Sex cult doctor branded leader’s initials into victims’ skin with no anaesthetic

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A doctor has been stripped of her medical license after she branded NXIVM cult leader Kieth Raniere’s initials into the skin of at least 17 women without anaesthesia.

Danielle Roberts’ medical license was revoked by the New York State Department of Health on Friday (October 1) after she was found to have engaged in 12 forms of misconduct.

The Mail reported how the leader of the so-called ‘self-help’ group Keith Raniere, 61, was sentenced to 120 years in prison.

High up member and former actress Allison Mack, 39, was sentenced to three years in prison for sex trafficking, racketeering, and forced labour. Nancy Salzman received three and a half years.

However, 40-year-old Roberts has not received a prison sentence.

The Health Department reported she refused to disclose her involvement, the whereabouts of the branding videos, or who was in the room at the time.

An unidentified victim told the Health Department it felt like 'an acute fire in the most sensitive part of my body,' while another described it as 'incredibly painful.'

Roberts told NBC Dateline that the women 'wanted it' and that they were 'laughing' while in the room with her while it happened.

Sarah Edmondson, who was branded by Roberts, recalled to The New York Times she was told she would be given a tattoo as a part of an initiation.

She claims she was instructed to bring nude images as collateral and upon entering Roberts home, was told to undress and gather around a massage table.

Five women told The New York Times that three other women would hold down one on the table as she was branded and told them to say 'Master, please brand me, it would be an honour,'.

The New York Department of Health concluded that the brandings began after Roberts joined Dominus Obsequious Sororium (DOS), which was a 'secret women's group.'

The DOS was created by '1st line' or original members and that Roberts was a '2nd line' member.

The six women, suffered psychological pain, anxiety, second-degree burns, permanent scarring, and physical pain.

Roberts' lawyer Anthony Z. Scher told the Times Union that the decision was legally incorrect and that she was not acting as a doctor, but as a 'branding technician.'

Roberts is considering an appeal but currently has five days to return her medical license to the New York Department of Health in Albany.

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