Woman Accused of Branding Others For Sex Cult Still Practicing Medicine

Dr. Danielle Roberts is accused of branding women within NXIVM.

The NXIVM Executive Success Programs sign outside of the office at 455 New Karner Road on April 26, 2018 in Albany, New York. Keith Raniere, founder of NXIVM, was arrested by the FBI in Mexico in March of 2018. (Amy Luke/Getty Images)
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Before cult leader Keith Raniere was arraigned in federal court, The New York Times reported on the sinister secrets of NXIVM, Raniere’s “self-help organization.” The report detailed allegations of a sorority within NXIVM called DOS, where “masters” recruited “slaves” and then those “slaves” were forced to hand over collateral as part of their vetting process. This collateral often include naked photographs or other comprising material.

Legal documents say that DOS masters “groomed DOS slaves for sex with Raniere by requiring DOS slaves to adhere to extremely restrictive diets and not remove their pubic hair (in accordance with Raniere’s sexual preferences) and by requiring them to remain celibate and not to masturbate,” according to The Daily Beast. 

DOS members were also branded with a symbol with a cauterizing device, done by a female doctor. According to The Times, the accused doctor was Danielle Roberts, a “licensed osteopath and follower of Mr. Raniere.” The Daily Beast reports that Roberts is still practicing medicine in New York, though she has not been officially cleared of any wrongdoing by the New York State Department of Health. The Daily Beast reports that she is also said to be spreading NXIVM teachings at health expos.

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