Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Seagram Heiress Sentenced to Six Years in Prison for Her ‘Predator’ Role in NXIVM Sex Cult

*An heir to the Seagram’s liquor fortune has been sentenced to a little over six years in prison for her role in the NXIVM sex-cult.

Clare Bronfman, 41, is accused of using her fortune to silence victims of the group’s leader, Keith Raniere

NXIVM is a self-described personal and professional development program, which Bronfman first joined in 2003 to help her find purpose in her overly privileged life. She ultimately moved up to the group’s executive board, while female members were allegedly coerced into sexual slavery.

Several women testified how they obeyed their “masters,” and were pressured to have sex with Raniere. They were even branded with his initials as well as those of Raniere’s puppet, “Smallville” actress Allison Mack.

“Do you think the person who’s being branded should be completely nude and sort of held to the table like a, sort of almost like a sacrifice,” Raniere said in a recording that was played during his trail over the summer. 

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Here’s more from Complex

During a hearing on Wednesday, nine victims discussed how Bronfman devastated their lives, with some describing how the heiress continually sued them and even had local prosecutors file criminal charges against them. Several of the women urged Bronfman to condemn the group’s leader, Keith Raniere after she previously told a judge that she still believed in him.

Last June, Raniere was convicted of racketeering, sex trafficking, fraud, and other crimes. Prior to his trial, Bronfman and four other higher-ups pleaded guilty, including recruiter and former Smallville actress Allison Mack.

Bronfman, who reportedly spent at least $116 million on the organization, pled guilty to two charges in connection to identity theft and immigration fraud. 

Raniere, accused of recruiting women to be his sexual partners, is facing multiple charges, including racketeering, sex trafficking, sexual exploitation of a child and human trafficking. He has pleaded not guilty to all charges, CNN reports. 

Mack, a co-defendant in the case, pleaded guilty to racketeering charges before the start of the trial.  

HBO is currently airing a documentary about the NXIVM cult titled “The Vow.”

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is a screenwriter and freelance reporter from Chicago -- currently living in Los Angeles and covering A-list entertainment for various outlets, including Emmys.com. She has worked for: Miramax, MTV & VH1, The Jim Henson Company, Hallmark Channel, Paramount Pictures, and for iconic indie film producer Roger Corman.

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