part of DOS, however nonetheless awaits her sentence.
In response to Rolling Stone, Salzman first met Raniere at age 21 in 1998 and later started a sexual relationship with him in 2001. Finally, she discovered her approach to NXIVM’s secret society DOS, a intercourse cult the place ladies discovered themselves branded and coerced into having intercourse with Raniere. Her position was that of a “grasp” who recruited “slaves” — at one level, she had 22 folks reporting to her. In 2017, her involvement in NXIVM deepened as she joined the innermost circle of DOS, which met three times a week to pose for bare group images to ship to Raniere.
In response to Salzman, Raniere made guarantees of getting a household together with her. At one level, Salzman had asked Raniere permission to pursue a relationship with one other man. (She maintained that their relationship was monogamous for her, however Raniere saw other women.) In her testimony, she mentioned, “He advised me if I stayed, he would reinvest in our relationship, and we might have kids,” she mentioned. From her account, she agreed since she needed to have a toddler. Raniere took this again, nonetheless, after Salzman jumped on one other man throughout a volleyball sport celebration — he claimed that she had been “disrespectful” to him.
However Salzman remained loyal to Raniere, prepared to do no matter she may for him. In 2010, Raniere had been concerned with a Mexican NXIVM member recognized in court docket as “Dani.” When Dani confirmed curiosity in one other man, Raniere mentioned that she had dedicated an “moral breach.” Raniere saved Dani with Salzman, who later admitted to locking Dani in a room for two years, from 2010 to 2012. Salzman admitted in court docket that she threatened to have Dani deported for disobeying orders.
Salzman was with Raniere throughout his March 2018 arrest in Mexico. Together with 4 different ladies (together with her mom), Salzman was arrested on racketeering expenses by July. She would come to testify towards Raniere, turning into a key witness for the prosecuting facet and revealing horrifying particulars concerning the cult. In March 2019, Salzman quietly pleaded responsible to expenses of racketeering and racketeering conspiracy. Her sentence could also be as much as 20 years in prison, though it could possibly be much less on account of her cooperation with authorities and the prosecution. Salzman’s sentencing was scheduled for Sept. 2019, nevertheless it had been postponed. She at the moment awaits her sentence.