But in a statement Tuesday to the AP, the defendant's lawyer argued that the charges against her client were "the result of government overreaching and charging an individual with crimes just because the government disagrees with some beliefs taught by NXIVM and held by Clare".
In an interview with The New York Times prior to her arrest, Mack acknowledged that members of the sub-society used the terms "slave" and "master" and ordered each other to engage in acts of self-denial, but she said it was all done to further self-discipline and self-empowerment.
Clare Bronfman, the Seagram's heiress and accused sex-cult leader, had to cough up a staggering $100 million bond to avoid spending her nights in a federal lockup while she awaits trial. She faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison.
Raniere was arrested in Mexico in March.
In earlier court filings, the government detailed how Bronfman gave away tens of millions of dollars of her fortune to support Raniere and his group, including paying for private air travel at a cost of $65,000 a flight.
She will remain under house arrest following her release.
Bronfman is one of seven children, the daughter of a second-generation heir who captained Seagram's expansion during his years leading the company.
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The other two arrestees - her daughter Lauren Salzman and the organization's bookkeeper Kathy Russell - stayed back in jail in Albany because they didn't meet their bail conditions. Mack and Salzman are free on $5 million bonds. Women were expected to be subservient to "masters", prosecutors said, including giving in to demands for sex. Court documents outline how members were forced to provide "collateral", in the form of damaging information about themselves and that they were branded with a cauterizing pen during a process that took between 20 and 30 minutes. Many "slaves" were branded on their pelvic areas with a cauterising gun with a symbol that incorporated Raniere's initials, according to prosecutors.
Clare Bronfman left a Brooklyn federal court Tuesday without speaking to reporters. It also said Bronfman has "paid for numerous lawyers to bring suits against Nxivm critics".
In a 2010 article, Vanity Fair painted Clare's sister Sara as the more outgoing of the pair and the first to join Nxivm, "desperately looking for some goal in her life", according to a family friend. Clare showed up in a dirty T-shirt and, an unnamed female Nxivm trainer recalled, "She would tell people that she had chose to spend the rest of her life with horses, because she didn't like human beings".
She is also accused of encouraging and assisting in an alleged Nxivm victim's illegal entry into the US.
- Nancy Salzman, in her role as second-in-command to Raniere within Nxivm, conspired with Raniere and others to obstruct justice by altering records in connection with a civil lawsuit initiated by Nxivm against a former Nxivm student. A call to a foundation tied to Sara Bronfman wasn't immediately returned.
In this courtroom sketch Keith Raniere, second from right, leader of the secretive group NXIVM, attends a court hearing Friday, April 13, 2018, in the Brooklyn borough of NY.