New York - The daughter of a former leader of an alleged New York sex cult is set to testify on Friday at the trial of its founder, who is accused of forcing women into sex, urging them to starve themselves and having some branded with his initials.
Witnesses in US District Court in Brooklyn have testified that the leader, Keith Raniere, presented himself as "some kind of god" and that female members of the group, Nxivm, a purported self-help organisation, appeared broken.
Lauren Salzman, whose mother, Nancy Salzman, was president of the group, and admitted to recruiting members into the upstate New York group, is expected to detail her role. Both Salzmans have pleaded guilty to taking part in the scheme.
If convicted of federal charges including sex trafficking and child pornography, Raniere faces life in prison. His lawyer has argued at trial that the women became members of Nxivm voluntarily and were never coerced into doing anything against their will.
Former "Smallville" actress Allison Mack and Seagram liquor heiress Clare Bronfman, also pleaded guilty before trial.