Sep 8, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Nxivm co-founder sentenced to 42 months in prison

Nancy Salzman walking with two people outside of federal court
Nancy Salzman exits federal court on Wednesday. Photographer: Paul Frangipane/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Nxivm co-founder Nancy Salzman was sentenced to 3 1/2 years in prison on Wednesday for her role in running and enabling the cult that entangled Hollywood figures and subjected members to sexual abuse.

Details: She has been ordered to turn herself in to the authorities on Jan. 19, 2022.

  • Salzman pleaded guilty in March of 2019 to one count of racketeering conspiracy.

Backstory: Salzman served as president of the cultlike self-help organization helmed by Keith Raniere. The criminal aspects of the operation were exposed in 2018, per the DOJ.

  • Salzman pled guilty in March of 2019 for her role in running Nxivm.
  • The prosecution said that Salman helped enable Raniere to gain access to victims, per the DOJ.
  • Salzman's attorneys maintained that Salzman was unaware of Raniere's secret group, DOS, the source of the abuse allegations and focus of the criminal probe.

What they're saying: “I apologize to everyone I hurt, intentionally and not,” Salzman said. “I don’t know that I can ever forgive myself.”

Meanwhile: Raniere was convicted of several charges in 2019 and sentenced to life in prison. He was also ordered to pay $3.4 million in restitution to 21 victims who had been branded with his initials.

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