Society & Culture
Roberta Glass on Epstein, Dershowitz, the NXIVM Sex Cult, & Her Firsthand Trial Reporting Experiences
The sordid saga of Jeffrey Epstein has gained widespread public attention, however it is not the only case of wealthy, well-connected abusers to make waves in recent years. The cases of Jimmy Savile, Bill Cosby, and Harvey Weinstein have likewise helped open the floodgates. One of the strangest, however, is NXIVM. Presenting itself as a multi-level marketing organization peddling self-help under the tutelage of the manipulative, Manson-esque guru Keith Raniere, NXIVM has since been exposed as a sex cult that counted Smallville actresses Allison Mack and Kristin Kreuk as well as American heiress Claire Bronfman amongst its famous and influential members. The cult's alleged activities included brainwashing, blackmail, physical branding of members, and BDSM practice of master-slave relationships sans anything that could reasonably be understood as consent. Raniere and other members have since been convicted on charges including racketeering, forced labor, and sexual trafficking.
Joining us on this edition of Parallax Views to discuss both the Jeffrey Epstein and NXIVM cases is Roberta Glass of True Crime Report. Roberta, in addition to the True Crime Report podcast, has done firsthand reporting from court on both the NXIVM trial and the Epstein-related Virginia Roberts Guiffre v Ghislaine Maxwell. She gives her experiences reporting on these cases and personal recollections concerning Alan Dershowitz, what she saw at the NXIVM trial, and much more on this sobering edition of Parallax Views.
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