Lauren Salzman makes motion for separate trial apart from sex traffickers Raniere and Mack – may hint at cooperation with feds

Lauren Salzman

By K. R. Claviger

Shortly after yesterday’s 2-hour Status Conference was concluded – and before he even got back to his snug little cell at the Metropolitan Detention Center – Keith Raniere got another shot of bad news from one of his co-defendants.

The same is true for Raniere’s partner-in-crime in the DOS sex-trafficking scheme, Allison Mack.

Earlier this week, we found out that Nancy Salzman’s request to be released from home detention had been approved by U.S. District Court Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis. We interpreted that decision to mean that Nancy has cut a deal – and agreed to become a cooperating witness in the case.

Now, we find out that Nancy’s daughter, Lauren, has moved to have her trial severed from that of Raniere and Mack.

Via a Motion – and an accompanying “Memorandum-Of-Law – that were filed yesterday in the case, one of Lauren’s attorneys, Hector J. Diaz, has asked Judge Garaufis to allow her to have a separate trial from Raniere and Mack.

Image result for Hector J. Diaz – Quarles & Brady, LLP 18. James L. Burke – Quarles & Brady
Hector Diaz is one of Lauren Salzman’s Arizona lawyers. He has made a motion to separate her trial from the trial of Keith Raniere and Allison Mack.

In making this request, Diaz noted that the only defendants who have been charged with sex trafficking crimes are Raniere and Mack.

Diaz also claimed that “A joint trial with Raniere and Mack—the only defendants alleged to have engaged in sex trafficking offenses—would unfairly prejudice Lauren and ‘prevent the jury from making a reliable judgment’ as to her guilt or innocence simply because of her alleged association with Raniere and Mack”.

Indeed, Diaz goes on to point out that “A severance from co-defendants Raniere and Mack would ensure that Lauren receives an unbiased and fair trial by a jury of her peers who are not confused or tainted by the allegations of sex trafficking levied against her co-defendants”, Raniere and Mack.

Some of the other arguments that Diaz makes on Laurens’s behalf are as follows:
• Although DOS was established sometime in 2015, Lauren did not join until January 2017 – and was only in it for about 4½ months;

• The government alleges that Raniere and Mack engaged in the alleged sex trafficking of Jane Doe 5, Jane Doe 8, and lower ranking DOS members beginning in or about February 2016 – almost one full-year before Lauren had even joined DOS;

• The government “…has not alleged that Lauren engaged in Sex Trafficking, Sex Trafficking Conspiracy, or Attempted Sex Trafficking, (sic) nor has the government provided any discovery implicating Lauren in these alleged offenses”;

• Lauren has been grouped together in an indictment – and a prospective trial – “…that will likely involve considerable evidence and testimony to support the government’s sex trafficking allegations”; and

• There is “there is a serious risk that Lauren will not receive a fair trial or impartial verdict if she is jointly tried with Raniere and Mack”.

Lauren Salzman [r] made her motion for a separate trial without consideration of what is in the best interest of her co-defendant Clare Bronfman [l]. Yet Clare is footing at least some of the legal bills for all her co-defendants, including Lauren. In Lauren’s case, it is not known if Carlos Salinas is also funding some of Lauren’s defense.
So, what exactly is going on here, you ask – and why is Lauren asking that she be tried separately from Raniere and Mack?

The simple, on-its-face explanation is that Lauren’s attorneys are afraid that their client is going to be prejudiced if she’s tried with Raniere and Mack.

But if that’s true, then the same can be said for Nancy Salzman, Clare Bronfman, and Kathy Russell.

So, are we headed to two trials here: i.e., one for Raniere and Mack – and another for Clare, Kathy, and Lauren (If Nancy has not cut a deal, then she’d be part of this latter group)?

Or maybe four trials: i.e., one for Raniere and Mack – and then separate trials for Clare, Kathy, and Lauren (If Nancy has not cut a deal, then, per this scenario, she would also have a separate trial)?

Although possible, those outcomes – and all the ones in between – are unlikely.

Instead, I think what’s going on is that Lauren is in the process of cutting her own plea bargain deal.

But, in order to get the kind of reduced sentence that she’s looking for, she’s going to have to become a “Star Witness” for the prosecution.

To set up that arrangement, I think the prosecution is not going to fight – or fight very little – in opposition to her motion for a separate trial.

But, just to be sure she follows through on what the testimony she’s agreed to provide, her trial will be scheduled after the main trial.

If she does as promised, then she’ll get the plea deal that she wants.

If not, she will get fully prosecuted – and receive the maximum possible sentence when she’s convicted.

Of course, I could be all wrong about this – and these new filings may simply be Lauren’s attempt to avoid getting splashed with the Raniere/Mack sleaze factor.

But I think we have misidentified what Lauren’s proboscis is all about: she’s not a bird, she’s a shark!


About the author

K.R. Claviger


Click here to post a comment

Please leave a comment: Your opinion is important to us! (Email & username are optional. To leave a name, click on the email icon)

  • “Lauren Salzman is that greatest of all blessings, a true friend who never betrays” – said no-one ever.

  • Hey Claviger,

    I’m beginning to think you’re WRONG with regard to your assessment that Nancy — and possibly Lauren — have negotiated a set of momma/daughter plea deals.


    …Because after MONTHS of engaging in plea negotiations with Nancy Salzman, Moira Penza has come up with exactly SQUAT so far. That’s not normal. If an agreement was officially reached she’d have disclosed it already.

    Also, it’s been MONTHS since Moira Penza first told the court that she expected Nancy to enter into a plea deal, yet she’s come up with exactly SQUAT so far.

    Let’s not forget that Moira Penza also agreed to (i.e. failed to oppose) Allison Mack’s bail arrangements to let her out of jail when she got arrested, all because she expected a plea deal to be agreed to. Yet we all saw how that went. Penza FAILED miserably and Allison played her like a fool.

    Let’s not forget that Moira Penza agreed to (i.e. failed to oppose) Allison Mack’s bail ‘adjustments’ to give her more leeway and freedom to go to school, yet that didn’t mean SQUAT with regard to Mack’s plea deal status.

    Thus, it means NOTHING that Penza isn’t opposing Nancy’s motions for more freedom.

    Also, unless a plea deal was already DONE and Lauren’s performance on the witness stand was locked-in as part of her deal terms, it means NOTHING that she made a motion to separate her trial. Nothing. Nada. Zilch.

    Also, WHY hasn’t Nancy tried to separate her trial from Keith’s IF her own testimony is gonna be used to lessen her own punishment, just like Lauren’s?

    Do you honestly think that Nancy was given FULL IMMUNITY but Lauren’s only being given a reduced sentence?

    Not a chance. Nancy’s hands are 10 times dirtier than Lauren’s, Mr. Claviger.

    I’m beginning to think that Mr. Claviger is like a Tarot Card Reader. He’s merely ‘seeing’ the potential outcome that he WANTS TO BELIEVE no matter what motions are filed or opposed.

    I have no doubt that whatever motion gets filed next, Mr. Claviger will interpret that to mean Nancy is cooperating.

    If a motion is filed to let Nancy go disco dancing on Tuesday evenings or acquire a pet monkey, Claviger will interpret that to mean a plea deal is done.

    Penza is kinda ‘choking’ in the plea deal negotiations, so far.

    How long does it take to secure just ONE fucking plea deal in a case with so many defendants?


    Funny how Lauren was not charged with any of the sex trafficking crimes, despite Sarah Edmondson’s detailed description of Lauren’s MASTERY of DOS slave branding protocol, collection of collateral, sleep deprivation skills, etc.

    Funny how the AZ (Arizona) Mafia attorneys represent the Salzmans, who appear to have long-reserved seats on the plea bus. While Allison gets tossed under the bus with KAR.

    Guess Lauren’s and Nancy’s flight on the Bronfman jet to Vancouver to help Kruek and Hildreth recruit Allison initially is paying off now!

    Personally, I’d have cast Lauren as “Pinocchiette” were I interested in protecting any Mexican Cartels as Peterson claims Burke is doing with the Bronfman trust funds.

    BTW, the sleep depravation hypnosis techniques started way, way back in ‘98 – ‘99 with Nancy Salzman and KAR. Kristin Keeffe used, experimented with these techniques on Gina Hutchinson. And that’s a fact. (Several people including media are in possession of this knowledge and evidence, btw.).

    Allie and her star struck family better get over it. They’re not making you a star sweetheart, they’re making you road kill if you stay under that bus!

    • –Guess Lauren’s and Nancy’s flight on the Bronfman jet to Vancouver to help Kruek and Hildreth recruit Allison initially is paying off now!

      Hildreth introduced Kreuk and Kreuk introduced Allison. That’s all they did. The recruitment mind-fuck was done by Lauren and Nancy and the Bronfman sisters who whisked them away on the latter’s private jet to the Wizard of Oz.

      The members of the “tribe” will weasel their way out of this and Keith and Allison will take the fall.

    • Agreed
      Keith was telling everyone he was a superior being and only required 2 hours sleep. Lazy piece of s…t was sleeping all day.

    • Everything Ms. Lauren Salzman has not yet been charged with can still be handed over when the next
      superseding indictments come. The judge should reject this motion because there are extended charges
      against Ms. Lauren Salzman to be expected. It’s a useless game if you don’t have nothing to offer that
      the prosecutors don’t already have.

  • Lauren, from everything I have read, seems pretty hardcore NXIVM/Kieth. So much so that she would try and woo men and even deceive her mom for Keith Raniere. Seems unlikely she would flip. Hopefully she has cut a deal.

  • Unless Lauren Salzman was on KAR’s back burner, she knew about and supported DOS from the get go. Lauren has had people do a number of things for her for free or paid out of other accounts. Take out her trash, clean her cats box, shop for her, return items she bought but didn’t want once she got home.

    Lauren Salzman being in KAR’s sex stable and her mom being the President of NXIVM got a lot of things unearned. Taking things unearned allowed her to make gobs of money off of trainings and giving EM’s to others.

    KARMA for supporting and lying about your boyfriend being the best thing since sliced bread

    • Pea, is this your favourite song?

      “…Stand by your man,
      Give him two arms to cling to,
      And something warm to come to 
      When nights are cold and lonely
      Stand by your man,
      And show the world you love him
      Keep giving all the love you can
      Stand by your man
      Stand by your man,
      And show the world you love him
      Keep giving all the love you can
      Stand by your man…”

      Why April 20th? What’s so special about that day? Maybe all the smoke in the air…

    • Lauren, tell me who your friends are and I’ll tell you who you are.
      You were involved with Keith since the inception of this sex cult.

      I don’t think Mommy can make it all better this time Lauren. Time to grow up and face the music with all your pals for the last 20 years.
      You and your mother belong in prison for a long long time

    • Thanks, Mouse. Can you believe how this is being slanted against Mack? Even her close friends, like innocent Lauren, are bailing on her! They all best bail before they have to post bail, right? (Sarcasm.).

About the Author

Frank Parlato is an investigative journalist.

His work has been cited in hundreds of news outlets, like The New York Times, The Daily Mail, VICE News, CBS News, Fox News, New York Post, New York Daily News, Oxygen, Rolling Stone, People Magazine, The Sun, The Times of London, CBS Inside Edition, among many others in all five continents.

His work to expose and take down NXIVM is featured in books like “Captive” by Catherine Oxenberg, “Scarred” by Sarah Edmonson, “The Program” by Toni Natalie, and “NXIVM. La Secta Que Sedujo al Poder en México” by Juan Alberto Vasquez.

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.

Additionally, Parlato’s coverage of the group OneTaste, starting in 2018, helped spark an FBI investigation, which led to indictments of two of its leaders in 2023.

Parlato appeared on the Nancy Grace Show, Beyond the Headlines with Gretchen Carlson, Dr. Oz, American Greed, Dateline NBC, and NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt, where Parlato conducted the first-ever interview with Keith Raniere after his arrest. This was ironic, as many credit Parlato as one of the primary architects of his arrest and the cratering of the cult he founded.

Parlato is a consulting producer and appears in TNT's The Heiress and the Sex Cult, which premiered on May 22, 2022. Most recently, he consulted and appeared on Tubi's "Branded and Brainwashed: Inside NXIVM," which aired January, 2023.

IMDb — Frank Parlato

Contact Frank with tips or for help.
Phone / Text: (305) 783-7083