Part 4: In-Depth: Dani’s Testimony: She Loses Her Virginity – or Does She?


This is Part 4 of In Depth: Dani’s Testimony.

Part 1 – In Depth: Dani’s Testimony – ‘Keith Had a Plan to Save the World’

Part 2 – In Depth: Dani’s Testimony – Dani’s Ethical Breach and Her Punishment

Part 3: In Depth: Dani’s Testimony: Raniere Grooms the Virgin for Sex for Her 18th Birthday

In Part 3, Dani testified that she was being groomed for sex with Keith Alan Raniere. She thought it would happen on her 18th birthday, but Raniere did not meet her that day. She felt rejected.

About a week after her 18th birthday, they met at an office building in Rome Plaza in Clifton Park [where Raniere used to have his offices for Consumer Buyline.]

Dani is testifying in Brooklyn at the trial of Keith Alan Raniere.

She testified: When we got to Rome Plaza…  he led me through the hallways. I think it was the second floor at the end of the hallway on the right way facing from the front….  one of the last offices. … inside that office, there was a smaller room…. this room [had] dim lighting… I couldn’t see very well. There were stacks of…. boxes, stacks of things and…  on the floor there was… old, dirty carpet and… a dirty mattress. It had raggy, used sheets on it. …  that bed wasn’t made up. …  he asked me to take my clothes off and lay down and I did. There was … no talking. He didn’t remove his clothes. He just starting doing oral sex on me. And that went on for a while.  I don’t know how long. I was a little bit in shock with everything and then he took off his clothes and he climbed on top of me for a little while, and he gave me a hug, like a long hug … and then he just kissed me, got up, helped me up and got dressed and I drove him back to Flintlock.

Q Did you feel the defendant have an erection?

A No.

Q Did you feel the defendant penetrate you?

A No.

Q Was there any evidence that the defendant had ejaculated?

A No, no there was no kind of substance or anything like that. Nor did I bleed.

Q What happened next?

A … after I dropped him off, he calls… and … tells me, ‘ I know that you’re too shy to talk when we’re together…. so I’m calling you so we can talk about what just happened.’

Q And what did he say?

A He … asked me how I was and how I felt about it and all of these different things and one remarkable thing he said was, ‘you’re a responsible person. How come you didn’t ask me to use protection?’ And confusion ensued because I couldn’t understand why he was asking me to use protection if I didn’t feel he penetrated me. So I didn’t think we needed it [but] I understood that he was telling me that he did penetrate me and I did lose my virginity, but I did not feel that. So we were debating that point.

Q Did that continue to be a point of debate later?

A Yes. That’s still a point of debate.

Q How did you feel about what had happened at that time about him saying he had penetrated you when you hadn’t felt that?

A I feel very sure of what I felt. I was there. It’s my body so it’s very confusing to have contradictory information. I mean, I’m sure he didn’t penetrate me then.

Q Would later he actually provide you with explanations — did you have a conversation later about why there was this disconnect?

A Yeah, a few days later, we were on a walk and we were talking about this. He was asking me about this and he was kind of having, like, an EM type of conversation, like an exploration… ‘Why do you think you didn’t feel anything?’ Like, clearly …he … was right and I needed to figure out why I didn’t feel it. I stuck to my guns. To this day, I’m sticking to my guns… he was, like, doing this exploration with me and…  by the end, the concluding questions: ‘So Daniela why do you … think that you would not want to feel [his penetrating her]…  Why would you not… have felt what happened?’… I [thought] … I know the right answer [that he is looking for] and … I gave what I thought was the right answer and I said ‘Maybe I didn’t want it and so I blocked it out.’ I thought that that was the right answer. He corrected me and he gave me the ‘right’ answer. He said, ‘no, the reason why you didn’t feel it was because you were too in your head,’ which is an expression from ESP, when someone is thinking but not feeling. ‘You’re too in your head all the time. That’s what you need to work on. That ‘why.’

Q Were there later other instances where you would know something had happened and the defendant would try to convince you that it had not happened?

A Yes.

Q Did you see that with other women as well?

A Yes.

Q Later on when you had additional sexual experiences with the defendant, were there times when he had difficulty getting or maintaining an erection?

A Yes.


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  • Raniere enjoyed to make woman suffer, humiliate them , dominate them, etc.. This is prapably linked in part with his erectile dysfonction, as his sexual dependancy. This may be rooted also in the past relation with his mother. There is a lot of rumors about this relation. I think that Raniere himself spread this story of his sad teenage years alone with his alcolic and abusive mother. Then he was alone when she was sick to care for her. Of course this story is ideal to create pity and sorrow among his followers. What is true and what is bullshit? Difficult to say. Sadly, Keith’s father, Jim Raniere, remains silent, but his testimony could help us understand how such a monster was created from the begining. After a IQ test passed during his childhood, Raniere was convinced he was a genious, and Jim Raniere once told it appears to turn his son into a megalomaniac. They should be sighs of his psychopathic mind since his childhood, and so far, that’s seems factual for what we know. So Raniere was probably a psychopath already during his teenage years, and perhaps his relation with his sick mom only fixed the object of his hate : women in general

  • ‘you’re a responsible person. How come you didn’t ask me to use protection?’

    Oddly, that’s a rather classic example of how he turned things around on others, hypocritically putting all the responsibility and, really, blame on them, when he’s supposedly this “integrated” teacher – though of course it’s obvious underneath, that he’s really just living out his juvenile fantasies and fixations. It surprises me that Dani bought into it all for so long, except that he caught her young enough that she sort of grew up not knowing anything else, almost like the FLDS.

    • I agree, one would think the older male who f*cked multiple women all the time would think of that, not the young virgin woman who at the time was conditioned to think he was some kind of a god.

      • He’s just so sick and to think he fooled all those folks for so many years! Unfathomable really…I hope they throw the book at him x 20. All the young innocent lives he ruined with his god complex. It’s sickening.

    • this makes me feel so sad for gina….{did she think she could rescue him before losing herself}


    You are NOT “healthy” though are you loser? You are a cult hopper. YOU yourself are a narcissist with your projecting bullshit playing the naive victim card. You are both stupid and a perpetrator. You should be in prison for assisting and profiting from a criminal organisation. Self righteous sack of shit. You are not a “survivor”. You chose to do everything you did. Your obsession with thinking you are a moral crusader better than everyone else allowed you to be a criminal cultist for years. You followed a known pedophile and rapist for years because you are a cunt.

  • Lolwut? I don’t understand. She either didn’t feel him because he was so small. Or he just couldn’t get it up and yet still pretended like he did.

    Either way, this recounting of events is both strange and funny, and pretty humiliating to a guy who thinks he’s a ladies man.

  • Raniere’s extreme hatred of women is a projection of his own sexual dysfunction. He has a secret inferiority complex that he tries to relieve by dominating and abusing women. Left unchecked, he would have become much worse. He’s really someone who needs to be behind bars. I’ll leave it to your imagination as regards how far he night have gone…

    • I agree Paul but don’t forget also his relation with his mother when we was sick at home. I’m wondering if what happens with Pam and Barb did not represent for Raniere the ultimate revenge over his mother. By letting them die, enjoying their suffering, he did’t have to pretend he care for them. It was kind of torture through false medical treatments that gave him a total control over the death of this older harem woman.

        • Good point Nutjob. Will we never learn the truth about his relation with his mother? It seems it may be pivotal in his evolution to a psycho retarded teenager personality and his hatred of women.

  • He took Daniella to the same building where he took 12 yr old Rhiannon? No doubt he wanted to relive his past crimes.

  • Thank you Frank for your diligence in getting this all edited up for our reading! Assuming thanks still go to Miss Village Dianne, the awesome insider in the courtroom. I’m a reader in Florida, and thankful for this site to help expose all of the crimes/injustices…..appreciated all!

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