FILE - In this Jan. 29, 2019 file photo, Lauren Salzman leaves Brooklyn federal court in New York. Testifying in NXIVM leader Keith Raniere's trial on sex trafficking charges Tuesday, May 21, 2019, Salzman said that when Mexican authorities broke down his door at a villa in Puerta Vallarta to grab Raniere, she was there and tried to stand up to them while he hid in a closet. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File) NEW YORK – 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 his twisted code of ethics, a witness testified Tuesday at Raniere's New York City trial.The follower was confined to a bedroom for two years, the witness said, despite passing a no
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 his twisted code of ethics, a witness testified Tuesday at Raniere’s New York City trial. The follower was confined to a bedroom for two years, the witness said, despite passing a note that begged: “Let me out. I’m coming undone.” The harsh portrait of Raniere was provided by Lauren Salzman, a former member of his inner-circle in a group called NXIVM who’s pleaded guilty and is cooperating with the government. Salzman, 42, was recruited, along with TV actress Allison Mack and others, for a secret society within NXIVM of women who prosecutors say were brainwashed by Raniere’s teachings, branded wi
NEW YORK — A witness at the sex-trafficking trial of Keith Raniere says the self-help guru was a coward during his capture in Mexico and a bully with a disobedient follower. The testimony came Tuesday from Lauren Salzman, a former member of a secret upstate New York society of "sex slaves" whom prosecutors say were branded with Raniere's initials.
Florida-based metalcore band A Day To Remember has announced the initial lineup of bands for its Self Help Fest, which will return to the NOS Events Center in San Bernardino on Saturday, Oct. 12.The festival will be headlined by A Day To Remember and also include performances by I Prevail, Beartooth, Periphery, This Wild Life, Set Your Goals, While She Sleeps, Angel Dust, Can’t Swim, Elder Brother and more. General admission tickets are $49.50-$59.50 and VIP tickets are $249 and are on sale via selfhelpfest.com. Sign up for our Festival Pass newsletter. Whether you are a Coachella lifer or prefer to watch from afar, get weekly dispatches during the Southern California music festival season. Subscribe here. The inaugural Self Help Fest took over the NOS Events Center in 2014 and was the
Raniere sometimes ordered them to paddle each other if they disobeyed his rules, Salzman said. The testimony came in the second week of a trial where lawyers for Raniere have insisted his encounters with the women were consensual and meant to help with their personal growth. Salzman, 42, took the stand as part of a plea deal in which she admitted to charges accusing her of making a lower-ranking member of the group stay inside a bedroom for two years as a form of discipline. Mack, best known for her role as the friend of a young Superman in the "Smallville" series, has also pleaded guilty to participating in the collection of embarrassing material from followers - called "collateral" - that the group threatened to make public if they eve...
May 21, 2019 at 12:00a.m. Self-help workshop YOUNGSTOWN Healthier at Home, a free workshop sponsored by Mercy Health Foundation Mahoning Valley, will provide solid advice for caring for one’s self, preventing illness and injury and determining when to seek medical care. Participants also will receive a book, “Your Complete Guide to Symptoms, Solutions & Self Care,” which provides step-by-step instructions for addressing more than 200 common health issues. This program takes place from 11 a.m. to noon June 4 at St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital, 1044 Belmont Ave. To register, call 330-480-3070. For information on how to support this program
I really resisted joining Spec. After being burnt out by my high school newspaper, I sought out entirely new extracurriculars here. I joined the Atheist and Agnostic Students Society for a hot sec. I played rugby for a hot sec. I performed with the flute choir for a hot sec. I even rushed a sorority for a hot sec (a hot sec I try hard to forget about). Basically, I tried everything to delay the inevitable. But early my sophomore year, my NSOP day one, OG, ride-or-die friend (and eventually my Spec work spouse) Octavio asked me to write an op-ed that proved to be a gateway drug to the seedy underbelly of campus journalism that is Spec. High off the likes and positive DMs I was getting after sharing my piece on Facebook, I asked Octavio how I could keep the good times going. They recommen...
A Day to Remember are bringing the Self Help festival back for 2019, this time plotting two festivals with a first-ever Boston-area edition. Though the dates were announced earlier this year, ADTR have started rolling out some of the bands who will be playing the two festival events.The Boston Self Help will take place in Worcester, Massachusetts Sept. 7 at the Palladium outdoors. Bands that will be joining the host headliner include Falling in Reverse, Fever 333, Wage War, Whitechapel, This Wild Life and the Acacia Strain, with more acts expected to be announced.Meanwhile, the San Bernardino, California Self Help Fest will take place Oct. 12 at the NOS Event Center, which played host to the original Self Help Fest and has been home for the festival throughout its run. I Prevail, Bearto...
NEW YORK — A former follower of self-help guru Keith Raniere says he was a taskmaster who expected her to be as obedient as a "hungry dog." Lauren Salzman testified Monday that she and other women, including TV actress Allison Mack, were under orders to send Raniere nude photos of themselves and paddle each other if they broke his rules.
NEW YORK (AP) — A former follower of self-help guru Keith Raniere says he was a taskmaster who expected her to be as obedient as a "hungry dog." Lauren Salzman testified Monday that she and other women including TV actress Allison Mack were under orders to send Raniere nude photos of themselves and paddle each other if they broke his rules. Salzman is a government witness at a New York City trial where prosecutors have accused him of forcing some followers of a cult-like group called NXIVM (NEHK'-see-uhm) to become sex slaves sworn to secrecy.