Lauren Saltmann, who admitted to the federal court's charge of racketeering and conspiracy charges in March, told jurors that at the age of 58, Keith Ranier was the most important person in her life.
"He was my mentor. My teacher, "said Salzman. "We had a romantic relationship. Physical and sexual relationship.
Salzman admits to being a member of a secret society in Nxivm, known as DOS, in which dozens of women are considered "masters" or "slaves."
Rannier, who did not plead guilty to all charges, appeared in the court dressed in a blue sweater surrounded by his lawyers. He watched as the prosecutors questioned the witness.
Saltmann does not seem to be in touch with Ranière until she testifies.
She said she met Ranieri when she was 21, in 1995. Ranière joined her life and had sex for the first time in April 2001, Salzman said.
But that did not prevent Ranieri claiming to have a relationship with other women in the group.
"It was a monogamous connection for me," Salzman said, adding that he was not allowed to see anyone else.
Ranier promised to have children with her to make her stay, but that did not happen, Salzman said.
The witness says she took a naked picture and asked other women
She also told the jurors that Ranieri had taken a naked picture and gave her a target weight of £ 100. after making her undress her underwear and appreciate her body.
Nxivm works as a multilevel marketing scheme, urging members to take classes that cost up to $ 5,000, according to court documents.
She encouraged members to take more classes to move up the ranks and hire other members to help generate more revenue, which left some members due to Nxivm himself, according to an FBI statement.
But while that was happening, the DOS meetings called on Salzman and the other women to take pictures and send them to Raniere when he could not attend a meeting, Salzman said. And when he could attend the meetings, Salzman said she and others would strip naked and sit on the floor in front of him while he was holding the court, dressed completely, talking about the group's projects, such as a book or a dungeon in which they worked . onwards.
Ranieri was honored in the group so much that the mythology of his ability to control time or to ban electronics in his presence became a legend in the band.
"He would say that his technology acted and that there are such problems," Saltmann said. "That was something special for him. That this is his energy. His influence on the world.
Salzman is expected to continue his testimony on Monday.