A first guilty plea was reached in the Nxivm sex cult case in which “Smallville” actress Allison Mack and Seagram’s heiress Clare Bronfman have also been charged.
Ms Lauren Salzman admitted in a shocking revelation to Brooklyn federal court Judge Nicholas Garaufis last week that she kept an unidentified Mexican woman locked inside a room for no less than 2 years in order to do “labor requested by myself and others.”
Ms Salzman also admitted to being part of the group’s DOS (which stands for “Dominant Over Submissive”) board, meaning the higher ranking members who were allowed to starve and even brand other women.
The 42-year-old defendant told the judge: “I knowingly and intentionally harbored Jane Doe 4, a woman whose identity is known to me, in a room in the home in the Northern District of New York.”
The Mexican woman was held hostage between March 2010 and April 2012 and Ms Salzman admitted she “threatened to deport Jane Doe 4 back to Mexico if she did not complete labor requested by myself and others.”
“I’m very sorry far my poor decision-making and decisions that result in the harm to others and not the just victims in this case but to hundreds of members of our community and their friends and families as well.”
Several portions of the court transcript have been redacted.
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