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New #THREAD for the second witness taking the stand in the trial against #NXIVM leader Keith Raniere. The second witness took the stand just after 4 p.m. today. It is filmmaker and former NXIVM member Mark Vicente.
His testimony began with questions about where he grew up, why he became a filmmaker, and where he studied school. Then we heard a little about his wife who he met through NXIVM members and who he convinced to take ESP classes.
Sometimes between 2004-2005 Vicente got a letter from Nancy Salzman and Barbara Bouchey asking about a recent film and saying he should meet Raniere and come to Albany to learn about his teachings and methodology.
He testified eventually he went with Salzman and Sara Bronfman on a private jet so they could meet the scientists from his film. He says Raniere was always described as a unique individual who can "unlock the keys to human condition."
The prosecution showed Vicente photos of Raniere and Salzman that previously hung in the New Karner Road headquarters. He identifies them as such.
Vicente then explains that NXIVM was an umbrella company over many other branches including Jness, SOP, The Source, ESP, and more. He also mentions the Dali Lama visit to Albany orchestrated by the Bronfman's.
Finally, Vicente says in 2005 he took a 5-day intensive held at the New Karner Road location which included a survey and a non-disclosure agreement. This was the final thing I heard inside the courtroom today.
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