Doctor associated with cult-like NY group loses license
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The New York state Health Department has revoked the medical license of a doctor who conducted unsanctioned research on people associated with a cult-like self-improvement...
Self-help guru convicted in lurid sex-trafficking case
NEW YORK (AP) — The guru of a cult-like self-improvement group that attracted heiresses and Hollywood actresses was convicted Wednesday of turning his female devotees into his sex slaves through...
NEW YORK (AP) — A federal prosecutor says the former spiritual leader of a cult-like self-improvement group was a "con man" and a "crime boss."
Lurid testimony wraps up in case against self-help guru
NEW YORK (AP) — After weeks of relentlessly lurid testimony, federal prosecutors in Brooklyn on Friday wrapped up their sex trafficking case against Keith Raniere, the former spiritual leader of...
Woman testifies about alleged confinement by self-help guru
NEW YORK (AP) — Getting involved with purported self-help sage Keith Raniere meant having no say on whether to get an abortion, being tasked with monitoring a billionaire's hacked email account...
Witnesses: Self-help guru’s sexual exploits destroyed family
NEW YORK (AP) — Members of a close-knit family from Mexico ventured to upstate New York in the early 2000s to seek enlightenment from self-help guru Keith Raniere. They got something much...
Witness: Self-help guru was both a coward and bully
NEW YORK (AP) — Self-help guru Keith Raniere was a coward during his arrest last year in Mexico on a U.S. sex-trafficking charge and a bully when dealing with a follower who failed to adhere to...
Witness: Self-help guru wanted women to be ‘hungry dogs’
NEW YORK (AP) — Self-help guru Keith Raniere was a taskmaster who expected his female followers to be as obedient as "hungry dogs," whether he wanted them to send nude photos to him or buy him...
Former ‘sex slave’ of self-help guru testifies at his trial
NEW YORK (AP) — At meetings with self-help guru Keith Raniere, members of a secret society for female followers sometimes called "The Vow" would follow a protocol that drove home his standing as...
Ex-follower in case of branded women: Leader was a con man
NEW YORK (AP) — Self-help guru Keith Raniere was brilliant - so brilliant that the government considered him a threat and that his energy could impact weather.
Witness says she was forced into sex act with self-help guru
NEW YORK (AP) — A woman testified on Wednesday that she became a "slave" under the control of a self-help guru who counted her calories, preached that women too often play victim and, ultimately,...
Witness testifies on secret society’s ‘sex slave’ initiation
NEW YORK (AP) — A woman testified on Tuesday that shortly after being recruited for a secret "master-slave" society within an upstate New York self-help group she got a disturbing message from her...
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest from the trial of a self-help guru charged with sex trafficking (all times local):
A witness is testifying about how she was recruited into a secret...
Self-improvement guru set to face ‘sex slave’ accusers
NEW YORK (AP) — It was called "collateral" — nude photos and other embarrassing material that female members of an upstate New York self-improvement group turned over to their "masters" to ensure...
Heiress pleads guilty in NXIVM sex slave case
NEW YORK (AP) — An heiress pleaded guilty on Friday in a sensational case accusing a cult-like upstate New York group of creating a secret harem of sex slaves for the group's self-anointed...
‘Smallville’ actress pleads guilty in sex-trafficking case
NEW YORK (AP) — TV actress Allison Mack pleaded guilty Monday to charges she was involved in a scheme to turn women into sex slaves for the spiritual leader of a cult-like upstate New York group,...
The Latest: Actress Allison Mack pleads guilty
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on a trial centered on a cult-like group based in upstate New York (all times local):
TV actress Allison Mack has pleaded guilty in a case...
Judge refuses to put off sex slave trial
NEW YORK (AP) — A judge has denied a request by TV actress Allison Mack for more time to negotiate a plea deal in the sex-trafficking case against an upstate New York self-help...
Woman implicated in sex slave case quietly pleads guilty
NEW YORK (AP) — A woman implicated in the sex-trafficking case against an upstate New York self-help group has quietly pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges.
NY self-help guru pleads not guilty to child porn charges
NEW YORK (AP) — The spiritual leader of an upstate New York self-help group pleaded not guilty on Monday to newly filed child pornography charges at a hearing where it became clear that his...
Guilty plea, new charges in New York sex slave case
NEW YORK (AP) — A case featuring sensational claims that followers of a New York self-help organization were forced to become sex slaves took a new turn on Wednesday with one key defendant...
The Latest: Leader of NY group charged with child porn
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the New York sex slave case (all times local):
The leader of an embattled upstate New York self-help organization has been hit with child...
Funding for defense in NY sex-trafficking case questioned
NEW YORK (AP) — Federal prosecutors are challenging how defense lawyers are being paid in the case against a self-improvement organization accused of branding female followers.
Court papers say a trust largely funded by Seagram's liquor fortune heiress Clare Bronfman is bankrolling the defense for her five co-defendants in the sex-trafficking case. They include the leader of the secretive upstate New York group called NXIVM, Keith Raniere and TV actress Allison Mack.
Man at center of branded women case seeks release on bond
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The leader of a New York-based self-improvement group who is accused of branding women and forcing them into unwanted sex has again filed a request to be released on bond.
The Times Union of Albany reports NXIVM (NEHK'-see-uhm) founder Keith Raniere is seeking to be released to home confinement in suburban Clifton Park with electronic monitoring.
DOJ hires vendor to help sift through massive trial data
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The Department of Justice has hired an outside vendor to help sift through a massive amount of data from the computers of a New York-based self-improvement group accused of branding women and forcing them into unwanted sex.
The computers were seized from Albany-area residences associated with NXIVM (NEHK'-see-uhm) co-founders Keith Raniere and Nancy Salzman.
Sex-trafficking case against self-help group could expand
NEW YORK (AP) — A federal prosecutor says there could be more criminal charges brought against the leader of a purported self-help group who's accused of forcing women into having unwanted sex.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Moira Penza also told a Brooklyn judge at a hearing on Thursday that it's possible more people could be charged in the investigation of Albany, New York-based NXIVM (NEHK'-see-uhm) and its founder, Keith Raniere.
Co-founders of self-help group plead not guilty
NEW YORK (AP) — An heiress to the Seagram's liquor fortune, a TV actress and the co-founders of a purported self-help group appeared in court together for the first time on Wednesday to face charges in a case accusing the group of branding women and forcing them to have unwanted sex.
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the arrest of an heiress and others in the investigation into a self-help group accused of branding women and forcing them into unwanted sex (all times local):
An heiress to the Seagram's liquor fortune has been released on $100 million bond after pleading not guilty to racketeering charges related to a New York self-help group accused of branding women and forcing them into unwanted sex.
Judge denies bail for NXIVM founder
NEW YORK (AP) — An heiress is being considered a "co-conspirator" in a sensational sex-trafficking case in which the jailed founder of a purported self-help group is accused of branding women, a federal prosecutor said at a hearing Tuesday.
Lawyers: Alleged sex-trafficker framed by ‘morality police’
NEW YORK (AP) — Lawyers for the jailed founder of a purported self-help group under investigation for sex-trafficking in New York say he's being persecuted by the government's "morality police."
The accusation was made in court papers filed late Tuesday seeking the release of Keith Raniere on $10 million bond.
More arrests expected in case against ‘Smallville’ actress
NEW YORK (AP) — Authorities expect to make more arrests in the sex-trafficking investigation of a self-help group that's already resulted in charges against former "Smallville" actress Allison Mack and the group's leader, a prosecutor said Friday.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Moira Penza told a judge at a pretrial hearing in federal court in Brooklyn that the government plans to file a revised indictment naming more defendants in the coming weeks.
NOT REAL NEWS: No Clinton tie in Mack’s sex trafficking case
"Smallville" actor Allison Mack is under indictment on sex trafficking charges, but a story being shared online falsely connects the criminal case to Bill and Hillary Clinton and the Rothschild banking family.
The article on nyeveningnews and other sites declares that Mack "confessed that she sold children to the Rothschilds and Clintons during her time in the child sex cult." The story combines falsehoods with information from Mack's actual legal case.
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on actress charged in NXIVM case (all times local):
The actress granted bail while fighting charges that she helped recruit women into a cult-like group has left a Brooklyn courthouse.
Allison Mack, best known for playing Superman's friend, walked in silence with her lawyers to a waiting car two blocks away as photographers swarmed.