Ex-NXIVM trainer: Students are prey

In court papers filed Friday, a former high ranking officer of NXIVM depicts the cultlike group as a self-help and ethics school that is secretly a place for its leader to explore opportunities for sex and gambling money, the Albany Times Union reports.

Susan Dones, a trainer who ran the Colonie-based company’s former Tacoma, Wash., center, told a bankruptcy court last week that Keith A. Raniere, the creator of the teachings used in NXIVM’s self-improvement courses, may have motives beyond the education of human potential.

Dones said NXIVM presents Raniere “as the most honest, ethical, Nobel (sic), man who had the answers to mankind’s problems” yet his training sessions are “used as a venue to stalk their students … who might fit into Raniere’s profile of sexual conquest and who might be willing to ‘give’ Raniere money to feed his gambling problem.”

The NXIVM business, also known as Executive Success Programs, treats Raniere, 50, of Clifton Park as its intellectual guru.

Ex-NXIVM student: ‘I think it’s a cult’

Keith Raniere, NXIVM During most of her 25 months as a student of self-improvement programs run by the Colonie-based NXIVM organization, Becca Friedman felt like she was in a dream, but, she said, it became a dreadful nightmare.

Her story, she said, may be useful to people proposing to join or already studying at NXIVM, something she would not recommend.

Tyke, 3, raised as shady guru’s ‘son’

Keith Raniere, NXIVM A motherless, 3-year-old boy is living in near-isolation at an upstate “cult” compound — as the heir of the group’s shady svengali, who feeds off the Seagram’s booze fortune, sources told The New York Post.

He was brought to Keith Raniere — the controversial leader of the Albany-based “behavior modification” group NXIVM that counts two Seagram heiresses among its devotees — by a longtime member who claimed that she was given guardianship when the child’s mother died, sources said.

Huckabee has cult following

Mike Huckabee is being backed by a bizarre group that has been denounced as a cult, The Post has learned.

Charges against ex-Nxivm adviser dropped

Criminal charges have been dropped against a former top adviser to the Colonie-based Nxivm company who was accused of bilking a foundation affiliated with the “human potential” group for thousands of dollars, a spokesman for the District Attorney confirmed Saturday.

Star power of Pol ‘cult’

A motivational group that critics have branded a cult has attracted a galaxy of star students, including a former U.S. surgeon general, the daughter of a Mexican president and a Hollywood actress.

NXIVM’s vexing effect on believers

In published accounts, ex-members and mental-health professionals call NXIVM a “cult-like” group that uses sensory deprivation, “brainwashing” and other mind-bending tactics – sometimes to the point of psychological breakdowns.

Hillary’s $30,000 fans are her ‘cult’ following

A purported pyramid-scheme operator who was run out of Arkansas when Bill Clinton was governor has reinvented himself as the head of an upstate group accused of being a “cult” – and his devotees have pumped thousands into Hillary Rodham Clinton’s presidential run.

Political connections take to the air

Some Senate Republicans have been getting rides on an aircraft tied to NXIVM, the controversial executive training organization in Halfmoon whose inner circle appears to be getting increasingly involved in politics.

Ex-Nxivm adviser faces larceny counts

A former adviser for the Colonie-based company was indicted Friday on charges he bilked thousands of dollars from a foundation affiliated with the human development group.

Fear and tears after Nxivm class

Woman claims stressful, probing conditions used at leadership seminar in Colonie Math teacher Nellie Forst wanted to control her temper better so she could one day become a principal. So at the advice of her father, the 28-year-old Philadelphia resident drove to Nxivm in Colonie for a five-day seminar expecting enlightenment and career advice. But […]

The Bronfmans And the Cult

We took a skeptical look at an executive training firm called NXIVM (pronounced nexium), run by a charismatic leader named Keith Raniere. Among Raniere’s acolytes were Sara and Clare Bronfman, daughters of Seagram billionaire Edgar Bronfman Sr. and half-sisters of Edgar Bronfman Jr., chief of Warner Music. Himself a former Raniere client, Bronfman Sr. had […]

Ex-aide calls Nxivm ‘extremely dangerous’

Company attorney denies allegations; neighbors concerned about home HALFMOON — A former Nxivm Corp. insider recently became the first to publicly condemn the secretive human development company, while unauthorized construction on a $400,000 Halfmoon home has raised local concerns. The construction on the home recently purchased for Nancy Salzman, Nxivm’s president, has worried neighbors, some […]

Nxivm loses assets claim

Judge refuses to freeze holdings of businessman who is being sued by company ALBANY — A federal judge denied a motion on Monday by Nxivm Corp. to freeze the assets of Albany businessman Joe O’Hara, and the company withdrew its lawsuit against him and submitted it in state Supreme Court in Manhattan. Nxivm and 11 […]

Nxivm accuses Albany businessman of fraud

Self-awareness training firm, 11 other plaintiffs allege former attorney bilked $2.5M ALBANY — A local company that offers self-awareness training for professionals has sued an Albany businessman, alleging he defrauded it and several wealthy members through racketeering schemes that he allegedly masterminded while acting as the company’s attorney. In the latest lawsuit filed by Nxivm […]

High court rejects Nxivm appeal

Company had sued researcher over cult label, criticism on Web ALBANY — The U.S. Supreme Court denied without elaboration an appeal to review a case involving a Colonie human potential training company, free speech and the Internet. The top court refused this week to hear from Nxivm, which hired the Washington law firm Sidley, Austin, […]

Executive course in ‘cult’ lawsuit launches in Dublin

NXIVM, an American organisation that has lost two court cases in the US against a website which it claims portrayed it as a cult, has begun running executive coaching programmes in Ireland. The training courses are run by an associated company called Executive Success Programs (ESP). ESP is fronted in Ireland by Sara Bronfman, daughter […]

Court upholds Nxivm ruling

Albany– Training company challenged allegations that it’s a cult Allegations that a Colonie-based human potential company is a cult can stay online, a federal court has affirmed. Nxivm (pronounced NEX-ee-um), which offers human potential seminars, alleged that Rick Ross of New Jersey, a “cult deprogrammer,” published critical commentary of its program after obtaining information through […]

An Espian’s brief life

Once a dynamic overachiever, a woman’s world deteriorated after she took classes offered by a Halfmoon-based group Kristin Marie Snyder’s life as an “Espian” lasted just four months. From November 2002 to February 2003, the 35-year-old Alaskan immersed herself in Executive Success Programs (ESP), the teachings of Halfmoon residents Keith Raniere and Nancy Salzman. She […]
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