Members of the prosecution in the Nxivm case arrive with documents at Brooklyn Federal Court on May 7, 2019, for day one of the trial of Keith Raniere, founder of Nxivm. AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY
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A secretive New York group that federal prosecutors say evolved into a sex cult tried to conceal a "horrible evil" behind a facade of self-improvement, a man who spent 12 years in the organization said Thursday at the group leader's criminal trial.The man, filmmaker Mark Vicente, is the second witness to testify against Keith Raniere. Raniere, 58, has pleaded not guilty to charges including sex trafficking and child pornography.A former Nxivm and DOS member who was only identified by her first name Sylvie Wednesday told jurors she was recruited as a "slave" to another woman in the organization. Her "master" eventually ordered her to engage in sexual activity with Raniere, who also took nude photos of her, she said.
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