Sylvie Explains What Nxivm Course Was Really Like – Rare Glimpse Into the World of Nxivm Cult

As we await the sentencing of Keith Alan Raniere and Clare Webb Bronfman, it might be a fine idea to review some of the testimony during the trial of Raniere.

The first witness was Sylvie.

She was examined by AUSA Moira Penza – and her testimony began on the first day of trial shortly after opening arguments.

This is the first part of our series and in this excerpt, we get a very interesting insight into how the Nxivm intensives were conducted.

Frank Report, in conformity with the ruling of the court, is not naming Sylvie’s last name.

Moira Kim Penza

Q   Good morning, Sylvie.

A   Good morning.

Q   Have you heard of an organization named NXIVM?

A   Yes.

Q   Were you part of that organization?

A   Yes.

Q   For approximately for how long were you part of that organization?

A   Around 13 years….

Q   From what age to what age?

A   18 up to 31.

Q   And where was that organization headquartered?

A   Clifton Park, New York….

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Q   And as part of the NXIVM organization, did you receive a certain rank in the organization?

A   Yes, I made it to Coach, Three Stripe Coach.

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Q   …. Where did you grow up?

A   Near a village in England near Bristol.

Q   And can you describe your childhood a little bit?

A   Yes. I’m the youngest of four children. I normally describe it as a bit of an enchanted childhood. We had horses growing up. I was very involved in pony club and competing my horses. My family traveled with us a lot. We were a close family and a big family and we had a lot of fun, basically.

Q   And I think you just said at some point did you begin competing in horse shows?

A   Yes. And, yeah, I’d say I was riding horses from before I can remember. But competing probably from three, four, around that age.

Q   And, at some point, did you develop the desire to make that more of a long-term commitment?

A   Yes, definitely. I … was trying to become the best rider in the world. That was my idea in my head.

Q   … When you were younger, how were doing competitively in these horse shows?

A   I was sort of working my way up the ranks of ponies which is you ride up until you’re 16. And I had two national final wins in ponies. And then I was sort of, yeah, moving up the levels with an aim to become professional.

Q   How far did you go in school?

A   I left school at 16, so I didn’t finish….

Q   And why did you quit school at 16?

A   So that I could show jump. I wanted to focus completely on riding.

Q     And was that decision unusual in terms of what your other family members did?

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A  …  Everyone else in my family went to university. … And I’m from a family of people who have been very successful in business and different small professional pursuits, we say, in that way so it stood out a lot that I didn’t finish school.

Q   … after quitting school, what did you do next?

A   I left home and … based myself with two British riders about two and a half or three hours away from my family home.

Q   What was that like?

A   I was sort of an apprentice; and so, they were teaching me, … I groomed for them … I was also taught how to back and break in young horses. I was getting the chance to have some training riding. So, really, showing me the ropes of what it means to be a professional show jumper.

Q   At some point did something happen?

A   Yeah, at a horse show in Oslo or Helsinki, I can’t really remember. …. I met Clare Bronfman…

Q   Have you ever heard of Clare Bronfman at that point?

A   Vaguely because she had a couple of big wins at the top level…..

Q   What did you know about Clare Bronfman at that time?

A   Not a lot. I know that there had been some rumors and things, like, people had some things about her being a bit weird, or that someone called her, like, a tree hugger or something like that but I didn’t know her … I thought she was a very talented rider and she was very calm in the way that she rode. So apart from that, I didn’t know anything about her.

Q   Did you know anything about her finances?

A   … not really. But, I mean, like you could tell she was wealthy because she didn’t have any owners, she owned her own horses.

Q   Was that something that was unusual?

A   Yeah. So, for instance, the people I worked for were really employees of an owner that owned all of their horses. They owned some of their own horses, but the top-level horses would be millions of dollars, let’s say, or a lot of money and it’s very expensive to compete at that level. So it was unusual even for a professional rider to own any and definitely not all of their horses.

Q   At some point, did you have an accident when you were working with the other family?

A   Yeah, … the Davenports, the people I worked for in the UK… And I had an accident that really knocked my confidence on that horse. I lost a front tooth and it was quite a bad accident and it really spooked me.

Q   At some point did you stop working for them?

A   I did. …. I basically went home with my horse to just compete at a lower level. And so, trying to figure out what to do next.

Q   At that point, did you learn of a new job opportunity?

A   Yeah, a friend of mine who had worked for the Davenports was working for Clare Bronfman and she was about to leave and so she asked me whether I’d be interested in taking her position.

Q   Did you know where that position would be?

A   Yeah in America.

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Q   Before you left, did you do any more research on Clare Bronfman?

A   I didn’t personally, but my dad had printed out some stuff about NXIVM and he showed it to me.

Q   And did you have any concerns at that time?

A   Not really. Like, he said to me, it looks like she’s in a cult. And he showed me some stuff from the website. But I don’t even really remember reading it properly. And, to be honest, I was excited at the opportunity that I might be able to get back on track to do the career as a show jumper…   I thought this was my chance to get back on my feet.

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Q   And so, did you end up traveling to the United States?

A   I did, yeah.

Q   And when was that?

A   That was I think it was, like, October 2005.

Q   How old were you then?

A   18.

Q   What was your legal status?

A   I came on the Tourist Visa Waiver Program.

Q   Did you expect to be paid for your work with Clare?

A   I did, yeah.

Q   And did you have an understanding of whether that was okay?

A   I think, I mean, I think in retrospect, I did think it was wrong and I don’t think that I really put enough thought into the gravity of the fact that that was not legal. But, yeah, I did know that I was on a tourist visa and I was being paid.

Q   How did you rationalize that?

A   I think I thought, well, I mean, I was 18 and not that that justified it at all. But I think the way that things worked a lot in horses anyway is people got paid cash and it was all quite casual…..

Q   Where were you living when you arrived?

A   Duanesburg which is, I guess, it’s in the Albany area. I’m not sure what county that is. But it’s the farm where Clare had her horses was called Duanesburg.

Q   Can you describe what your life was like when you arrived?

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A  ….  I think something that totally stood out is we didn’t have the same routine….  it seemed like the rider — Clare — wasn’t there as much as the Davenports…..  So it was much more down to me and the girls, like, a lot of the time and Clare wasn’t really there.

And when I very first got there, the girls were very different, like, they were very focused on, for instance, like food and their weight and their bodies and I had never been around that in the show jumping world… Most of us ate burgers and chips because that’s horse show food, that’s what’s around. There wasn’t a focus on health and image and all of these kind of things.

And, yeah, I think I remember on my first day there, they took me to lunch but they didn’t eat anything and only I got like a slice of pizza or something. And they were kind of like obsessively talking about calories and things…

Q   Were the girls that you were living with taking any NXIVM curriculum?

A   Yes, both of them were. And Catherine, my friend, told me she had taken one….

Q   And what did they tell you?

A   Well, Catherine gave me the impression she didn’t like it. But she said she wasn’t supposed to tell me anything about it or something. And she was just kind of like you should make up your own mind about that. But the other two girls were quite…enthusiastic about it and telling me about how much it could help me get through my “limitations”….

Q   During the time you were there during … the tourist visa, did you interact with Clare Bronfman?

A   Yes.

Q   And what was the level of interaction?

A   Well, in the beginning not so much. … She was just my boss. And then…  I interacted with her a lot more after taking ESP…

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Q So did you take any steps to increase your relationship with Clare?

A   Yes, I did. … first of all, the girl that worked for her was telling me a lot about ESP and suggesting I take the five-day training and I think it was coming up quite soon after that. And so, she arranged for me to talk to Clare about it. That’s the first time I’d say I probably sat down and really talked to Clare.

Q   You used the term “ESP,” what is that?

A   That’s Executive Success Programs. And I guess that’s part of NXIVM ….

Q  And you mentioned a five-day. Can you just give us a brief explanation of what you meant by that?

A   Yes. They call that, like, a Level 1 Intensive. It’s actually 16 days long, but they break it down into a five-day and an 11-day, or just you could do the whole 16 days in one go.  And I think it’s sort of described as, like, the pillars of Keith Raniere’s teachings. And, yeah, the five days is sort of the first part of it.

Q   At some point, did you have a discussion with Clare Bronfman about taking the five-day program?

A   Yes.

Q   And can you describe that meeting?

A   Yeah. She asked me why I wanted to take it, … and I said, ‘well, I’ve heard, like, it can help me get through all my limitations’ or something like that. I basically told her, like, what the girls had said to me about why they thought it would help me. And she …. encouraged me that, yes, it could help me with those things. And I think that she told me that she would pay for it because I don’t remember paying for it at all myself.

Q   Do you remember, approximately, how much the five-day would have cost them?

A   I don’t know exactly, but I think it was around three and a half grand…..

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Q   And so, did you end up taking the five-day?

A   I did, yeah.

Q   And where was that held?

A   At the Albany Center….

Q   Do you remember the street that that’s on?

A   I think it’s 455 New Karner Road.

Q   And so, can you describe your impressions of the five-day?

A   Yeah. I mean, on the first day I … was pretty freaked out… For one, there was a lot of people at the center. It was quite overwhelming for me. The day started off with lots of questionnaires that were like personal questionnaires, and I feel like some of them asked…. ‘What’s the worst thing that ever happened,’ or ‘worst thing you’ve ever done’ or something like that. They were, like, questions that were pretty intense and I had … never taken any kind of personal growth courses. I didn’t know what personal growth was. It was a lot even at the start.

… then you went into the classroom and there were people standing up meeting to introducing themselves and why they were there and that was all very scary for me.  And we went into the first class that had a lot of things in it that really threw me called “Rules and Rituals.” So I’d say to some extent I found it very scary and weird on that very first day.

Q   Have you ever, as part of NXIVM, have you ever had to sign a nondisclosure agreement?

A   Yes, many.

Q   Did you have to sign one for the first five-day intensive?

A   Yeah, I’m sure I would have done.

Q   And can you explain the concept of a nondisclosure agreement?

A   I think it’s like anything that you learned there you can’t tell people about and that you can’t recreate the materials. And it’s, like, basically I took it as, like, a confidentiality agreement. So anything that happens here is kind of confidential.

Q  …. What were your observations about how people were interacting with each other?

A   Well, people seemed, like, extremely kind of happy and affectionate with each other. So there was sort of people kissing, you know, kissing on the lips. They were very — I would call it “over the top,” I think, at the time because it was very unusual for me. But I thought maybe it was a bit of an American thing because in England people are much more reserved and my family, we’re not super touchy in that way. So it was pretty overwhelming for me.

Q   Did you know anyone else in that five-day course?

A   No. ….

Q   How did your age compare to the age of the other people who were taking the courses?

A   I would say it was I was the youngest in the room….. the rest of the people were much older.

Q   What else did you note about the room where you were actually taking the intensive?

A   There were lots of sashes on the wall in there. …. it was quite a big room and there’s like, a big chair or two big chairs at the front of the room that were much higher than everybody else.

Q   Who sits in the big chairs?

A   The head trainers.

Q   What was the daily schedule for the five-day intensive?

A   It was long. Like, we needed to be there early in the morning. I think we had to be there around 7:00 or 7:15 and that way you would have breakfast and start probably somewhere around 8:00. And you’d always start with a thing that they taught us on the first day that was called “The Mission Statement.” So you go through, like, a whole ritual when you started. Then the days could run from 9:00 or later at night and we’d get an hour for lunch and a half an hour for supper or dinner…. they were long days.

Q   Were there any pictures in the room?

A   Yeah, in the center, there were pictures of Keith Raniere and Nancy Salzman…..

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Q   … How was [Nancy Salzman] referred to in the NXIVM class?

A   Nancy Salzman was referred to as “Prefect” and Keith Raniere was referred to as “Vanguard.”

Q   …. Were you told what those names meant?

A   Yes. Well, actually, I can’t remember what I was told Prefect was…. I just know what I understood a Prefect to be is like an educational leader. But Vanguard was described as leader of a philosophical movement.

Q   And would the students and the trainers actually refer to him as “Vanguard”?

A   Yes…. you were required to call him “Vanguard” and  call Nancy “Prefect.”

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Q   Can you just describe, generally, what Rules and Rituals is?

A   So that would be where you’re kind of introducing the idea of the rules and rituals… to the students. And so you would get them to come up with other places that they might imagine people using rules and rituals or wearing uniforms or addressing people with titles. So that you’d kind of, like, encourage them to be, like, where else might you have … seen somebody, you know, get addressed with a title, or what other professions do you know where people wear a uniform?  So you’re kind of, like, normalizing the idea of people being addressed with a title…

Q  …. So you mentioned … you eventually became a coach?

A   Correct.

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Q   … Would you take people through the curriculum eventually?

A   I would, yes.

Q   Did you have an understanding from your time as a coach later on why it was important to normalize these things?

A   Yeah, because I think they were, well, from my perspective they were quite weird. And so, I think you needed to set it up for people to think, ‘well, I’ve seen this in other ways in life where it is quite normal,’ so it helped them feel more comfortable with what is going on.

Q   And in your time as a coach, did you ever observe other students taking the course…  express …. those same feelings that you had?

A   Yes, definitely. I coached for a long time… I saw all kinds of reactions to it for sure. I think it helped people feel more comfortable by asking them those questions because if you say, ‘well, you know, you’d call a police officer whatever you call a police officer’…  but there were definitely people that were probably more uncomfortable with things like the Mission Statement and the clapping and stuff like that than they were [with] the titles…..

Q   …Would you read Number 2 for us from the Rules and Rituals?….

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A   “In business there are certain requisite skills for success. Each of the requirements for promotion is a way of developing skill sets and giving tribute to the mission. ESP grants rank and promotion for making contributions to the mission of the organization and for meeting certain personal growth requirements; these criteria are ESP’s way of measuring individual progress. Promotion is not a requirement of the program; however, with rank comes certain privileges. When rank is awarded, Coaches and Proctors become eligible for additional programs, special information, facilitation training, and business opportunities.”

Q   Were you familiar with that principle?

A   Yes. …. there was a lot of encouragement to get to Proctor because it seemed like if you became a Proctor … there was a lot more opportunity. And I think people would say, ‘Once you’ve become Proctor you could have a business or work directly with Vanguard’….. And so, you were really encouraged to move at least up the Stripe Path to the Proctor rank.

Q  Can you read Number 9?

A   …. “The exercise,” so this is what the coaches were going to be asking people to do, is to think of three situations where groups begin a meeting or a session by reciting a statement.

Q   … what was… the purpose of having participants do that exercise?

A   I guess so that they weren’t weirded out by the Mission Statement. At least they could say, ‘oh, yeah, this is something that is used somewhere else as well, it’s not just here.’

Q   And then can you read the explanation of the recitation of the Mission Statement?

A   Yes. It says, ‘The 12-point Mission Statement is a cornerstone of ESP’s program. As such, it is recited before the start of each session. As a participant’s understanding and integration evolves, the repetition of this statement brings even deeper meaning to the purpose of ESP. Upon completion of the Mission Statement, all recite, ‘Thank you, Vanguard,’ as a tribute to its author.”

Q   And so, how would that actually work, the Mission Statement?

A   So the entire room would recite it together…. you’d get round in a circle and put your arms around each other and we had to say to each other, “We are committed to our success.”

Q   And would people say, “Thank you, Vanguard,” after the Mission Statement?

A   There was a clapping thing that happened…  before or after the Mission Statement. But, like, the Proctor would clap, and then the coach would clap, and everyone else had to clap with the coach. And then you’d say, “Thank you, Vanguard; thank you, Prefect; thank you, Proctors.”

Q   Moving on to Number 11, “Confidentiality and Materials.” It says, “We ask all participants to sign confidentiality agreements” and then it goes on.  Is this the concept you were talking about earlier regarding nondisclosure agreements?

A   Yes.

Q   And was that something that was considered very important?

A   Yeah, we had a lot of signing. In all the intensives, you signed a lot of confidentiality, different papers, and I started to not really pay attention to what I was signing… But we were signing papers a lot… every week because it would be nondisclosure. And also like the one to do with people being able to use your image and video and stuff like that. So we always had a lot of papers to sign.

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Q  … Can you read Number 18?

A   Okay. This is where it was talking about the circle. So this is the huddle and commitment to success. It says, ‘At the beginning of each session, the group forms a circle and in union says, “We are committed to our success. The purpose of this is to create an interaction on a closer than normal level, more like a team. It’s an informal and what some people might call a warm/fuzzy interaction. By having this type of direct, imperfect, close face-to-face, eye-to-eye interaction we believe people will see each other not as objects but rather as people.”

Q   And then the next three bullets discuss handshakes. Can you just describe the handshake process in NXIVM?

A   Yes. So you would … shake hands in a specific way…. the lower-ranked person had their hands kind of lower, I guess, in the pile of hands…..  So the higher ranked person would always have their hand on top of the lower-ranked person.

Q   And if we move down to Number 21. Was this what you were describing before at the end of the session, the highest-ranking participant under Proctor says to Vanguard, is that something?

A   Oh, yeah, this is the part where you would do the bowing and saying the thank yous.

Q   So how does it actually work?

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A   … So we would do the clap. And then everybody clapped. And then the, “Thank you, Vanguard; Thank you, Prefect.”…

THE COURT: And when you did this, was Vanguard in the room, or?

THE WITNESS: Rarely.

THE COURT: So you thanked him in absentia most of the time?

THE WITNESS: Yes. The vast majority of the time.

THE COURT: All right. Go ahead.

EXAMINATION BY MS. PENZA: (Continuing.)

Q   Turning to the next slide. It says, “Scripting.” Is scripting a concept you’re familiar with?

A   Yes.

Q   Can you describe what it is?

A   It was my understanding is it’s like a way to come up with a kind of script of how you would try and sell someone something.

Q   And was this actually taught on the first day of the intensive?

A   This is in that first class, I think, in Rules and Rituals.

Q   So could you read the scripting that is in the Rules and Rituals?

A   Yes. So it says, “The first part is you come up with a statement of truth. This tells the person why you’re calling and what you want. Always be honest. Pretending a false intention is deceitful and can lead people to distrust you. If you’re calling about a business issue, don’t act like it’s a social call. Example: John, I know I haven’t spoken to you in five years, but the reason I’m calling is…

“Then there is the statement of need. So you tell the person honestly what you need from them. Example: I just got involved with this great company called Executive Success Programs and I want to tell you about it. I think it’s the greatest thing I’ve done for myself in years, and I thought of you.

“Then you do the take away and this removes pressure. So when you push someone, their natural response is to resist. As soon as you take something away from someone, they somehow feel a little rejected and they want it back. For example, ‘I don’t even know if this is something you’d be interested in, but if I could have 15 minutes of your time we could get together and see if it’s a fit, if we have a fit. And then you book the appointment.’

Q   And so what is the context of this?

A   This is in that first class, and I think it’s used as an example of how you should enroll people in ESP.

Q   And so can you just describe the concept of enrolling people into ESP and the importance of that?

A   Well, yeah. It was encouraged a lot and … it’s … one of the main parts of how you would move up the ranks in ESP. So as a student…  you had to do certain things in order to be promoted as a coach.

And then, as a coach, promoted as a proctor and so on. And so, a big part of that was “Growing Your Organization.” So that’s like enrolling people into the program for them to become students and for them to become coaches and that kind of thing.

Q   And now, I’m showing you …. the Mission Statement…   Can you read the first callout from the Mission Statement?

A   It says, “There are no ultimate victims; therefore, I will not choose to be a victim.”

Q   And can you explain what that concept was?

A   I feel like this was something that was taught a lot; that there’s really no such thing as victims, and anything that happens to you is created by you. So this was something I must have recited hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of times because it’s the second sentence of the Mission Statement. But it was also interwoven into different classes in different ways.

Q   And then can you read the second callout, please?

A   This says, “People control the money, wealth, and resources of the world. It is essential for the survival of humankind for these things to be controlled by successful, ethical people. I pledge to ethically control as much as the much wealth and resources in the word as possible within my success plan. I will always support the ethical control of these things.”

Q   Was that something you understood as part of the NXIVM model?

A   Yes.

Q   Okay. Going back to when you took the first five-day intensive. How did you feel about the Rules and Rituals?

A   Like I say, I got very spooked. I think just it was so far outside anything I’ve ever experienced before. And also, I’m not from a background where there’s any kind of idolization of any one individual. And, yeah, so it was definitely not just a normal person, let’s say. So it was unusual.

Q Was there one individual who you felt was being idolized?

A Yeah, Vanguard. Like, to address someone as “Vanguard” and it … seems like people were very enthusiastic about Vanguard, like, that was unnerving for me. And yeah, I got a massive headache on that first day and I actually threw up later during that first day. So I was just, in general, I felt I was not doing well.

Q  Did you end up continuing the five-day curriculum?

A   Yeah, I did. I found those first few days really hard and I wasn’t really answering the questions in this group because you do breakout groups. The structure is the… head trainer — or there’s, like, a video of Nancy telling you what the questions are. Then the head trainer repeats the questions and you’d break up into smaller groups. And you’d have to answer the questions. And I found that really hard and I wasn’t doing — I just didn’t want to answer the questions, I really didn’t understand how to answer them and so all of it was very foreign.

Q   Did something happen that shifted your experience a little bit?

A   Yeah. So on the evening, I think, it’s of the third day they teach a class called, “The Fall.”

Q   Can you explain what the Fall Module — I’m sorry, do you ever refer to them as modules?

A   Yeah, that’s what the classes were. They’re not called “classes,” they’re called “modules.”

Q   Can you describe the Fall Module for us?

A   Yes. The Fall Module is where they introduce this idea of suppressives. And these are people that we’re taught that get joy from destroying things. And kind of the set up of this module was based — it started off with sort of asking questions what a person with low self-esteem is like.

So this was the first time I felt like I could answer the questions just because they seemed more straightforward. And also, just I could relate to that, honestly, like, well, they’re not very healthy, they’re depressed. These were things I could answer, so I started to get into it a little bit more.

Q   And can you describe a little bit more about what the story is within the Fall Module?

A   Yes. When they’re doing what I guess what you’d call the debrief…  the… metaphor they used to explain the Fall [is] a Bible story…. about Lucifer and falling from grace….  The story of Lucifer becoming the devil.

Q   Was there an example about anyone who had actually come into the NXIVM organization?

A   Yeah, they all talked about how one of the stories … related specifically in human life was about how someone had come into the organization and befriended Keith, or made out like they were going to be friends with Keith or something like that, and then had tried to tear down the organization from the inside out is the way they described it.

Q   Who taught that module?

A   That night, it was pretty unusual because Nancy [Salzman] came in to teach it …. and so the room was completely packed because the whole organization, for some reason, or everyone that wanted to come in … was allowed to attend, so there was a lot of people in the room that night.

Q   So what happened while you were taking the fall module?

A   Well, I was, like, more enthusiastically answering the questions than anyone else because I didn’t know the punch line, and I thought — I was actually starting to feel like, “Oh, wow, I can, like, be part — I can understand how to answer these things and I know this,’ but then when I heard the punch line about being suppressives, I started to get scared, like, ‘Oh, my god, maybe I’m a suppressive because this is the only thing that I can understand,’ so I felt very motivated to, basically, like, listen in the classes and try and do better because I was worried that I was a bad person.

Q   Was there talk of certain people actually being suppressives?

A   Well, there was this story of the person that came into the organization and that they were suppressive and so I felt like anyone could be a suppressive and that you might not even know if you were one….

Q   During the rest of your time in NXIVM, was that a continuing thought?

A   Definitely, and people — it tended to be geared towards people that left the organization and had a problem with the organization, they were the people that would be labeled…. suppressives….

Q   And is that something that you were concerned about being labeled?

A   Yeah, I just thought people that didn’t like Keith would be labeled a suppressive or that didn’t like the program or thought that ESP was bad were suppressive people.

Q   Did you ever hear any other types of words like that used to label people?

A   Well, I mean, way later there was talk about psychopaths, but that was much later on.

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This is a pretty good account, I think, of someone unfamiliar with Nxivm, getting introduced to it rather raw. Sylvie’s reactions are not unlike many other people’s reactions.

I think this is one of the best explanations of the beginning of the slow boil of Nxivm.

In Part 2 and succeeding parts, Sylvie will tell more of her experiences and of how she got recruited into DOS.


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  • “As we await the sentencing of Keith Alan Raniere and Clare Webb Bronfman”

    Wait! What about the other 3 Waiting sentencing? Why is Clare going to be sentenced but not the other 3? Besides, should Clare even go into prison? I mean shouldn’t she remain in house arrest until Federal Prisons are safer…..from the virus? At least somewhat safer?

  • Brave NXIVM cultist Kristin Kreuk, who refused to do say anything about branded sex slaves in her cult she was a part of for a decade, is back on the virtue signalling train, this time, doing a virtual video chat in exchange for donations for a charity. Would of thought wanting to use her fame to draw attention to sex slaves with brands of her cult leader over their vaginas with a woman she recruited would be something to speak about, especially as one of them was supposed to be a friend who asked her for help. Sad.

    https://link.omaze.com/view/5d9f8c79fc942d3c8c3ea894byplk.0/4666daa3

    In other news, has Mark Hildreth saved any women’s lives yet from domestic violence with his hypocritical online crusade?

    https://frankreport.com/2020/04/13/brave-mark-hildreth-offers-help-to-women-who-are-abused/

      • Kreuk was part of NXIVM for at least ten years, lied about it, used her fame to legitimize the NXIVM cult and was asked to help when all the sex slavery and branding happened, but hid as her fame privileges were more important. If there is potential sacrifice or effort, silence. This narcissistic event where she sees herself as a ‘prize’ requires zero effort or sacrifice on her part. Therefore, any kind of charitable event she attaches herself to from now on, especially where her fame comes into it, is an embarrassment. There are tons of celebrities using the Kung Flu and charity to get some easy free PR. And that “Imagine” cover in their mortgage-free mansions, cringe…

      • Anon is correct. And what is your evidence of her not aiding “a friend who asked her for help”?
        Kreuk has lots to answer for, but your sloppy bashing may actually increase sympathy for her.

        • Frank Parlato (founder of this website) said so a while back.

          Was it Sarah Edmondson & Catherine Oxenberg, Frank?

          Even if she was not asked, she still shriveled away like she had nothing to do with the cult, doing nothing for a friend in need, but is happy to do ‘charity’ unrelated to her online. A simple retweet or two about the cult online would of been something. Speaking off record to journalists to get them to write stories would of been better. Some effort.

          • What friend asked Kreuk for help?

            Why do you think she knew anything about DOS before it hit the news?

        • […may actually increase sympathy for her.]

          Her looks do that just fine for her. Pretty women get away with all kinds of things that normal looking people could never get away with.

          • Only weak males put pussy on the pedestal like that. Women don’t wake up looking bangable. First thing in the morning, they are a mess. Yellows are not attractive. They also have small tits and no butt. Too many East Asian chicks in Korea and China pay big bucks to get eyelid surgery and nose jobs to look more western. Blacks and south East Asians bleach their skin to look white. Males underestimate just how low many women’s self esteem is. And Kreuk, compared to that blonde chick with the weird last name from that superman show is subpar. The other chick who played Lois Lane is also more bangable. At least, she was before she got old. Fake tits too. Women can do wrong too. They also fart and shit.

          • Relax. I just stated a reality of human behavior backed by social statistics that applies to both sexes, though females benefit much more than males. You don’t need to go off on me with some anti-woman, racial rant.

        • Frank Parlato was told by at least two proctors. He gave names. Edmondson and Oxenberg. Since at least May-June 2017, Kreuk knew about DOS. Don’t be stupid.

          • Probably did…because Frank’s “initial story, published on June 5, 2017, entitled Part 1: Branded Slaves and Master Raniere; Sources: Human branding part of Raniere-inspired women’s group. led to a massive fallout for Nxivm and a number of slaves leaving DOS.”

          • Are you saying Edmondson and Oxenberg are “proctors”—or that they are the friends who asked Kreuk for help?

    • If I got 5 dollars for every time on here Kristin Kreuk is skewered for not choosing to be the spokesperson against Keith Raniere and NXIVM I would be able to buy a couple of 4 wheelers.

      Let’s see, Kristin is suppose to tell her talent agent and the producers of her Canadian TV show that she is now going to be the social media poster child for a defunct sex cult.

      Never mind the fact that she had nothing to do with DOS, nothing to do with branding, nothing to do with slavery —
      wait, she actually left NXIVM before all that came about! And there has never been proof she was unfaithful to her boyfriend Mark Hildreth by having 3-somes with Keith Vanguard Raniere.

      So apparently, Kristin is remiss for not reminding everyone that she was associated with a cult run by a misogynistic psychopath.

      Only because she is on TV she needs to “ring the bell” that she was a leader or coach in a cult.
      A sex cult.

      If she did that, even though she left that cult like a bat out of hell before DOS started enslaving woman, she would still be stuck with this moniker:

      Kristin Kreuk the DOS slave master who groomed young girls by design in tribute to her grand slave master, the smartest man in the world, convicted sex cult leader Keith Raniere.

      Why is Kristen always getting raked over the coals and roped into the sex slave life of Allison Mack? Just because they both stared on the TV show Smallville?

      Get a grip, Kristin is choosing her career over having her reputation swirl down the drain. Swirling fast down the drain because TV producers would see her as toxic, all because she felt socially obligated to use her celebrity to literally showcase the sex slave cult built by Raniere.

      Humm…should she choose her career or choose to associate herself with:

      Extortion
      Slavery
      Anorexia
      Kinky forced sex
      Branding
      Allison Mack
      Clare
      Lauren
      Nancy
      Kathy
      And most importantly Keith the Vanguard Raniere who has been sitting in jail for over 2 years convicted on several felony counts that also involve exploiting under aged girls and people from other Countries on Visas.

      I think most of her fans want to remember her for her role on Smallville not for her role in a weird sex cult that she was NEVER A MEMBER OF TO BEGIN WITH..!

      • A lot of those here who criticise Kreuk as a coward will proudly claim they would have given up their career to fight against Nx. It is easy to imagine your own bravery if you will never be tested.

        • No one is saying anything about ‘giving up their career’. But making zero effort whatsoever, not even a feint vanilla effort is wrong. Especially when your connection to the cult is so strong. And most people are not celebrities in a cult.

  • Kim Snyder
    Why should we let Pharma Bro out? Why should we have to release any dangerous criminals out early? Why should our families be put in danger? What the heck? Glad the warden saw through his release game!!!! Yay!
    The next thing you know- Keith Rainere will ask for release because he is the smartest man on the planet!!!!! Not!
    Keith and all other dangerous inmates need to stay put! Amen!

  • This is right out of Amway/MLM-scam world, there is no doubt in Scott’s mind Raniere took this directly from his Amway experience:

    1. Q And can you explain the concept of a nondisclosure agreement?

    A I think it’s like anything that you learned there you can’t tell people about and that you can’t recreate
    the materials.

    Comment: While Amway doesn’t require the signing of nondisclosure agreements, it is clear that
    everything is copyright protected and recording is not allowed, especially at the larger meetings.

    2. Q …. What were your observations about how people were interacting with each other?

    A Well, people seemed, like, extremely kind of happy and affectionate with each other. So there was sort of people kissing, you know, kissing on the lips. They were very — I would call it “over the top,”

    Comment: People being overly happy and friendly, but not the kissing on the lips part.

    3. Q And would the students and the trainers actually refer to him as “Vanguard”?

    A Yes…. you were required to call him “Vanguard” and call Nancy “Prefect.”

    Comment: Not so much the formal titles, but the extreme “edification” was practiced, as if the upline could
    almost literally walk on water.

    4. Q Can you describe what it is?

    A It was my understanding is it’s like a way to come up with a kind of script of how you would try and sell
    someone something.

    Comment: Bingo. Of course, scripting is also used in other, legitimate sales environments as well.

    5. Q So could you read the scripting that is in the Rules and Rituals?

    A Yes. So it says, “The first part is you come up with a statement of truth. This tells the person why
    you’re calling and what you want. Always be honest. Pretending a false intention is deceitful and can lead
    people to distrust you. If you’re calling about a business issue, don’t act like it’s a social call. Example:
    John, I know I haven’t spoken to you in five years, but the reason I’m calling is…
    “Then there is the statement of need. So you tell the person honestly what you need from them. Example:
    I just got involved with this great company called Executive Success Programs and I want to tell you
    about it. I think it’s the greatest thing I’ve done for myself in years, and I thought of you.
    “Then you do the take away and this removes pressure. So when you push someone, their natural
    response is to resist. As soon as you take something away from someone, they somehow feel a little
    rejected and they want it back. For example, ‘I don’t even know if this is something you’d be interested in,
    but if I could have 15 minutes of your time we could get together and see if it’s a fit, if we have a fit. And
    then you book the appointment.’

    Comment: Bingo #2. It is a long-standing problem with Amway and other MLM scams to get with the
    prospect under false pretenses. While Scott’s upline never did or promoted this, many groups still do this.
    Raniere has gone on record as disliking MLMs, this is probably one of the things he disliked when he
    started his own MLM scams with Consumers’ Buyline and NXIVM.

    6. Q And so can you just describe the concept of enrolling people into ESP and the importance of that?

    A Well, yeah. It was encouraged a lot and … it’s … one of the main parts of how you would move up the
    ranks in ESP. So as a student… you had to do certain things in order to be promoted as a coach.
    And then, as a coach, promoted as a proctor and so on. And so, a big part of that was “Growing Your
    Organization.” So that’s like enrolling people into the program for them to become students and for them
    to become coaches and that kind of thing.

    Comment: This is the singular aspect of NXIVM that Scott has not found in any other MLM scam, as
    there were many more customers who bought a course or two, but never promoted NXIVM. This means
    NXIVM, unlike every other MLM Scott has examined, is not an illegal pyramid. That is about the only
    thing that is not wrong with NXIVM. Scott believes most people were so weirded out by NXIVM that they
    left after taking a couple of very expensive courses, never to be seen again. Those were the “secrets” to
    Raniere’s high retail sales levels. LOL

    7. Q And now, I’m showing you …. the Mission Statement… Can you read the first callout from the
    Mission Statement?

    A It says, “There are no ultimate victims; therefore, I will not choose to be a victim.”

    Comment: This is similar to the tripe that if you fail at Amway, it’s your fault, because you didn’t have a big
    enough dream, didn’t follow the “system,” etc. You are not a victim when you fail at Amway, you are just
    lazy, not serious, etc. It’s just a lie to hide the truth, just as Raniere did with NXIVM. This concept is
    constantly reinforced.

    8. Q And then can you read the second callout, please?

    A This says, “People control the money, wealth, and resources of the world. It is essential for the
    survival of humankind for these things to be controlled by successful, ethical people. I pledge to ethically
    control as much as the much wealth and resources in the word as possible within my success plan. I will
    always support the ethical control of these things.”

    Comment: In Amway, this is also wrapped in the American flag and Christianity. Money is neutral, it’s the
    good American Christians that use the money for good.

    9. Q Can you describe the Fall Module for us?

    A Yes. The Fall Module is where they introduce this idea of suppressives. And these are people that
    we’re taught that get joy from destroying things. And kind of the set up of this module was based — it
    started off with sort of asking questions what a person with low self-esteem is like.

    Comment: Amway doesn’t use the word “suppressive,” they refer to people who don’t join or quit as
    losers, dream stealers, people with a J-O-B (Just Over Broke), quitters, losing their dream, etc.

  • I can’t believe people fell for this stuff. It’s like Amway. Everyone knows what it is but some still sign up and run with it.
    Seriously if you have more than a little sympathy for these people you should have some for Scott Johnson as well.

    Explaining my last comment ;
    I have some sympathy for all these men and women but think their victim status is exaggerated. Many went willingly. Many would still be defending their lifestyle against family friends and coworkers still if they weren’t charged and convicted. Some still are. Some will return, I’d wager.

    At the very least, they have some responsibility for their decisions.

  • Kim Snyder
    Keith Rainere has NO business being remembered! He is a seducer/rapist/killer. He needs to die in prison- and never be brought out- except in a body bag! He is a total dweeb!
    Rainere is responsible for the death of my ONLY sister- Kristin Marie Snyder- for NO reason! None!
    Keith thought he would get away with all of this bull””””””!!!!!! He thought wrong!!!!
    Keith needs to be terrified right now- he will get abused in prison- I have been threatened- but I will be okay!

      • To Scott – You forgot your LOL. If you continue to be an a-hole, people will continue to ignore you and your cute anonymous persona. And they’ll continue to refuse to help in your little pet projects. And continue to skip over your mean posts. And continue to look at you as a joke.

        To Kim – I’d love for you to elaborate on how you were threatened. Heidi has often expressed the same. Are you able to share?

  • “The Fall Module is where they introduce this idea of suppressives. And these are people that we’re taught that get joy from destroying things. And kind of the set up of this module was based — it started off with sort of asking questions what a person with low self-esteem is like.”

    The farcical nature of this attribution cast onto others by members of the NXIVM cabal can now clearly be seen in retrospect. Was there anyone more suppressive and/or destructive than the “Vanguard” to those who got the closest to him? It appears that the end result of his life will be a more glaring remembrance of a trail of tears, destruction, and failures that were left in his wake than anything remotely elevating or positive.

      • Assholes are always remembered. The people who aren’t are those who live quiet lives alone not caring about the world or the morons in it: e.g., misanthropic hermits or solitary individuals.

        • There are too many of them for all of them to be remembered. After this generation is come and gone, Raniere will be a small portion of a punctuation mark period (.) LOL

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