A lawyer for Nxivm co-founder Nancy Salzman says she was abused and fooled by sex slave-branding cult leader Keith Raniere — and doesn’t deserve to go to prison.
The plea for leniency comes one day before Salzman, 66, is slated to be sentenced in Brooklyn federal court after pleading guilty to racketeering conspiracy and cooperating with prosecutors.
“[Salzman] for the past twenty years has been fooled, controlled, humiliated, and ultimately led to engage in criminal conduct by an egotistical, self-important, sex fiend,” wrote defense attorney David Stern in a letter to Judge Nicholas Garaufis, which was made public on Tuesday.
He humiliated her and forced her to starve herself until she was stick thin — like he did to his other acolytes, her attorney wrote. The pair were initially lovers before Raniere, 60, ended the romance and turned his sadistic attention to her daughter.
In an earlier filing, prosecutors asked the judge to impose a prison term