Seagram’s Heiress Linked to Nxivm Sex Cult in Court Documents

Clare Bronfman has been named in legal proceedings and is suspected of financing the group.

Actress Allison Mack leaves U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York after a bail hearing, April 24, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
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New legal documents in the Nxivm sex trafficking case involving cult leader Keith Raniere and former Smallville actress Allison Mack also appear to implicate Seagram’s heiress Clare Bronfman as having a key role with the group. In April, Vice wrote that “Heiress to Canadian liquor fortune Clare Bronfman is now in charge of an estimated dozen or more ‘slaves’ spread between New York and Toronto,” citing former Nxivm publicist Frank Parlato. He also said that the heiress might be trying to intimidate ex-Nxivm members so that they won’t testify, which would hurt the case against Raniere.

The documents also mention an heiress who fled to Mexico with Raniere in the wake of the New York Times report on NXIVM. The Times exposé offered accounts of several women who had been inducted into a secret society, DOS, within NXIVM. Rainier has been identified as “master” of DOS (also known as “The Vow”), which mandates that the women act as sex “slaves” for him and be subjected to physical branding to indicate their devotion.

Bronfman is allegedly behind the cease-and-desist letters that several DOS victims have recently received from a Mexican attorney. She has also made attempts to have criminal charges brought against a former DOS “slave” who discussed her experience in the media. Earlier legal documents have identified Bronfman as Raniere’s financial backer. But in a December 2017 post on her website, Bronfman claimed she was not a member of the group, although she did write that “the sorority has truly benefited the lives of its members, and does so freely.”

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