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Four more people, including a wealthy heiress, were arrested Tuesday in New York in connection with the NXIVM self-help group that federal officials say contained a secret sex cult led by Keith Raniere and former Smallville star Allison Mack.
Clare Bronfman, an heir to the Seagram’s liquor fortune; Kathy Russell, a bookkeeper for NXIVM; Nancy Salzman, the NXIVM president; and her daughter, Lauren Salzman, were all charged with racketeering conspiracy. Mack and Raniere were also charged with racketeering conspiracy via the superseding indictment.
Federal prosecutors in Brooklyn said the women, along with Mack, were part of Raniere’s inner circle and served as leaders in the NXIVM pyramid organization. Mack and Lauren Salzman were also allegedly “first-line masters” in the DOS sex cult where members were branded with Raniere’s initials.
The defendants were alleged to have variously engaged in identity theft, wire fraud, and money laundering.
In addition to servicing Raniere, DOS members had their diets controlled and were required to respond to Raniere’s calls at all hours of the night. They were also said to be required to do chores or manual labor, resulting in forced labor charges against some of the defendants.
Raniere and Mack, who have previously been charged with sex-trafficking, have pleaded not guilty. Mack has been released on bail, but Raniere is still being held behind bars.
Lawyers for the women arrested on Tuesday didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.
Bronfman was set to be arraigned on Tuesday afternoon in Brooklyn Federal Court., while Russell and the Salzmans were also due to be arraigned on Tuesday afternoon in Albany Federal Court.
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Riverside, California authorities are investigating Camp’s disappearance, but said there “does not appear to be anything suspicious at this time.”
A former MTV VJ was reported missing last Thursday, after members of his family were unable to make contact with him for a week.
Josiah “Jesse” Camp, 38, known to many people who watched him on MTV in the late ‘90s and early ‘00s as Jesse Camp, was reported missing by his sister, Marisha Camp, authorities told People magazine.
The Riverside Police Department in Riverside, California, said on Facebook that there “does not appear to be anything suspicious at this time regarding Jesse being missing other than his ceased contact with family and friends.”
Camp’s sister also indicated the her brother “might have been depressed recently”
“I can’t begin to thank everyone who reached out to express their concern and support after my brother Jesse went MIA,” Marisha wrote in an Instagram Stories post on Monday. “What he needs more than anything is kindness and love.”
Camp came to prominence in 1998 after winning Wanna Be a VJ on MTV.
Riverside police and MTV did not immediately respond to BuzzFeed News’ request for comment.
Adult Swim is standing behind Rick and Morty co-creator Dan Harmon after a decade-old video that showed the writer simulating the rape of a doll was dug up online by right-wing figures.
“At Adult Swim, we seek out and encourage creative freedom and look to push the envelope in many ways, particularly around comedy,” an Adult Swim spokesperson told BuzzFeed News in a statement. “The offensive content of Dan’s 2009 video that recently surfaced demonstrates poor judgement and does not reflect the type of content we seek out. Dan recognized his mistake at the time and has apologized. He understands there is no place for this type of content here at Adult Swim.”
The bizarre video was spread by a combination of far-right supporters and 4Chan users, similar to the way old tweets from James Gunn were dug up showing the Guardians of the Galaxy director joking about pedophilia. Disney subsequently fired Gunn on Friday.
Harmon, who also wrote and created NBC’s Community, has since deleted his Twitter account in light of the video being re-shared.
In a statement to BuzzFeed News, Harmon said the video was from 2009 and showed an attempt to parody the serial-killer show Dexter that “only succeeded in offending.”
“I quickly realized the content was way too distasteful and took the video down immediately. Nobody should ever have to see what you saw and for that, I sincerely apologize,” Harmon said.
Earlier this year, Harmon was at the center of another controversy when he admitted to professionally sabotaging a former coworker after she rejected his romantic advances.
Megan Ganz, the woman who said Harmon harassed her, later accepted his apology.
“Cheryl’s in a place right now where she’s on a power high,” said Madelaine Petsch. “She’s got her girlfriend for the first time, she’s emancipated from her mother, she’s still a head a cheerleader, and so I think she’s gonna start making power grabs left, right, and center, which I think maybe won’t be so great.“
Spencer apparently believed Baron Cohen’s character was an Israeli agent teaching him how to protect himself against terrorism.
In the episode, the pair first discuss Spencer’s support of a burqa ban, which was so unpopular in Georgia that he was forced to withdraw his bill in 2016.
“I don’t call it a burqa ban, I call it an anti-masking statute,” Spencer said.
Baron Cohen’s character proceeds to teach Spencer supposed anti-terrorism practices by instructing him to convince a terror suspect that he’s a Chinese tourist. In response, Spencer yells out a nonsensical stream of words, including konichiwa, sushi, red dragon, Hong Kong, chopsticks, and Ho Chi Minh.
In the next task, Spencer is supposedly being taught how to stop a terrorist during a hypothetical kidnapping. Baron Cohen instructs Spencer to attract attention to himself, adding, “In America, there is one forbidden word. It is the n-word.”
To attract attention, Spencer screams the racial slur four times before Baron Cohen stops him, saying, “Are you crazy? The n-word is loony! Not this word. This word is disgusting.”
“Got it,” Spencer replies.