Lauren makes desperate plea to not be tried with Raniere & Mack

Lauren Salzman heads to court
Lauren Salzman

Lauren Salzman has filed a motion seeking to be tried separately from her co-defendants, Keith Raniere and Allison Mack.

All three are connected to DOS, the master-slave women’s group headed by Raniere – that branded women on their pubic region and required “collateral” of blackmail-worthy material for membership.

But the pending charges against them are different: Raniere and Mack are charged with sex trafficking involving the use of coercion – which carries a 15-year minimum prison sentence. Lauren is charged with trafficking for labor and services or document servitude which carries a 3-5 year sentence.

“Lauren did not participate in, was not aware of, and is not … charged with any … sex trafficking offenses,” Lauren’s attorney, Hector Diaz writes.  “… Lauren was [not] aware of any sex or sex trafficking within DOS.”

However, Diaz writes, “…the Government plans to make sex the theme of its case against all defendants, even those,” like Lauren, “who are not charged with a single sex-related crime.”

He writes, “The Government will be highly motivated to present voluminous evidence of sex trafficking at a trial against Raniere and Mack…The same would not be true in a separate trial for Lauren… Instead, the Government would…focus its presentation of evidence as to those acts and charges against Lauren, none of which remotely infer sex trafficking.”

“Lauren should not be burdened with the stigma of the sex trafficking evidence the Government will present against Raniere and Mack,” he writes.

Speaking of sex, the Government has stated it plans to offer evidence at trial that the female defendants –  Nancy Salzman, daughter, Lauren, Allison Mack, Kathy Russell, and Clare Bronfman – were all in “intimate relationships with Raniere” and “undertook efforts to facilitate Raniere’s access to other women.”

Diaz argues this “is not relevant to any charges against Lauren and would only have the effect of tainting the juror’s minds.”

The Government contends that Lauren must be tried with Raniere and Mack because they are all charged with a RICO conspiracy and the trial may only be severed if her defense theory is so irreconcilable with Raniere’s and Mack’s that, “…in order to accept the defense of one defendant, the jury must of necessity convict a second defendant.”

Diaz suggests that may happen, writing, that Lauren’s “defense theories will conflict with those offered by Raniere and Mack,” and “there is certainly a risk of antagonistic defenses.”

He further argues that the jury will not be able to keep the evidence relevant to each defendant separate –  and “render a fair and impartial verdict as to each defendant.”

The Government contends there is “no reason to believe” that this case would be confusing to a jury of laypersons because it does not involve economics or statistics.

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Hector Diaz, Lauren Salzman’s attorney. His offices are in Phoenix Arizona.

There are charges where Raniere and Lauren are deeply intertwined. The Government intends to show that Lauren assisted Raniere in his imprisonment of a young Mexican woman for 18 months in a room in Clifton Park, NY, as punishment for developing romantic feelings for another man [Ben Myers], when she had been ordered to have sex only with Raniere.

Diaz, previewing Lauren’s defense, stating that “Lauren vehemently denies that she had any knowledge of Raniere’s purported punishment of this young woman, and she intends to vigorously defend herself against such assertions.”

That defense may be “antagonistic” to Raniere, he wrote.

Diaz also argues that the Government has “twisted the nature of NXIVM and DOS” and tried to “shoehorn” certain harmless actions into “a completely novel method of charging the alleged crimes.”

“There is no precedent for the Government’s allegations of ‘forced labor’ based on personal errands such as picking up coffee or grabbing groceries, or ‘extortion’ resulting from an adult voluntarily sending private information [collateral] in order to gain access to an exclusive group,” Diaz writes.

The jury may be confused by it, Diaz writes. “Lauren may strategically decide not to cross-examine any of the sex trafficking witnesses. A jury, however, may deduce that Lauren’s strategic decision not to cross-examine these witnesses is evidence of her guilt, especially in light of Lauren’s involvement in DOS.”

It is within the discretion of the Court to determine whether sufficient prejudice exists to warrant severance. Working against Lauren are “judicial economy” and the convenience of witnesses.

Judicial economy is the principle that the limited resources of the court should be conserved wherever possible.



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4 years ago

Is it just me, or does Hector Diaz not look like he would make a fine member of Society of Protecters?

Scott Johnson (@ScottTexJohnson)
Reply to  Snorlax

I always assumed all the male defense lawyers had to be Society of Protectors in order to get the job.

4 years ago

Did not Lauren lead her friend, Sarah Edmondson, by the hand to be branded?

Didn’t she talk her into giving collateral all the while Lauren knew Keith would be salivating over the pics?

And she’s worried about stigma at this point?

These NXIVM folks take us common folk for idiots and we are not.

Lauren is complicit and aided and abetted. To feign ignorance now is a damn lie.

4 years ago

Another waste of legal defense funds. Apparently there really is no defense for any of these defendants or their crimes, only costly, vain attempts to evade justice and delay the inevitable.

Scott Johnson (@ScottTexJohnson)

Working against Lauren Salzman is also RICO fraud. There is no reason to have a separate trial for the same racket.

4 years ago

Totally agree, why should we, the taxpayers, have to pay even more money for these criminals to get their way. Motion after motion, crybaby after crybaby. It’s right out of the blue haired clown Keith Ranieres “How to win in court” (Ya right, losers) handbook.

Cry Me a River
Cry Me a River
4 years ago

Lauren has punished many people for not worshiping her Master Keith Raniere, AKA her Vanguard. Now she wants to distance herself from him as to not have to sit next to him at the defense table. WTF Lauren Salzman, why are you not standing by your man?

When the money runs out from Clare Bronfman’s legal trust will Lauren Salzman’s AZ attorney get paid by the state of NY to travel to NYC for trial and required hearings? My bet is Ain’t Gonna Happen.

So how is it that Lauren Salzman, a 40 something – that couldn’t afford her bail and need her grandparents to pony up the cash – be supporting herself? NXIVM, her only source of income since leaving college, is shut down? There has been no request to work, just to go see her ill mother, Nancy Salzman. What marketable job skills would she have any way? Are people still paying her for personal one-on-one counseling sessions? Did Lauren Salzman have a couple of shoe boxes full of cash like her mom?

Rational Minds want to know the answers to such questions. Maybe Clare Bronfman, Sara Bronfman or some money from south of the border is coming Lauren Salzmans way.

Just Sayin'
Just Sayin'
4 years ago
Reply to  Cry Me a River

Does anyone actually think that her impoverished grandparents had a spare 50,000$ laying around for that bail ??
If the AZ lawyers are in place because of the Salinas connection, they won’t be going anywhere.
I am sure the flurry of ridiculous motions will continue in an effort to get the biggest piece of the trust pie.

4 years ago
Reply to  Cry Me a River

I have been asking that question for months now.
How are Nancy and Lauren supporting themselves? Who paid for Nsncy’s surgery, breast reconstruction.
We have a right to know if we the twx payers are paying for these grifters.

4 years ago
Reply to  g

Good questions, g.

Nancy was/is Clare & Sara’s hypnotherapist — they were under her spell for decades. Despite stories of KAR putting Nancy in line beneath Clare, forcing her to beg Clare for hand-outs, etc., the Salzman’s pulled those, maybe ALL (including Mexi-NXIAN or ESPIAN) purse strings through Nancy’s NLP powers of persuasion, her “intensives” and “explorations of meanings” — conducted, albeit, in accordance with KAR’s “technology.”

Stories have circulated on here that Nancy admitted to stashing cash for over a decade to flee enemy persecution and she had half a million in “pin” money under her bed upon her arrest.

No one would be surprised if the Salzman’s aren’t more than able to afford their own defense despite mooching off Clare to (hopefully) the bitter end of her “contribution to humanity” through NX. And the Salzman’s have no compunction about depleting the trust fund ahead of other defendants —including those not yet but expected to be indicted — who will certainly not be able to afford representation once the fund is soon spent on frivolous, Salzman-serving motions such as this!

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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.

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