A Los Angeles model and actress testified Tuesday her initial fascination with accused sex trafficker and NXIVM leader Keith Raniere became “my worst nightmare” when she was given a “special assignment” to seduce him.
In her second appearance on the stand in Raniere’s trial, the former member of a secret “sex” cult, referred to only by the initial “J,” described her unsettling realization that the 58-year-old Raniere was worshipped by the “slaves” and “masters” in the NXIVM sub-sect known as DOS.
“Everyone would kiss him on the lips,” she testified. On walks together, “He would say that I was special. ‘Do you feel like that special connection … in between us?’ I said ‘yes.’”
“I thought he was this person who wanted to change the world,” she testified.
But DOS membership came at a price: She testified she never got help setting up a t-shirt company that Raniere and DOS women promised her, and that her appearance was mercilessly monitored.
“I initially had to start off with (consuming) 1,000 calories a day,” which was then reduced to 800, then 500-600, she testified. “It eventually led to having to ask permission to eat … I couldn’t get Brazilian waxes anymore.”
But the final straw was a “special assignment” given to her by “Smallville” actress and cult recruiter Allison Mack to seduce Raniere, she testified.
“I had to have Keith take a naked picture of me,” she testified. “It was basically my worst nightmare come to life … I was told other women had done this — only privileged women had the honor, had been given that assignment.”
“J,” who told the court she had been the victim of sexual abuse, said Mack told her “this is going to help you get rid of all of the sexual abuse trauma” — a suggestion that “disgusted” her.
And when Mack told her “I give you permission to enjoy” sex with Raniere, “J” testified that “internally, I was like, you f**king bitch.”
She testified she told Mack she was leaving because “honestly, that special assignment really creeped me out.” She said she never had sex with Raniere.
Raniere is accused of helping himself to a group of brainwashed women who were recruited for his sexual pleasure, with some branded with his initials. He’s pleaded not guilty, saying his encounters with the alleged victims were consensual.