Raniere, 58, founded Nxivm in the s as a self-help group based near Albany. His followers regarded him as a guru-like figure who could help them achieve their goals.
The second directed her to remain celibate for three months. Nicole remembered Mr. Raniere taking her hand after the car stopped. Still blindfolded, she could not see where she was being led, but remembered having the sense that she was walking through woods.
She said she assumed that Mr. Raniere was the one who began performing oral sex on her until she heard his voice. Raniere and Ms. In April, Ms. Mack pleaded guilty to conspiracy, extortion and forced labor charges, though not the sex trafficking charge.
Then the two rode in a car to another house about 10 minutes away, she said. Raniere then circled the table and asked questions about her sexual history as a third person began performing oral sex on her. Nicole testified that she had told Ms. Mack denied that was the case.
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On the day of her initial sexual encounter involving Mr. Raniere, Nicole testified that he led her to a house, told her to remove her clothes, commented on her body and then blindfolded her so tightly that he left marks around her eyes. The young actress from California was at a low point during her first winter after moving to New York City when Allison Mack invited her to Nxivm, a purported self-help group near Albany.
In addition to racketeering and sex trafficking, he has been charged with conspiracy, identity theft, extortion, forced labor, money laundering and wire fraud. The woman, who was identified only by her first name, Nicole, said she had been trying to build upon an acting career that had included mainly commercial work, and was impressed by Ms.
Mack told her to inform Mr. The next day, Nicole said, Mr. Raniere led her to a house blindfolded, ordered her to disrobe and tied her wrists and ankles to a table.
The testimony, coming in the fifth week of Mr. Raniere is facing. Again she was told to undress and lie down on a table, Nicole said. Witnesses have testified that inMr. Raniere formed a clandestine organization within Nxivm known as D. Disillusioned with the trajectory of her career, Nicole ed D. The first was to stop having sex with a former boyfriend.
Then the asments from Ms. Mack started coming in. After the oral sex, she said, Mr. Raniere told her she was brave. But prosecutors have said that he preyed upon and exploited other members of Nxivm.
Nicole began spending time in the upstate town of Clifton Park, staying with Ms. Mack and going on walks with Mr. Raniere, who would call at 3 or 4 a. Her wrists and ankles were bound.