Part 2: Lauren Salzman Cross Examination Stopped by Judge: Lauren Asked If She Was an Adult

Lauren Salzman

This is part 2 of the cross-examination of Lauren Salzman which was to be halted by Judge Nicholas Garaufis at the end of the day.

The cross-examination is being presented so that readers can at least glimpse how Marc Agnifilo, Keith Raniere’s attorney, conducted the cross-examination and for readers to consider whether the judge was correct in choosing to stop the questioning.

Since it will almost certainly be used as a major reason for an appeal, I think it is of interest to followers of the trial and the world of Keith Alan Raniere.

Part 1: Lauren Salzman: Cross Examination Stopped by Judge: Women of Raniere and Lauren’s Acceptance of Them

Part 1 left off with questions about how Keith having or not having sex with various women affected their roles in Nxivm.  Part 2 begins with questions about the Nxivm 9 – a group of nine Nixvm women, led by Susan Dones – who led the women to quit Nxivm following revelations made by one of Keith Raniere’s harem members, Barbara Bouchey [who also left]. Dones’ group has often been referred to as the Nxivm 9.

A What was the problem? [as alleged by the Nxivm 9] … as you understood, as Keith expressed it at the time?

A What I understood at the time was that there were allegations being made that all the people on the [Nxivm] executive board were in [sexual] relationships with Keith and having sex with each other and that it was incredibly nepotistic….

Q And, so, what happened to the board?

A The whole [Nxivm Executive] board got fired, [Keith] created a whole new board, and then, eventually, I was back on the board because nobody on the new board was doing my job function…

Q And you’re being on the board and being effective on the board had nothing to do with the fact that you had had or didn’t have a relationship with Keith; correct, you were good at your job?

A … I actually got fired from the board for a period of time because I had a relationship with Keith, but, yes, I got back on the board because I was good at my job.


Lauren Shunned Her Father

Q … for a period of time your father was shunned; am I right about this?

A Yes.

Q …  because he was connected with someone named Nina?

A Yes.

Q And do you recall writing a letter to your father about this situation?

A Yes, I wrote several letters to my father about the situation.

Q And what did you tell your father in these letters?

A Urging him to please support me and Keith and … NXIVM and … not support people who are trying to destroy us as an organization.

[Nina was an employee of Lauren’s father and one of the NXIVM 9]

Q And what did you want your father to the do with Nina?

A To either convince Nina to withdraw her support from the 9 or to fire her.

Q And did he?

A No, he didn’t.  …  He wanted to be neutral. And, you know, Keith’s point, and that was my point at the time too, was that is there isn’t ‘neutral’ because he’s my father, so his vote counts in a different way than other people’s votes, and I should take a stand on this.

Q And the stand that you took is you tried to convince your father to fire … Nina.

A By leveraging the relationship, by withholding it from him.

Q By withholding?

A The relationship, our relationship from my father.

Q … When you say you were ‘withholding your relationship with your father,’ describe … what you were doing.

A I stopped seeing him or being willing to talk to him unless he would … do what I was asking.

Q…you described this … as a form of shunning by NXIVM, correct?

A …  There were discussions about it between me and the other community members. And, so, it became part of that.

Q But you made the decision on your own?

A I made the decision with Keith.

Q And at the time, how old were you?

A You know, thirtysomething, early thirties.

Q And this is your sort of adult relationship with your father, correct?

A It’s my adult relationship with my father based in counseling and advisement from Keith about a subject that Keith felt very strong about. …. I don’t view it the same way right now.

Q … At the time, you believed that …Nina was a member of a group … that was … damaging to NXIVM, correct?

A … Nina got involved in the group [Nxivm 9]… Nina was… taking a stand… and my dad was hiring her.

Q And you wanted to communicate …   very clearly [to her father] that: ‘If you continue to work with this person Nina, I, your daughter, am not going to have a relationship with you.’ Right?

A Based on going for walks, many walks, with Keith, where he said, ‘I don’t think your father loves you. This is an example of not love. If he really loved you, he would do this, and I don’t understand why he won’t support us.’  And my dad didn’t want to take a stand that would put him in a position to be on the receiving end of a bunch of negative press associated with NXIVM and public scrutiny.

Q Did Keith ever threaten you or say if you didn’t write these letters to your father something bad would happen to you?

A Keith… never threatened me…. But if I didn’t follow through on it, there would have been many more talks until I had been willing to uphold the ethical position or I would have been viewed as somebody who isn’t willing to do the ethical thing, or the good thing, or the right thing. And others, for example, Rosa Laura [Junco] or the Bronfmans, who had similar issues with their parents but were financially in a different place [they had wealthy fathers] and were financial backers [of Raniere], were not put in positions to do that [where they had to shun their fathers].

Q And did you tell Keith you didn’t want to take this position with your father?

A No, I didn’t. But I did discuss with him over the years what it meant and why was it such an issue with me and why did he make such a point of it with me when he didn’t push the others [the wealthy women to shun their fathers] or make such a point of it with them. [Rosa Laura Junco’s father the world famous Alejandro Junco was actively against Keith as was Edgar Bronfman Sr. while Lauren’s father was merely neutral – but Keith did not require his wealthy heiress followers to shun their fathers].

Q But fair to say you took this position with your father because that’s what you wanted to do?

A Yes, and part of my wanting to do that is, more than anything else I wanted in the world, was Keith’s approval and that Keith thought I was a definition of a good person by doing the things that Keith laid out … to be a good person. And I did that time and time again.

Q Did you talk to your mother about it?

A Yes.

Q And what was your mother’s position?

A Everyone’s position within NXIVM who was loyal to Keith … had the same perspectives. And if they didn’t, they wouldn’t have been viewed as supporting the initiatives or the mission of NXIVM….

Lauren Never Asked Keith to Let Dani out of the Room

[Discussions about Mark Vicente and Daniela followed. Lauren oversaw Daniela’s confinement to a room for nearly two years.]

Q …  did you tell Keith that ‘I think we should let her out, I think it’s time, I think this has gone too far, we should let her out of the room?’

A I always questioned myself, not Keith. Even when I had questions about Keith, or doubts like that, I always …  deferred to what Keith thought … and I thought that it was me, my fears, my limitations, or issues, and that..  Keith … knew what was right or … what was ethical.

Q But you didn’t —

A … I avoided the whole situation altogether [about Daniela being confined to a room] because I couldn’t really handle what was going on there.

Q You didn’t bring it up to him, you didn’t go up to him and say, ‘hey, Keith, I think this has gone too far?’

A I didn’t feel able to, no. I just avoided it. I left her in the room all alone for months at a time.

Q Because at the time you thought that was the right thing?

A Because at the time I couldn’t handle any aspect of thinking it might not be [right].

Q You could have just gone to Keith … did you think that Keith valued your opinion?

A To a degree, but …  commensurate with what was going on in the room was the NXIVM 9 had left …. and there was a lot of feedback that I was getting from Keith about how I was directly responsible for that; my failures, my mom’s failures had caused that [the Nxivm 9 leaving], and I didn’t want to be somebody who failed and caused hardship and destroyed the company… I was especially focused during this time at doing a good job at whatever needed to be done.


Family Supported Dani being confined

Q … Hector, [Dani’s] father, was fully on board with Dani remaining in the room, correct?

A Hector, the father, in my experience, is an incredibly weak personality and could have been enrolled to be on board if Marianna was on board, or if Cami was on board. Like if the whole family said we’re not on board, then I think that Hector would not have been on board.

Q … Hector, weak-willed or not weak-willed, he said, as the father of his daughter, he supported her staying in that room, correct?

A It’s true, and he withheld her documents in the end as well.

Q And the mother had concerns about it, but the mother was supportive of her being in the room as well?

A Yes, that’s true.

Q And her two sisters [Cami and Mariana] were supportive of her staying in the room as well, correct?

A They were — they had issues with it, but they were.

Q And her brother, Fluffy – Adrian… wasn’t objecting to her being in the room… ?

A Adrian had objections …  and there were times that Keith asked me to talk to the other siblings…  to help Adrian reform his perspective and stop having those reservations [about his sister being kept in a room for two years].


Q And how old was [Dani] at the time that she left the room…?

A In her mid to late twenties.

Q Okay, so a mid to late 20-year-old person chose to leave the room and she was driven by her father and Kristin Keeffe to the Mexican border, correct?

A Yes. Yes, correct.


Q Now, Hector had a fairly successful business, didn’t he?

A That’s my understanding, yes.


Q He was a successful businessman?

A Yes.

Q …  And here, this successful businessman is telling all these other people ‘my daughter stole from me and she hacked into my Facebook account,’ right?

A Yes.

Q That’s what he’s saying?

A Yes.

Q So, he obviously made arrangements for her to be safe in Mexico because he had [his] accountant … meet her over the border, right?

A…   he made arrangements for her to be safely transported from the border to a city and then left.

Q Okay, at a certain point, his twenty-something-year-old daughter was going to have to fend for herself?

A With a $126, or $128, and no papers or identification or history in any way, when she had never fended for herself before, and had just been kept in a room for two years and left her entire family in Albany.

Q Because that’s the decision Hector, the father, made after his daughter stole from him and hacked into his Facebook account, right?

A True.


Agnifilo questions her further on Dani and her confinement and Lauren then says:

A  … I did a lot of shitty things when I was in my twenties. It took me a long time to figure out how to get my shit together, and I just don’t think [what Dani did] raises to the level of keeping her in a room for two years and then disowning her and sending her back to Mexico with $120…..

Lauren Questioned About Her Age

Q How old were you in 2012?

A (No response.)

THE COURT: What was the question?

AGNIFILO: How old was Ms. Salzman in 2012?

A (No response.)

Q Take a moment.

A I don’t know. It’s not because I’m upset; I’m dyslexic and really bad at math. Sorry.

Q It’s all right.

A I just —

Q Tell me whenever you’re ready.

A I’m ready, I just can’t do the math right at this second.

Q Okay, I won’t ask you again. That’s all right. How old are you now?

A Forty-two.

Q Okay, I apologize for asking. All right, so it’s seven years ago. Okay, so it’s —

A Thirty-five.

Q Thirty-five, all right….

[Agnifilo then continues to question Lauren – at length – about her role in Dani’s confinement and about her emails – when Dani was confined – where she clearly supports and takes an active part in Dani being confined to her room. The time for lunch came, and after lunch, Agnfiilo returned to his cross-examination of Lauren.

Nxivm Was A Good Time for Lauren

Q You said on direct examination that Keith would use nicknames for different people.

A Yes.

Q And you said one of the nicknames Marianna had the nickname “Monkey”?

Q And Dani was “BoBo”?

A Yes.

Q And Kathy Russell was “Ms. Kathy”?

A Yes.

Q Were these nicknames meant to hurt these people’s feelings or were they good-natured?

A I think they were good-natured.

Q And a lot of people in the community had nicknames, right?

A Yes.

Q Back in the day, you guys had a lot of fun together, right?

A Yes.

Q You did a lot of things together. You would go to V-Week together, right?

A Yes.

Q And you would take these courses together, right?

A Yes, we did.

Q And you all lived in different houses but pretty close to each other, right?

A Yes, we did.

Q And you had picnics and barbecues and played Frisbee, right?

A Yes.

Q A lot of volleyball, right, in the middle of the night when the gym was cheaper to rent, right?

A Yes.

Agnifilo then showed Lauren a series of photographs [which he introduced in evidence]:

Q That’s you and who?

A Pamela Cafritz.


Q Any idea where you are there?

A Yes. This is New Year’s in Fiji.

Q How many times did you go to Fiji?

A Twice.

Q What were the reasons you went to Fiji; was it a work thing, a pleasure thing, both?

A It was a social thing. Pam was diagnosed with cancer and wanted to go to Fiji and spend time with the people who were close to her.

Q And do you remember who went on that trip with you and Pam?

A A number of people went on the trip. The first trip was much more people, but, yeah, this was a smaller group.

He shows another picture

Q Who else is that in the picture with you?

A From left to right, Daniella Padilla, Nicki Clyne, Marianna, and Omar Boone [in Fiji]

Other pictures showed Lauren, Keith, Marianna, their son, Nicki Clyne and Norma [a teacher in Rainbow and Keith’s son’s Rainbow nanny – she spoke Arabic] in Chacala Mexico taken shortly before Raniere was arrested in March 2018.

In other pictures, Lauren identifies herself with, among others,  Michelle Hatchette, Loretta Garza, Diane Goodman, Danielle Roberts, Gabby Baker, Pam Cafritz,  Daniella Padilla, Nancy Salzman, Kerstin Ohlander and Norma

Rainbow Explained By Lauren

Agnifilo asks about Norma.

Q Was she a teacher of Arabic in Rainbow?

A Yes, she was.

Q Do you know if Keith’s son was learning Arabic?

A I believe so.

Q And Rainbow Cultural Gardens … was sort of a language and cultural immersion program for children.

A Yes.

Q And lots of different languages were taught in Rainbow, correct?

A Yes.

Q And the idea was that kids would be exposed to different languages at a very early age.

A Yes.

Q And how did Rainbow sort of interface with the mission of NXIVM, generally?

A That the idea was that the children would have very early experiences and, thus, experiential reference points to people …  of different cultures and experiences of the cultures themselves through the people [nannies] and, thus, when they became older they would be — I think Keith called them… “citizens of the world.” They would have a deep, experiential reference point from early childhood of many different cultures and feel a part of them personally and a love for each of them.


Stay tuned for Part 3 

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  • Q And Dani was “BoBo”?

    A Yes.

    Gina and the others used to call Pam Caffritz “bobohead” bc she always seemed so disoriented.

  • I wonder if we’ll see Allison Mack squeezing out the tears in court this week, or if she’ll be too busy going to church, attending college, or working.

    Those are things that she’s allowed to do under her bail conditions.

    Maybe she’ll call Nickvi as well, whilst she’s out.

    “Nickvi, don’t forget to destroy the blah blah blah and hide the you-know-what.”

    “I already did that, don’t worry”

    “Hail Vanguard.”

    “Hail Vanguard.”

    • I agree, I don’t feel like Allison, Lauren, Nancy, Sara, or Kathy would hesitate to turn back time and do it all over again. Maybe I’m wrong, maybe they’ve woken up, but you can tell by the way they talk about aspects of their story.

      • If you look at recent photos of Mack, she looks heavily dissociated, almost in a trance. I don’t think that any of them believe that they or Vanguard have done anything wrong. Vanguard told them to expect exactly what is happening now. They will see it as a prophecy fulfilled. For them, Vanguard is still the most intelligent and ethical man in the world. NXIVM will go underground and wait for the inner circle to return. And they will.

  • I’d like to make the case for Keith being innocent since even Satan needs an advocate.

    Frank is so biased against Keith that I don’t think he’s capable of seeing the other side.

    But WHAT IF Keith is innocent of the charges?

    What if the jury sees things like this:

    1) Keith encouraged his girlfriends to maintain a garlic free, thickly coiffed twat.

    A little weird perhaps, but is that a crime?

    2) Keith enjoyed partaking in poontang with multiple women and eating pussy.

    If that’s a crime then we’re going back to the dark ages.

    3) Keith may have lied about being a judo champion and breaking the 100 yard dash record.

    Where’s the fucken crime in that?

    4) Keith may have lied about his intellect in order to gain consent towards fornication.

    Is that any different from a guy who pretends to be rich and successful in order to score some poontang from the local bar?

    5) What about the issue of consent?

    It sure sounds like each woman stripped for Keith and spread like cream cheese voluntarily, of their own volition. Keith never tore off their clothes. Keith seemed to always ask for their consent before ravaging their twats with his tongue. The fact that they regretted it afterwards does not remove the original consent.

    6) Keith may have assisted poverty stricken women from Mexico into gaining employment within the United States of America.

    He may have fibbed a little on their VISA applications, but is that any worse than sanctuary states supporting millions of illegals who enter the country with NO application? Keith merely had the desire to help diversify Clifton Park with immigrants.

    7) Keith may have lied when not telling women that their ‘branding’ would contain his initials.

    How can the presence or absence of his initials be a crime?

    It’s possible that Keith is innocent.

  • Can you imagine what the conversation around the Salzman 2022 holiday table is going to be? I don’t mean to be insensitive but how does a family move on from this? Maybe one day Lauren, Michelle, Ben and Nancy will all sit around their Thanksgiving table and Lauren will exclaim –

    “Ma remember that one time when we lost our shit and committed all kinds of crimes just cuz a pudgy short dude that clearly had some abandonment issues told us to? Remember THAT??!! What a hoot!”

    Family therapy for life. And Lauren is by far the worst off. Her Mom failed her daughter in a particularly spectacular way.

  • I can’t quite decide who is still the most damaged – Lauren or Dani. Dani overcame her situation and is on the other side. Lauren not so much. 20 years is a long time. Much longer than anyone else.

    • Dani as an estranged family with the exception of her brother.

      She has two sisters in love with a sexual predator. One sister was her best friend.

      How do you think Dani feels about that fact?

  • I’m feeling a bit pessimistic about the outcome of this trial. I have a feeling that we’re just watching a toned-down version of what the trial should have been. Too much focussing on the ‘sex cult’ angle has diverted attention away from the real issues, which are blackmail, the illegal imprisonment of Dani, and the rape of at least one child. I really don’t care who had sex with Raniere, unless it was coerced by the use of blackmail. I don’t care how much Lauren cried. Crying is easy. The judge threw a boomerang, and its already on its way back to him. So lets see what this watered-down semblance of a trial turns up today… I expect it just to fizzle out over the coming days, pending sentencing at a later date. I hope I’m wrong…

    • Completely agree. In fact, I was thinking I’d go back and look at what the criminal counts are and what the elements are for each crime. The trial has brought out all kinds of salacious details. But the jury isn’t going to vote on on whether Raniere is a freak/narcissist/sociopath/etc. The jury will decide whether actual federal crime(s) have been committed.

      I worry that people are optimistic about a guilty verdict based on how appalling some of the testimony has been. But at the end of the day, the prosecution is going to have to tick off each element of each crime.

      • Even the sex trafficking issue is looking increasingly iffy.

        Two New York State Legislators, both women from Brooklyn and Queens, have introduced a bill to legalize prostitution in New York state.

        Sex Work Would Be Broadly Legal in New York Under New Bill Introduced Monday
        The bill removes penalties for buying and selling sex in many cases
        Published Jun 10, 2019 at 11:12 AM | Updated at 2:58 PM EDT on Jun 10, 2019

        “For us, this is a bodily autonomy issue — our bodies, our choice — but more than that, it’s an economic issue. And it’s personal,” Jessica Raven, one of Decrim NY’s organizers, wrote in a Daily News op-ed Monday.

        Two of the bill’s sponsors, state senators Jessica Ramos and Julia Salazar, have said that 9 out of 10 people arrested in sex-work-related massage parlor raids are immigrants, with most being undocumented Asians.

        Here is a pdf copy of the bill.

        • NYS is broke {good job cuomo} england did this too to increase their per capita since their economy was so tanked……its all about the money {and hey nys has been slave to the queen forever}

          legalizing prostitution still will never decriminalize CHILD RAPE TRAFFICKING

          which i know given their really stringent stance on abortion they will most likely drop the age of consent to 5 years old spearheaded by RBG who now realizes 12 is way too old fashion {these transgender liars really make me sick}

          NYS is morally corrupt and now wants to pimp out ALL ITS CITIZENS cuomo is quite the JOB CREATOR and yes there will be TAXES collected for services RENDERED

    • I think the blackmail issue is being covered, Dani’s imprisonment was covered, and Raniere is not charged with child rape. The RICO case is strong, five codefendants have already plead guilty to a variety of crimes and Raniere is obviously the head of the racket. Right now, the witnesses are telling their testimony and the DOJ is presenting other evidence, at the end the DOJ will make their closing argument that will confirm their opening statement, citing all of the evidence presented. I think there’s a lot more that is not being reported, even by Frank. The other media outlets are covering mostly the salacious stuff to get eyeballs. You really have to be in the courtroom to have a legitimate opinion. I’m not concerned. When the entire courtroom laughs at the defendant, it’s not a good sign.

      • Scott is exactly right. There is no way to accurately gauge the trial without being there or at the very least having the whole transcript.


        It must have been quite the Herculean task to meticulously parse the trial transcript into something readily digestible.

        You, Krclaviger, and Mrs. Lipson have my thanks as well as the other readers, I am sure.

    • “I really don’t care who had sex with Raniere, unless it was coerced by the use of blackmail. I don’t care how much Lauren cried. Crying is easy. The judge threw a boomerang, and its already on its way back to him. ”

      It’s very easy to be outraged by Raniere’s outrageous behavior.
      Sadly most of Raniere’s partners were consenting adults.
      Wild horses could not have kept many of these NXIVM women away from Raniere’s “magic wand.”

      So the prosecutors must concentrate on the acts where Raniere used coercion or blackmail to obtain sexual partners.
      And it’s easy to cry when one’s chronic foolish, asinine behavior can land one in prison.

  • Q And what was your mother’s position?

    A Everyone’s position within NXIVM who was loyal to Keith … had the same perspectives. And if they didn’t, they wouldn’t have been viewed as supporting the initiatives or the mission of NXIVM….

    🦋 🤣. Once again, where is the “N” word? N as in Nancy Salzman, of course. BC, while Lauren’s mommy dearest allegedly had no influence on her daughter over KAR, she had an extreme influence on many, many other slaves including the Bronfman’s. Lyin’ Lauren strikes out again. Who’s idea was it to make Lauren’s brand larger than the others, again?

    Yeah, nice try, now back to the writer’s circle for another script revision. MIC-KEY-MOUSE!

  • Lauren – I’m sorry you got sucked into the last 20 years of this. Hang in there. There are people rooting for you. You can recover and come out of this as a better person.

    • Nutjob,

      Not as sorry as her mother Nancy Salzman should be.

      I did feel bad for her when she was forced to admit that she suffers from dyslexia,
      and could not compute her own age in a courtroom filled with people. She must have felt completely humiliated.

      I am glad Frank Parlato chose to share that part of the transcript.

      It must have been incredible traumatic.

      I still feel that she should serve some jail time.

      • This woman had no compassion for others. She needs to serve time in prison. If none had been arrested, they would continue the abuse.
        Lauren is a very manipulative person.
        Now it is time to pay for her behavior.

    • it would have been nice that Lauren as a 35 year old adult would have had the same empathy for Daniela.

      If she saw 2 women before her be tricked by Keith why didn’t she leave. She is dumb and slow. Who can’t do simple math to know how old they were in 2012?

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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.” In addition, he was credited in the Starz docuseries 'Seduced' for saving 'slave' women from being branded and escaping the sex-slave cult known as DOS.

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 premieres on May 22, 2022.

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