‘Sect and the city’: Striking photo shows bosses of ‘orgasm cult’ OneTaste leave NYC courthouse with female entourage, after two of them were charged with forcing women into sex acts

It made for a glamorous change to the usual perp walk outside Brooklyn Federal Court.

The founder and former sales boss at ‘orgasmic meditation cult’ OneTaste dressed to impress as they appeared with an entourage of supporters on charges of forcing women into sex and keeping them in ‘residential warehouses’.

But there were no foul shots for Nicole Daedone and Rachel Cherwitz as they faced photographers outside the New York courthouse for a procedural hearing on Thursday.

Their San Francisco-based company earned $12 million a year from their sexual dysfunction treatments for women that included having a man massage the genitals with a latex glove.

It won praise from celebrities including Gwyneth Paltrow and Khloe Kardashian and welcomed 35,000 people to its events in 2018.

OneTaste founder Nicole Daedone, center, walked out of court today with CEO Anjuli Ayer, former head of sales Rachel Cherwitz and a crowd of supporters.

OneTaste founder Nicole Daedone, center, walked out of court today with CEO Anjuli Ayer, former head of sales Rachel Cherwitz and a crowd of supporters.

Nicole Daedone, 56, founder and former CEO of OneTaste, surrendered at the Brooklyn federal courthouse last year

Nicole Daedone, 56, founder and former CEO of OneTaste, surrendered at the Brooklyn federal courthouse last year

The company earned $12 million a year from its seminars and treatment programs before an FBI investigation into allegations of abuse

The company earned $12 million a year from its seminars and treatment programs before an FBI investigation into allegations of abuse

But the FBI launched an investigation in November of that year after former clients came forward and said they were left in debt after paying for expensive classes, and former employees said they were ordered to have sex with potential investors .

Former staff member Ayries Blanck filed a lawsuit against the company in August 2015, alleging that they subjected her to a ‘hostile work environment, sexual harassment, failure to pay minimum wage and intentional infliction of emotional distress’.

But she was sued by the group for breaking a non-disclosure agreement when she contributed to the 2022 Netflix documentary Orgasm Inc: The Story of OneTaste.

Blanck’s sister Autymn repeated claims that OneTaste ‘sanctioned violence’ and ‘found strangers to rape her’.

Prosecutors say that Daedone and former head of sales, Rachel Cherwitz, deployed a series of abusive and manipulative tactics against volunteers, contractors and employees.

They also claim that the duo made OneTaste members dependent on the group for their shelter and basic necessities and limited their independence and control.

The company operated in 39 cities, including New York, San Francisco, Denver, Las Vegas, Boulder, Los Angeles, Austin and London, but some former customers claimed they were ‘raped’ after becoming involved with the company. with one telling the BBC she was attacked by a man called ‘Jake’.

The company closed all their US locations in 2018 and stopped all in-person classes, and Anjuli Ayer, who became CEO in 2017, has not been charged.

But she told USAOnlinePost.com last year that the claims were ‘completely false’, and that consent is the ‘first thing’ they learn.

“I didn’t expect a five-year snowball campaign of negative allegations against us,” she added.

The group promoted 'orgasmic meditation' that Nicole Daedone demonstrated on former CEO Rachel Cherwitz at this LA event in 2022

The group promoted ‘orgasmic meditation’ that Nicole Daedone demonstrated on former CEO Rachel Cherwitz at this LA event in 2022

Former employee Ayries Blanck claimed the company 'forced her to have sex and participate in orgasmic meditation with OneTaste staff, supervisors and customers'

Former employee Ayries Blanck claimed the company ‘forced her to have sex and participate in orgasmic meditation with OneTaste staff, supervisors and customers’

“You take women and you take sexuality and then you put it together with some people who are troubled in some way and want to tell lies.”

‘It’s not Nicole and Rachel who are being accused, it’s Eros who is being accused. And it’s in a way, even among the people in that courtroom, it’s a conversation between women.

Daedone and Cherwitz have both pleaded not guilty to the charges and are free on $1 million and $300,000 bonds, respectively, but face up to 20 years in prison if convicted.

The company has already spent $15 million in legal fees and a judge at today’s conference hearing set for the start of the trial in January next year.

A further court date has been set for April 4.