News NXIVM sex cult trial witness testifies how she left after refusing to 'seduce' leader A model said she began plotting to get out of NXIVM after actress Alison Mack, one of her masters, told her a forced encounter with the guru could help her deal with her past. A portrait of Keith Raniere is entered into evidence at his trial on charges including racketeering conspiracy, forced labor conspiracy, sex trafficking and more. Photo Credit: U.S. Attorney's Office By John Riley firstname.lastname@example.org Updated June 11, 2019 8:20 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email Not every “slave” was willing to have sex with NXIVM savant Keith Raniere. After a string of witnesses described being pressured into sexual encounters with the accused sex-trafficker, a California model testifying Tuesday in Brooklyn federal court told jurors she was a victim of childhood sex abuse by an uncle and wasn’t about to follow her so-called master’s order to “seduce” Raniere. Instead, the woman – a 29-year-old allowed to testify under the pseudonym “Jay” -- said she began plotting to get out of NXIVM and its master-slave women’s group after actress Alison Mack, one of her masters, told her a forced encounter with the guru could help her deal with her past. “I was horrified and enraged that she would want to re-traumatize me with someone I didn’t want to do something sexual with to heal my sexual trauma,” she said. “It was disgusting.” Raniere, 58, established NXIVM in the Albany area in the 1990s as a self-help group. But prosecutors say it was a sex cult and he was a charlatan who used the group as a cover to control and exploit women, eventually establishing the secret master-slave sect, known as DOS or “The Vow,” to service him. He is charged with racketeering, conspiracy, sex-trafficking and other crimes. Five leaders, including former “Smallville” actress Mack and Seagrams heiress Clare Bronfman, pleaded guilty. “Jay,” like previous witnesses, said she was impressed by Raniere’s NXIVM courses, and open to the idea of a women-to-women mentoring group. Recruited by one of Mack’s “slaves,” India Oxenberg, actress Catherine Oxenberg’s daughter, she turned over a sex tape and other compromising material as “collateral” to secure a vow of secrecy Although the group was structured to teach discipline, she said, some of the orders were “unusual.” She was frequently asked “how do you feel about Keith,” filled out a questionnaire about her sexuality, and ordered to dress up with makeup at NXIVM’s weekly volleyball games, which Raniere attended, she said. “My understanding now is that I was being groomed to be part of his harem,” she testified. When ordered to seduce Raniere, “Jay” said, she was told he liked to be “pursued.” She downloaded compromising collateral posted on other DOS members to give herself “leverage,” she said, and played for time and distance – going for a trip with her family, and leaving Albany to resettle in California. After weeks of cat-and-mouse with Mack and Oxenberg in early 2017, “Jay” said, she broke with the group, and concluded that if her “collateral” was going to be released it was a price she’d have to pay. “I was ready to live with that,” she testified. It never was. In mid-2017, as “Jay” broke her ties, NXIVM itself began to collapse amid revelations about the slave sect by dissident insiders and media reports. In fact, the defense argues, no one’s “collateral” was ever released. Raniere is accused of attempted sex-trafficking of “Jay.” In other testimony Tuesday, a financial investigator said Bronfman had provided $14 million to a joint defense fund for Raniere and others, and that credit cards and bank accounts of his wealthy longtime companion, Pamela Cafritz, were used to pay $736,000 in expenses for 1-1/2 years after her death. The trial, in its sixth week, resumes on Wednesday. Prosecutors have said they hope to rest their case by the end of this week. By John Riley email@example.com John Riley covers courts in New York City for Newsday. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter More on this topic Interest in another man angered alleged NXIVM sex guru, witness saysKeith Raniere is accused of being a con man who founded NXIVM in the Albany area as a personal-growth program to help people live an "ethical" life but used it to control and exploit women for sex. Witness in sex guru trial describes 2-plus years confinementFour walls, a covered window, a bathroom, a door. A memory-foam mattress on the floor, ... Witness says she hacked emails for cult leaderThe witness, only identified as Daniela, was confined to a room for two years, which she is expected to describe when her testimony resumes Wednesday. Witness: Cult leader had sex with my sister, 16Keith Raniere is on trial accused of using NXIVM as a hunting ground to exploit women. He is charged with conspiracy, racketeering, sex trafficking and other crimes. Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.