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The founder of an “orgasm cult” is facing accusations of coercing members of the group to engage in sexual activities with millionaires, who were potential investors in the organization, over more than a decade.
Nicole Daedone, leader of OneTaste – a wellness company that promoted “orgasmic meditation” for women – appeared in a New York (USA) court on Thursday (1/2). She has pleaded not guilty to a federal criminal charge of forced labor conspiracy.
The former head of sales, Rachel Cherwitz, is also involved in the case. During the procedural hearing, Judge Diane Gujarati set a provisional trial date for the pair on January 13 next year.
Prosecutors said Daedone and Cherwitz ran the business like a cult, attracting individuals who had faced past trauma, claiming the organization could cure sexual dysfunctions. According to reports from the “NY Post”, the indictment alleges that the defendants then forced members into debt and subjected them to forms of “economic, sexual, emotional and psychological abuse”, including “surveillance, indoctrination and intimidation” to force them to work without pay.
The judge overseeing the case gave prosecutors until Feb. 16 to file a motion explaining why the charges should stay.
Daedone and Cherwitz are accused of conspiracy to commit forced labor in the alleged scheme, which lasted for 14 years until its end in 2018. The company originated in San Francisco (California, USA), but expanded its operations to New York, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and Denver.
In a book, Nicole Daedone said: “I founded OneTaste to awaken our connection to intimacy, to each other, and to the primal source of energy that drives our creativity: sexuality. I created a contemplative discipline around Orgasmic Meditation (OM) that offers an immediate experience of what happens when we release, rather than repress, who we are.”
With information from EXTRA.