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The Vow Part 2 Premieres 18 October on Binge



The Vow Part Two, premiering 18 October on Binge, provides an exclusive look into Raniere’s inner circle, including Nancy Salzman, the co-founder of NXIVM, against the backdrop of the federal trial that The United States is waging against Keith Raniere. As new information and shocking revelations are revealed, it follows the legal and emotional journeys of the group’s founders, supporters, and defectors. Meanwhile, federal prosecutors and defence lawyers engage in a legal struggle over differing theories of justice in a case that has garnered widespread media attention.

Exclusive phone interviews with Keith Raniere from behind bars are part of the documentary series, and Nancy Salzman has extensive access. Salzman discusses her involvement in the development of NXIVM and her relationship with Raniere before grappling with the fact that she helped build a group that was accused of encouraging predatory behaviour and criminal activity. Former members Mark Vicente, Bonnie Piesse, Sarah Edmondson, Vero Jaspeado, Karen Unterreiner, and Raniere supporters Marc Elliot, Nicki Clyne, Michele Hatchette, and Eduardo Asunsolo are among the other participants. Defense lawyer Marc Agnifilo, lead prosecutor Moira Penza, and psychological manipulation specialist Diane Benscoter are also present.

HBO Documentary Films presents The Vow Part Two. Directed by Jehane Noujaim; series producer Rosadel Varela; produced by Mona Eldaief, Dan Hacker, Richard Hankin, John Miller-Monzon, and Claire Reade; co-produced by Marina Nieto Ritger and Hana Wuerker; executive produced by Karim Amer, Geralyn White Dreyfous, Nina Fialkow, Lyn Davis Lear, Mike Lerner, and Jehane Noujaim. For HBO: executive producers Nancy Abraham, Lisa Heller, and Sara Rodriguez.

Episode 1: “Tests of Loyalty”
Debut date: Tuesday, October 18
Prosecutor Moira Penza and defense attorney Marc Agnifilo prepare for trial after the arrest of Keith Raniere, Nancy Salzman, Clare Bronfman, Allison Mack and Lauren Salzman. DOS members Nicki Clyne and Michele Hatchette offer a different perspective into NXIVM, DOS, and Raniere, while Nancy Salzman, under house arrest, sits down to speak with the filmmakers.

Episode 2: “Rapport”
Debut date: Tuesday, October 25
Nancy Salzman looks back at her professional and personal relationship with Keith Raniere and defends her intentions with the company: to help people achieve lasting, personal growth through Executive Success Programs. The first witnesses in the trial are called to the stand, including defector Mark Vicente and Raniere victim Sylvie.

Episode 3: “Stimulus and Response”
Debut date: Tuesday, November 1
Marc Agnifilo presents his case attesting to the good work of NXIVM; Marc Elliot remains loyal to Keith Raniere after he claims the symptoms of his Tourette’s syndrome were successfully reduced by Nancy Salzman. First-line DOS member and NXIVM leader, Lauren Salzman takes the stand… for the prosecution!

Episode 4: “The Breach”
Debut date: Tuesday, November 8
Lauren Salzman testifies to decades of manipulation at the hands of Keith Raniere, a man she loved. Her loyalty and devotion eventually turned her into both a victim and victimizer of other women. NXIVM supporters are unconvinced by the evidence presented in court. Nancy Salzman grapples with learning the extent of Raniere’s sexual pursuit of both of her daughters.

Episode 5: “The Room”
Debut date: Tuesday, November 15
A witness for the prosecution gives heart-wrenching testimony about how Keith Raniere groomed her from a very young age and describes the coercive abuse she suffered at his hands, including being isolated in a room for two years. We learn the witness’s younger sister was preyed upon by Raniere; this shocking and overwhelming evidence finally convinced Nancy Salzman to plead guilty and disavow Raniere. The trial concludes and all await the verdict.

Episode 6: “Crime and Punishment” (Finale)
Debut date: Tuesday, November 22
Keith Raniere is found guilty on all charges, including racketeering, sex trafficking, forced labor conspiracy, identity theft and production and possession of child pornography. Many survivors of his abuse come forward to deliver powerful victim impact statements and he is sentenced to 120 years. His supporters work to exonerate him, and he plans to appeal. Nancy Salzman comes to a painful reckoning; she is sentenced to 42 months in federal prison.