Guest View: Lauren Salzman’s Testimony Is Mainly a Pity Party for Herself

This the photo the government is using of Lauren Salzman in exhibits for the jury.

By Shivani

In the article Lauren Salzman’s Sensational and Damning Testimony, Frank Report observed, “The prosecution seemed more intent on her describing her life with Raniere.”

What else does Lauren Salzman have to describe? Hers is the testimony of someone who subsumed herself, handed herself over to at least a 20-year sentence in cult hell at age 21, with her ambitiously hideous mother’s full approval and urging. She’s got nothing else to talk about besides her entire, so-called adult life being spent acting as a martyred, starving, busy-working, groupie-guru sucker, desperate for a sadist’s attention and approval.

She devoted herself wholeheartedly to her own misery within the groupie troupe. As if Lauren had no choices, she even agreed that her feelings of (justifiable) unhappiness were to be seen as self-indulgence. She hammered the nails into her own coffin of fear, willing to evaluate herself as full of inferiority and unworthiness. Then she kept worshiping the creep who wanted her to feel inferior and unworthy.

She was one of many women with Raniere who felt this way and yet still kept working for Raniere, doing ménage á trois jobs, pimp jobs, financial scam jobs, as if shell-shocked from their deity and his self-sabotaging version of groupthink, alongside the Vanguard self-blame edicts.

Lauren has given the exact date of the first time she had sex with her “Master.” April 1, 2001 still appears to be a day that goes down in history (herstory) because Lauren began her hallucinatedly monogamous sexual relationship with the slick, smelly sperminator on that day.

Eighteen years later she sits on her backside in court and still gives the impression that she thinks this pathetic sexual exchange was somehow sanctified, sacred. Yet it is memorable only in her delusory, milquetoast mind, nowhere else. She was just been another exploitable hole, guilty pleader and slave plus slave master. Now she boo-hoos as if it’s a soap opera, and she’s just soooo hurt.

Is there a sash for that?

Forget that she has acted criminally and pleaded guilty. She seems to be offering, as the overall theme of her testimony, that it is mostly an unreconciled pity-party for herself. Maybe she is hoping her own perpetrator shit will slip through the cracks of her victimhood.

To paraphrase, “the devil made me do it.”

Lauren looks to be still all tangled up, crying in court about never having had any babies with her Master, after 20 years of Raniere successfully running his number on her and her group of peers. Her comprehension of criminal activity and intent seems buried beneath her ongoing emotional avalanche.

Her remorse doesn’t seem to go much past her own nose, and she has spent at least 20 years with her nose lodged up Raniere’s rathole as one of his primary ass-kissers.

Good for the prosecution for letting the damage speak for itself and as testimony, from the mouth of Lauren Salzman.

Maybe Lauren will let herself get mad as hell at her fallen god when she continues her witness performance on Monday?

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  • Lauren – and I NEVER thought I would defend this woman in any way ever – is the product of Keith. And of her mom. There’s a reason Keith preyed on younger women. That she is almost as narcissistic as the Master is true. She has lived in a world where everyone was told to do nothing but confront themselves/blame themselves/ everything was the Self, inwardly directed, etc, there’s very little empathy for the victims, if any at all because she is a victim herself. I say this knowing how much I detest Lauren and her mother.

  • Maybe someone could get Lauren a t-shirt that says “My mother led me into NXIVM and all I got was this lousy t-shirt and a case of herpes!”

  • It bothers me that it seems that the people most culpable in this case are getting the velvet glove treatment.

    Nancy Salzman – a psychopath who knew exactly what was being done to people, including her daughter.
    Lauren Salzman – a psychopath who liked to keep slaves.
    Clare Bronfman – a psychopath who wanted to utterly destroy people who told the truth about NXIVM.
    Allison Mack – a psychopath who kept slaves and wanted them branded with her initials.

    Bad things were done to them, but that doesn’t excuse what they did.

    • There Ain’t No Justice.
      These women willingly sold their souls to the Devil and now they play the Victim Card.

      And their are reports that Nicki Clyne is tooling around Half Moon in a spiffy white BMW with the DOS slaves.
      Sex Cult Still Going- Allison Mack’s Wife & Other Members Spotted Near NXIVM Base
      Nicki Clyne resurfaced in upstate New York this week, eyewitnesses claim.

      Former neighbors of the Smallville star claim that Clyne has been galivanting around her old Halfmoon, New York neighborhood Opens a New Window. with young women believed to have been involved in NXIVM as well.

      “Nicki Clyne is driving around in a white BMW picking up girls on Flintock Lane where she once lived with Allison,” an eyewitness told Radar.

      “It’s crazy because there seems to still be a lot of NXIVM women getting together around here and they aren’t hiding

      Maybe Nicki is keeping the DOS slaves lubricated up for when Allison gets out of prison.

    • It is a difficult issue of what is free choice with cults. Look at those Canadian men charged recently with moving daughters under age across state borders to marry in Utah or whatever under the FLDS – they knew they would lose their wives, children, jobs, money, everything if they did not obey. Not easy choices. Ditto if you leave hassidic communities and Scientology – you have to leave everything behind usually. However unless we do bring cases against people no cult leader or their leading people under them will ever stop so we have to take some stands like this.

  • All NXIVM women always have the same profile: young, uneducated, troubled, insecure, easy-to-manipulate women, and some of them also with money. The rest is history. Yet, the most horrible of them is, of course, Nancy Salzman for all she put her daughters through.

  • “Lauren has given the exact date of the first time she had sex with her “Master.” April 1, 2001”
    April Fools’ Day!
    How Appropriate!

    All of these NXIVM women are engaged in a Giant Pity Party.
    Nothing is more nauseating than watching this gang of CRIMINALS try to play the VICTIM CARD.

  • Bravo and thanks Shivani33. I so need that before putting head to rest! Maybe I’ll read a little Tennyson first. ❤️

    • Heidi, Shivan33’s message is that all of these NXIVM women. are a giant Ship of Fools.
      Criminal Fools.
      Criminal Fools who are now engaged in a Giant Pity Party for themselves.
      These NXIVM women merit no sympathy.

  • Lauren Salzman was/is a co-predator of Keith Raniere’s.

    Like most his other inner circle it was only when she was backed into a corner that she was willing to turn her back on Raniere and had to be court order to give up the goods on him.

    To date the only two Nobel ones who have left Raniere who had a close relationship with him appears to be Mark Vincent and Toni Natalie.

    Barbara Bouchey walks the waiting line every court morning introducing herself to everyone who seems to be a reporter. She is busy self promoting, herself as Raniere one and only real girlfriend. Who wants to own that place in history. Yuck!!!

    During breaks and after court Bouchey flocks around talking to who ever will listen “correcting testimony” as if the witness are committing perjury. Who is this woman-

    I’ve over heard Bouchey say she is going to write a book to correct what’s been said in court. WHAT, that is cra cra, IMO

    Lauren Salzman testimony has yet to shed light on Raniere’s illegal enterprise or what her role has been in the criminal organization to any great depth.

    • “Barbara Bouchey is busy self promoting, herself as Raniere’s one and only real girlfriend.”

      All of these women are disgusting.
      Deep down they all still love their Vanguard.
      Had they not been arrested and charged with serious crimes they would still be doing their Vanguard’s bidding.

    • Barb has said she wants the best parts of NXIVM to be preserved and offered to the public.

      She also extols the virtues, as if there are any, of Keith while she stands on line to get into the court house.

      Barb also took over the TU venue making it all about her.

      Frankly, she is highly unlikeable, almost in the Cindy Anthony/Cindy Watts unlikeability aspect.

      Barb, I know you read the comments.

      Take this seriously.

      Go away. Go far away.

      We don’t want you, Nikki, Nancy, any of you or any hint of NXIVM in the capital district.

      We go eeew at how scummy and reprehensible all of you are. The more that comes to light, the more we want to salt the ground where any of NXIVM acolytes have been.

      Why Frank has given you a voice is beyond

  • Shivani,

    Lauren’s testimony is guided by the prosecution. Her testimony is based on the questions she is asked by the prosecution.

    Lauren also has a plea deal and cannot lie or the plea deal is off.

    Lauren is not delivering a monologue in a one woman play……

    …….She is giving testimony at a trial.

    • Vrrrrry good point, Niceguy.

      Shavani’s focused on a facet that IS reflected in Lauren’s testimony but, yes, what’s left out or in of what she may know – which we know is a LOT more – depends on the questions asked or, more significantly, not asked.

      If they wanted more information from her, as you say, they would have to ask and she couldn’t lie w/o risk of losing whatever mystery deal is behind door #1.

      I’d say she’s already in a gray area as to her Mother not knowing about when she started fucking KAR and her response that the affair was “difficult to hide from her mother” — who’s been publically accused of pimping out her baby girls — gives them both an out…MAYBE…if it’s someday evident Nancy not only knew but forced her to save her virginity for Keith and had her slapping Rogaine on her puss to grow a more fulsome bush for him —metaphorically speaking of course.

      The Salzman’s had a year of unsupervised visits to strategize, let’s remember, and who cares about perjury anyhow these days- It’s only a court of law. Although not necessarily in Mexico.

      All I have to say, and I may be over the legal limit at the moment, is if there aren’t any Mexican “Elite” indictments on the come, some “Carlos” better be paying Cemex — is that the contractor, then- — for an exceptionally well-built wall that’ll surely Make America great………again!

      And liberty and justice for Gina and all!

      • cemex is the company that has been allowed by patent since 1970s to mix blood with cement {why blood eh-}

      • Heidi, There will be no indictments of the Mexican Elite.
        And the Wall, which should have been built thirty years ago, will never be built.

        ICE to hire contractor to transport 225,000 migrants to shelters across the US

        Border Patrol flies hundreds of migrants to California

        DNA tests reveal 30% of suspected fraudulent migrant families were unrelated

        • If there won’t be any Mexican indictments, why was Salinas brought up in court- The wall is currently being built. The shipment of 225,000 migrants across the U.S. has been canceled. The migrants are going to California because they have the facilities to process them more quickly. Stick to Mack.

          • “If there won’t be any Mexican indictments, why was Salinas brought up in court-‘

            When we start talking about the Salinas family and the Mexican elite we leave the realm of law and enter the realm of politics.
            Even Geopolitics.

      • Heidi,

        Today’s testimony points to your hunch being the correct one in regards to Nancy and Lauren working/formulating their story for a year.

        “Allison Mack allegedly wanted Nxivm ‘slave masters’ to be ‘sister wives’”….

        I guess it’s time for Lauren Salzman to paint Allison Mack as culpable and as evil as Keith Raniere………

        I guess those Salzman women know how to cover their own asses.

        You are right on the money. Most insightful.

    • It could take Lauren a long time to get out of her indentured servitude, if she even wants to move beyond it. For now she is stuck to the flypaper, still very dependent. One ridiculously obvious example of her trapped quality is who holds the purse strings around her testimony, around her neck and her voice. Lauren is allowed to kvetch, but she is oh-so-reluctant to condemn. I don’t hear the voice of someone who has left her cult when Lauren testifies.

      She still uses the present tense when she describes her voluntary captivity, as if Raniere’s narcissistic and sadistic numbskull “philosophy” remains firmly in place as her major influence. If she wanted to overcome this mindset, Lauren would be talking about how she has sought professional counselling to break herself away from the pain, the humiliation and her own immense 20 year mindfuck.

      But no. From what can be observed so far, none of Raniere’s codefendants have really turned against him. It is as if Lauren and company are walking through a minefield of their own making instead of having decided to get the hell out of their own way.

      It surprised me to find a comment of my speculative observations featured here but I’ve been waiting to learn how the players in the court case interact with one another and what attitudes are being displayed. At times the displayed countenances reveal more than the testimony itself.

      Sidenote – ROL has put out a little Nxivm article about how Mack’s wifey is “gallivanting” around various Nxivm places in a white BMW full of female devotees and is making the neighbors nervous. Maybe it’s a fine time to get a truckful of very loud firecrackers to distribute to the neighbors for some robust but nonviolent protest (-)

      • Sex Cult Still Going- Allison Mack’s Wife & Other Members Spotted Near NXIVM Base
        Nicki Clyne resurfaced in upstate New York this week, eyewitnesses claim.

        Former neighbors of the Smallville star claim that Clyne has been galivanting around her old Halfmoon, New York neighborhood with young women believed to have been involved in NXIVM as well.

        “Nicki Clyne is driving around in a white BMW picking up girls on Flintock Lane where she once lived with Allison,” an eyewitness told Radar.

        “It’s crazy because there seems to still be a lot of NXIVM women getting together around here and they aren’t hiding,” the eyewitness continued.

        “They’re up to something,” said the source. “We wonder if NXIVM is still running behind closed doors.”

        Nicki has to keep the women lubricated up for when Allison gets out of prison.

  • “Her remorse doesn’t seem to go much past her own nose…”

    That would make her quite remorseful indeed, at least based on photographic evidence.

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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.

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