Three high-ranking members of the group — Mack, Lauren Salzman and accountant Kathy Russell — are all actively engaged in discussions, a prosecutor stated in Brooklyn federal courtroom.
The revelation comes lower than per week after Nxivm chief Keith Raniere was hit with little one porn costs, and his co-founder, Lauren’s mom Nancy Salzman, pleaded responsible to racketeering conspiracy.
If the three ladies take pleas, that may depart simply Raniere and Nxivm’s benefactor, Seagram liquor inheritor Clare Bronfman, to face trial — with Mack and the others probably appearing as turncoat witnesses towards them.
“I believe on the finish of the day it is going to be simply Claire and Keith going to trial,” Bronfman’s lawyer Mark Geragos stated whereas discussing attainable trial dates.
Raniere is accused of heading a secret master-slave group inside Nxivm, referred to as DOS, the place which ladies had been branded together with his initials and compelled to have intercourse with him — whereas Mack allegedly served as his right-hand lady.
All the remaining defendants had been in courtroom Monday to be arraigned on a superseding indictment — which included the brand new little one porn allegations towards Raniere, in addition to numerous extra costs towards the others, together with intercourse trafficking, identification fraud and cash laundering.
All pleaded not responsible.
Throughout dialogue of the allegations that Raniere had sexual relationships with youngsters and produced kiddie porn, Mack’s lawyer gave the 36-year-old a shoulder rub.
Regardless of the plea discussions, Decide Nicholas Garaufis stated he would proceed as if all of the defendants had been headed to trial, and their very own attorneys additionally stated they’re nonetheless planning for a trial starting April 29.
The events are subsequent due again in courtroom on April 4.