With its leader and No. 2 in a Brooklyn federal courtroom Tuesday, over charges they operated a forced-sex cult, Nxivm ceased operations “until further notice” pending the outcome of the criminal case.
The group, which bills itself as a self-help organization that offers “personal and professional development seminars” through its “Executive Success Programs,” is at the center of a federal probe involving leader Keith Raniere.
“It is with deep sadness that we inform you we are suspending all NXIVM/ESP enrollment, curriculum and events until further notice,” the message says.
“While we are disappointed by the interruption of our operations, we believe it is warranted by the extraordinary circumstances facing the company at this time. We continue to believe in the value and importance of our work and look forward to resuming our efforts when these allegations are resolved.”
Raniere, 57, faces charges that he and his co-defendant Allison Mack, who is also in court, lured women to Nxivm and groomed them to be Raniere’s sex slaves under the guise of teaching female empowerment.
He and Mack, 35, who starred in the TV show “Smallville,” are also accused of branding the women with their initials and blackmailing them with “collateral” like embarrassing photos.
News of the group’s temporary shutdown comes as Raniere and Mack appear in court to learn whether the alleged 57-year-old “grand master” will be sprung on bail.
Mack has been out on $5 million bail since her arrest in April.
Raniere — who was known as “Vanguard” to his female followers — was arrested in March.
They have denied the charges.
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