A source from within the Raniere universe has written:
“I’ve been following this blog and reading Allison’s Instagram … It’s obvious that she is ‘pushing back’ against this press coming out. It honestly makes me sick. I have seen the brand; I have heard the stories of women who have been personally harmed by DOS, ESP and several of it’s members.
I do not understand how you could Tweet and Instagram about ‘truth’ and hashtag ‘lovevsfear’ when you are branding women and holding collateral over their heads.
She is a slave not only to Keith Raniere, but to the box she has placed herself in. I know underneath her ‘I am amazing’ exterior is a scared girl that just wants to be loved by everyone. She cannot handle knowing that there are people who do not like her.
Her career is ruined, and, if it’s not yet, it will be. No film or TV show in their right mind would bring this kind of press onto their show… especially main networks.
It’s sad, because she is talented, and like many of these women, is a victim to Keith Raniere and his mind games. She was once a sweet person, and she has been lost to all of the BS. I wish there was a way to help her, but it seems she has dug her own grave, and is so far gone that she believes what she is doing is good.
If you ever read this Allison, listen to your gut. You’ve wanted to leave before, you can leave. You can get out. You can make this right. Keith will let you die for him, he will let you go to jail for him, he does not care about you. Think of the people out there that look up to you… how do you feel about manipulating thousands of people with your lies? They listen to you…don’t lead them down the same dark path you have lead yourself and so many other beautiful young women down. You can stop this. Please…stop this. Wake up.
From accounts published here, Lauren Salzman tried to stop the bleeding of the San Francisco ESP “center” (does it have a brick and mortar address, or is it member’s apartments or hotel conference rooms?) from the blackmail, branding, and slavery of DOS.
It is notable that several things were NOT reported to be said.
Lauren did NOT say that DOS is a rogue element inside JNESS, and that JNESS remains the giggly girls mutual support club that it claims to be. Presumably that means DOS has so thoroughly gutted JNESS that such a claim would have no credibility.
Lauren also did NOT say that while DOS/JNESS may have gone in a bad direction, that was due to to its leadership (who are only women after all) not adequately following the infallible principles taught by Keith Raniere. Presumably that means that everyone listening knew that Raniere knew exactly what was happening and chose not to stop it.
Lauren also did NOT say that DOS/JNESS have nothing to do with Executive Success Programs. Recall that neither program publicly links itself to the other (except that both acknowledge Raniere as their infallible originator). Lauren might have tried to salvage ESP even if JNESS is unsalvageable. Presumably that means that everyone listening knew ESP and DOS/JNESS are just two sides of the same coin.
Be aware that making inferences from absence of data is risky. It may be that our host, or his sources, know otherwise but simply didn’t report it.
In the Consumer Buy-Line days, Raniere had defense arguments for why it technically wasn’t a pyramid scheme, and fallback strategies for abandoning states while continuing in others. In setting up ESP, Raniere made Nancy Salzman the corporate figurehead and avoided any paper trail linking it to him.
But in the present case, none of the obvious ways for him to avoid responsibility have been used. The strategy seems to be a complete stonewall.
It may be that with Bronfman money Raniere thinks he can dodge civil and criminal prosecution, which wasn’t an option back in the day. Certainly the money will buy some time if nothing else.
But it would not be surprising he really did move the harem to Fiji….
The government in the service of public justice can go after anyone if they want. They would only have to be pressured to do so.
Besides RICO makes legal paper trails unnecessary.
I don’t think telling someone like her to “listen to your gut” will help. Her frog has been boiled and she’s been brainwashed too deep. She seriously needs a cult deprogramming/intervention from people who truly care (unlike the fake fraud of a man who is just using her which she can no longer see) about her, e.g., family or friends.