Where are the major players of the NXIVM cult, Keith Raniere, Allison Mack, Nancy Salzman, etc., right now?
The NXIVM cult has been the topic of conversation quite a bit this year, thanks to the sentencing of several key players and the riveting docuseries produced by HBO and Starz. But while The Vow and Seduced: Inside the NXIVM Cult are primarily about what happened inside the cult, they don’t necessarily tell you what wound up happening to the major players like Keith Raniere and former Smallville actress Allison Mack. So, where are they now?
As the undisputed leader or “vanguard” as he was referred to within NXIVIM, Keith Raniere finally received his sentencing on Oct. 27. He has received 120 years behind bars, Variety reported. The second season of HBO’s The Vow will chronicle Raniere’s federal trial, which lasted for six weeks and included testimony from many NXIVM cult victims.
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Raniere was officially convicted in June of this year on racketeering charges, sex trafficking, and forced labor conspiracy. Many of Raniere’s horrifying crimes have been detailed in the docuseries that have been released since the news of NXIVIM and DOS first broke, particularly in Starz’s new show, Seduced, which tells India Oxenberg’s story.
Allison Mack’s name comes up repeatedly when discussing the NXIVM cult. Mack was one of the group’s key leaders and the alleged leader of the women-only sect at the heart of NXIVM called DOS. If you’ve watched Seduced, then you know it was Allison who made India Oxenberg her “slave” and further facilitated her indoctrination and eventual abuse at the hands of Raniere.
In 2018, Mack was indicted on sex trafficking charges, sex trafficking conspiracy, and conspiracy to commit forced labor. She was released to her parent’s house to live under electronic surveillance until her sentencing date, which was delayed due to the pandemic. While Raniere has since received sentencing, Mack is still awaiting a new date. She could spend over a decade behind bars, but it remains to be seen if she has managed to get a plea deal.
According to Oprah Mag, “whether Mack should be held fully culpable for her actions while under the longtime sway of Raniere remains a topic of debate; even whistleblower Frank Parlato has directed a plea for ‘mercy’ toward sentencing US District Court Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis.”
Nancy & Lauren Salzman
Nancy Salzman co-founded NXIVM alongside Raniere and was hailed as a prefect within the group. She pleaded guilty to one count of racketeering in 2019. Per Variety, “she admitted to stealing the passwords of NXIVM’s enemies and altered video footage of herself teaching classes that was used in a lawsuit against cult expert Rick Ross.”
Like Mack, Salzman is still awaiting her official sentencing as the date was pushed back due to the ongoing pandemic. She was released on a $5 million bond.
According to the most recent Seduced episode, Lauren Salzman was involved with the inner circle of the cult, most significantly with DOS. She allegedly had to monitor one girl named Daniela, who was confined within a townhome for almost two years after she expressed romantic feelings for someone that was not Keith Raniere.
Lauren admitted to harboring a woman during her trial and pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy and racketeering. She was put on house arrest and, like her mother and Mack, is still awaiting sentencing.
Clare & Sara Bronfman
Clare and Sara Bronfman, the Seagram liquor heiresses, were a major source of income to NXIVM. The two women first became involved with the group in 2002, reports Esquire. That said, Sara was never formally accused of any wrongdoing.
Clare was the primary donor, and in 2018, she was charged with identity theft and racketeering before receiving a sentence of 81 months in prison as of Sept. 2020. She also had to pay a $500,000 fine and restitution of $96,605 to a victim named “Jane Doe 12.” Their attorneys assert that they did not know about the abuse or sex trafficking.
Find out more about the NXIVM cult by watching The Vow on HBO and/or Seduced: Inside the NXIVM Cult on Starz.