More Arrests Coming In NXIVM Sex-Cult Case, Federal Prosecutors Say

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Allison was arrested last month, facing charges of sex trafficking, sex trafficking conspiracy and conspiracy to commit forced labor in relation to the alleged sex slave cult Nxivm.

Raniere and Mack, who have separate representation, did not look at each other during the status conference where Judge Nicholas Garaufis set a trial date for October 1, 2018.

The leaders of an alleged cult, based in the Capital Region, appeared again in court Friday. Raniere also is being held on trafficking charges, and his attorneys say he's innocent.

Awaiting Raniere's appearance in court was his ex-girlfriend of eight years, Toni Natalie, who blasted the cult leader as a "sociopath".

"Under the guise of female empowerment, she starved women until they fit her co-defendant's sexual feminine ideal", Penza said at Mack's arraignment. Agnifilo said he expected to prove that everything described by prosecutors was "utterly consensual". Ever since, Raniere and his minions have been terrorising her with lawsuits, she said. She'll also be subject to electronic monitoring and restrictions on computer and cellphone use. At the time of his arrest, she said, Raniere was behind a pending lawsuit against her in Mexico.

"Nancy Salzman has to be arrested", Natalie said. "There's so much more", she said.

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Agnifilo said the case would boil down to whether jurors believed witness testimony.

"At the end of the day this is a case about consent and it's about the circumstances that existed between people", he said.

Lawyers for Raniere told reporters they are eager to go to trial and give his side of the story. A lot of adult, strong-minded, free-willed women made decisions for their own lives and made their own choices. From there, Mack has several slaves of her own who are then ordered to recruit a group of slaves themselves, and it spreads down from there like a pyramid scheme.

Last year, the accusations took a new twist, with women who were part of the DOS subgroup coming forward to say that they had been physically branded near their pelvises with a surgical tool against their will. "That's what the evidence is going to show". A follow-up status conference has been set for June 12 at 11 a.m. Mack's lawyers are petitioning the court to allow the actress not to be present for future status conferences.

Before court began, she sat on a back bench in the spectators' area of the courtroom, alternately crying and laughing with her lawyers.

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