ALBANY, NY (AP) — New York health officials have revoked the medical license of a doctor from the cult-like group NXIVM, which branded 17 women with the name of the group’s leader, Keith Raniere.
A Department of Health hearing committee upheld several counts of professional misconduct against Danielle Roberts, who belonged to a secret women’s group within the NXIVM called the Dos, which made a “pledge of obedience” between the master and the slave. was needed.
Several counts by Roberts for using the brand “KAR” on women in their pelvic area without anesthesia “intentionally to give them pain,” according to a decision released this week.
These brands were a symbol of women’s status as sex slaves for the now-jailed self-help guru.
According to the decision, first reported by the Times-Union of Albany, Roberts deviated from the standard of care and “operated dangerously” branding devices on women.
The committee noted that Roberts was evasive and defiant during his testimony. Roberts “denies being brainwashed, yet expressed no real remorse, which represented to the hearing committee her distorted reality and very real concern that others remain vulnerable to her future branding,” according to the decision. .
His lawyer, Anthony Sher, said on Friday that he could appeal the decision.
“The evidence in the case was overwhelming that she was not practicing medicine and therefore the usual standards that apply to medical practice do not apply,” Sher said.
Raniere – known to members of the New York organization as a “vanguard” and “the smartest man in the world” – was sentenced last year to 120 years in prison, pleading guilty to conspiracy and other charges. Was.
NXIVM, whose followers included millionaires and Hollywood actors, was the subject of two TV documentary series last year, HBO’s “The Vov” and the Starz series “Seduced: Inside the NXIVM Cult.”