Still awaiting sentencing, Keith Raniere and other Nxivm leaders are now being sued - 2020-01-29
After a highly-publicized trial that resulted in the conviction or guilty pleas of six Nxivm leaders who now await sentencing, they and numerous others are now facing another kind of fight in court.
Philadelphia attorney Neil Glazer has filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of plaintiffs Sara Edmondson, Toni Natalie, Mark Vicente, 58 Jane Does, and 19 John Does against NXIVM members and entities. The defendents in the lawsuit are the six defendants convicted in the criminal prosecution — Keith Raniere, Nancy Salzman, Lauren Salzman, Clare Bronfman, Allison Mack, and Kathy Russell — as well as numerous others: Sara Bronfman, Karen Unterreiner, Dr. Brandon Porter, Dr. Danielle Roberts, Daniella Padilla Bergeron, Rosa Laura Junco, Loreta J. Garza Davila, Monica Duran, Nicki Clyne, the Nxivm Corporation, Executive Success Programs Inc., Ethical Science Foundation and First Principles.
The complaint alleges that Nxivm "functioned as both a Ponzi scheme and a coercive community. Defendants exerted power over the Plaintiffs; took their money; made it financially, physically and psychologically difficult, and in some cases impossible, to leave the coercive community; and systematically abused Plaintiffs physically and emotionally." Personal benefits to the defendants included "enriching themselves; wielding power over others; advancing in the perverse social order they created; and enhancing their own feelings of self-esteem."