NXIVM doctor loses medical license for women’s brand – .

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NXIVM doctor loses medical license for women’s brand – .


ALBANY, NY – New York health officials have revoked the medical license of a doctor from cult group NXIVM who branded 17 women with the initials of group leader Keith Raniere.

A health department hearing panel upheld several counts of professional misconduct against Danielle Roberts, who belonged to a secret group of women within NXIVM called DOS who demanded a “vow of obedience” between the master. and the slave.

Many of the charges come from Roberts using a cautery machine to mark “KAR” on women in their pelvic region without anesthesia “to intentionally cause them pain,” according to the ruling released this week.

The brands were meant to symbolize the status of women as sex slaves for the now-imprisoned self-help guru.

Roberts deviated from the standard of care and “dangerously operated” the tagging device on women, according to the decision first reported by The Times-Union of Albany.

The committee said Roberts was evasive and provocative when testifying. Roberts “denies being brainwashed, but she did not express any real remorse, which for the hearing panel represented her distorted reality and the very real concern that others remain vulnerable to her future marks,” according to the Hearing Panel. decision.

His lawyer, Anthony Scher, said on Friday they were likely to appeal the ruling.

“The evidence in the case was overwhelming that she was not practicing medicine and therefore normal standards that apply to medical practice do not apply,” Scher said.

Raniere – known to members of the upstate New York organization as “Vanguard” and “the smartest man in the world” – was sentenced last year to 120 years in prison for his conviction for racketeering conspiracy and other charges.

NXIVM, whose followers included millionaires and Hollywood actors, was the subject of two television documentaries last year, HBO’s “The Vow” and the Starz series “Seduced: Inside the NXIVM Cult”.

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