Latest Filing Provides Evidence that Nancy Salzman has Flipped

Nancy Salzman

The latest filing by the prosecutors in the pending criminal case against Keith Raniere, Clare Bronfman, Allison Mack, Nancy Salzman, Lauren Salzman, and Kathy Russell seems to lend credence to the persistent rumor that Nancy Salzman is negotiating – or has negotiated – a plea deal with the prosecution.

Here are some of the reasons why I say that:
– Only three of the defendants – i.e., Keith, Clare, and Nancy – are asserting that they have any claim of attorney/client privilege with respect to any of the materials that have been seized by the government as potential evidence.

– Even though it is not a named defendant in this matter, the corporate entity NXIVM has now retained its own counsel – Michael J. Sullivan – and is now making its own representations with respect to some of the issues concerning the attorney/client privilege claims that are being asserted by Keith and Clare.

– Although Keith has often claimed that he was the co-founder of NXIVM – and although Clare has described herself as NXIVM’s Director of Operations – it is believed that neither of them has any provable ownership interest in the company and/or any documentation to show that they were ever employed by the corporation. That leaves Nancy as the one who is in sole control of what NXIVM does – or doesn’t do – in this case.

– A disagreement has apparently developed in terms of what sort of claims of attorney/client privilege Clare can assert. One example of this disagreement concerns an attorney named Jonathan Ware who worked on a variety of immigration-related matters for NXIVM-related individuals (More on him in a future post). In this regard, Clare has asserted that in her capacity as a representative of NXIVM, she is entitled to attorney/client privilege regarding all her communications with Mr. Ware. But the attorney representing NXIVM has asserted that if any such privilege exists, it is in Clare’s capacity as an individual and not as a representative of NXIVM (He also claims that Mr. Ware never represented NXIVM).

– Another disagreement has developed as to whether there are/were any “Joint Defense Agreements” in place between NXIVM and any of the individual defendants. Keith and Clare claim that such agreements exist – but NXIVM’s attorney claims there are no such agreements.

So, what does all this mean?

Well, to begin with, it appears that Keith and Clare are working hand-in-hand on all the issues that have arisen regarding their assertions of attorney/client privilege with respect to the seized materials.

But Nancy does not appear to be part of that team.

And NXIVM – which, as noted earlier, is apparently under Nancy’s sole and absolute control – is disputing at least some of the claims being asserted by Keith and Clare.

If Nancy has decided to cut a deal for herself – and maybe for her daughter, Lauren – she would likely not be doing anything to help Keith and Clare right now. Nor would she be directing NXIVM’s attorney to be doing anything to help them – which is certainly what seems to be happening here.

Whatever is going on should get a lot clearer next week. That’s because the Magistrate Judge who is overseeing this aspect of the case, the Honorable Vera Scanlon, has scheduled a Status Conference at 3:30 PM on Tuesday, December 4th, to hear arguments from all the affected parties about any issues concerning attorney/client privilege claims.

That could be the start of a really bad week for Raniere. Because on Thursday, December 6th, he – along with all his co-defendants – will be appearing before Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis at a Status Conference concerning the criminal case itself. And if Judge Garaufis has not already done so prior to that date, he may issue a ruling on Raniere’s pending bail motion at the December 6th conference.

Who knows? Judge Garaufis may even play Raniere’s now-infamous YouTube video – which was part of his bail application package – in open court.

That would certainly guaranty a full courtroom…

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  • After a week or so of banning the insults and insulters, this website has returned to a place with intelligent, informative comments.
    What a relief!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Nancy is not innocent. She ran an MLM organization designed to feed those at the top and starve those at the bottom all in the name of saving humanity and an ethical world. She signed off on all financial and legal matters that hurt others and ignored KAR’s sexual abuse because it protected her power as queen of the empire.

    Of course, she’s making a deal or has already consummated it She’s pissed at Rainiere for ruining her empire and doesn’t want to go to jail for a cause that has no profitable gain. So, she’s out there trying to collect $1,250/hour offering individual consulting.

    In the end, Nancy needs to get honest with herself and make amends to the people Nx hurt or deceived. Deal or no deal, she’s needs to get herself straight and be straight with others.

  • Get the bastard, Nancy.

    Lauren – Your Mom can’t go back in time and keep you away from him, but if she could, she would. I hope you can appreciate her as she finally overcomes her “music stand”. I also hope you are fully supporting her as your well-being is undoubtedly being placed above her own.

  • Poor Judge Garaufis, a respected judge having to listen to the Nxivm comedy act. I imagine if he writes a book one day this trial will go down in history as one of the strangest he presided over. Those first 2 pages on the bail filing are great dinner party reading, along with the video which goes great with the after dinner brandy and coffee!

  • No one at NXIVM was hired to work for NXIVM. Almost everyone who worked there other than Nancy Salzman , the owner, worked as private contractor.

    Keith Raniere owned a percentage (10% is what I was told by Salzman), of First Principles. FP owned Rational Inquiry which is the training program Executive Success Program used for Ethos and Origins programs, (when combined, made up the entire 16 day intensive).

    Executive Success Programs also had a coach training track.

    ESP became NXIVM after the Forbes article tarnished ESP. This was an attempt to cover up bad press. NXIVM also became the Umbrella Corporation for many other programs like Jeness. I left before the University, DOS/SOP, and other programs so where they fit in I have no knowledge.

    Raniere was behind all of these programs and was the Master Mind for all things evil. Most of the thousands who took training from NXIVM never saw the Cult of Raniere, they simply took the first level training and left.

    Not everyone who went beyond the 16 day training saw the Cult aspects. When some discovered this evil, they left right away, some took longer and some stayed until the house of cards fell, some still are in full support of the Cult.

    The Cult crap was tightly controlled by Raniere and took place in Knots Woods and off campus.

    Nancy Salzman was a key figure in the brainwashing and extortion of factors that either NXIVM or the Cult could use. Salzman protected Raniere and I believe she was afraid of him. She is not innocent in their crimes legal or against humanity.

    • But companies have to be registered with NY Sec of State and function as companies – board members, directors, shareholders, meetings, tax records filed etc.

      You cannot just create companies as a shell game to hide ownership. If you do, you can be sued individually. So Nancy, Keith, Lauren, etc., could all be sued personally for fraud related to NXIVM.

      • Raniere has never believed that he was subject to any “rules”. That certainly includes New York State’s “rules” regarding corporations.

        Last I knew, there were more than 100 different companies, some with the same name, operating under the NXIVM umbrella. Most of these were shell corporations that were simply used to move money around or make one of his acolytes feel important because Raniere had set up a special company for her.

        When the feds finally getting around to looking at the financial aspects of Raniere’s criminal enterprise, this whole house-of-cards will come tumbling down.

        One of the key people that the feds will be talking to is fake CPA Matt McMorris. Hopefully, he’ll be smart enough to tell the truth when the FBI and IRS agents show up to question him. Otherwise, he will be going away for at least 5 years just on the perjury charges.

        • You note KAR set up shell companies “to make one of his acolytes feel important” in part. True, I believe, KAR used this trick as an induction/seduction tool. Also made everyone look successful — as if they’d achieved that ESP goal and had their own biz, only they’d paid or were to pay far more in courses than it cost to start a “company” — register a domain name.

          I’d add the young ladies themselves were used to front the shell companies and “take the fall” or blame for its crimes such as tax evasion, etc. Also, more shells less chance the peanut will turn up, so to speak.

          • Yes, it’s very easy to teach people how to set up shell companies, LLC’s, and pass this off as a product / feeling of empowered, no matter how shitty the idea is. I think I read where one women created a LLC for a car wash / detailing business? Can’t remember her name. Not important. However, If the FBI follows the money trail of donations to these business start-ups, I’m sure they will find questionable accounting practices, if not tax evasion.

        • Olivia Cheng, a NXIVM coach and recruiter who will be appearing in a Bruce Lee inspired television show fronted a NXIVM shell company called “One Asian”. Her twitter feed is full of virtue signalling but no mention of NXIVM, at all. Hopefully the feds will investigate her. She was also a big recruiter for Raniere.

    • I do believe that many did not see the evil. But how could anyone explain the bowing, handshakes, calling Nancy Prefect and creepy Keith whom most never saw the first year Vangaurd without suspicion that this was not an ordinary training in executive success? It defies logic to me, it’s not simple naivete as most were intelligent people on their way to success already. At least until they started on the stripe path.
      I am still holding out hope that Nancy has flipped. As her choices in life seem to be to her benefit why change now.
      As I said yesterday Catherine Oxenberg is a true mother, I can’t say the same for Nancy Salzman. There are those of us who would die to save our children and those who would sell their children out.
      Flipping on Nxivm won’t make up for Nancy’s choices but it would be a start.

      • The stupid bowing, sashes and secret nods and handshakes is incredibly juvenile. Most of the bunch would have been better off spending their money on scratch-off lottery tickets. A fish rots from the head down. If I were Nancy, I would do anything to save my daughters if I were her. They are still considerably young and in good health, granted they both would benefit from some long-term psychotherapy.

    • That all fits like a glove and smoothly spoken. Nancy has NLP skills she put to purpose and, in time, she knew damn well to what purpose Keith intended. Fear may have been a factor when his perversities grew more extreme — as you say. Coupled with the Hitler mind trip. It’s said manipulators are often easily manipulated themselves.

      If Nancy hasn’t “flipped,” then she has literally flipped out of her mind!

      • I assume you know Nancy well? Does she has the capacity to be honest and make amends?
        I hope so, for her sake.

      • Yes, the whole Hitler mind trip is really weird What’s really interesting is that Keith’s subjects appear to more or less believe it’s true. Anyway, I’d be curious to know why Keith decided on the Hitler references versus something else.

    • Escaped NXIVM, it’s how all MLMs work, technically called independent contractors. No salary, no benefits, just a cash transaction. However, 1099s are required, and lack of paying income taxes may be an area where these scam artists get nailed bigtime.

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Parlato has been prominently featured on HBO’s docuseries “The Vow” and was the lead investigator and coordinating producer for Investigation Discovery’s “The Lost Women of NXIVM.” Parlato was also credited in the Starz docuseries "Seduced" for saving 'slave' women from being branded and escaping the sex-slave cult known as DOS.

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