Seagram’s heiress Clare Bronfman sentenced to greater than 6 years for function in Nxivm intercourse cult


September 30, 2020 | 4:09pm | Up to date September 30, 2020 | 4:42pm

Seagram’s liquor heiress and Nxivm cult member Clare Bronfman was sentenced to greater than six years in jail in Brooklyn federal court docket Wednesday for her function within the upstate cult.

The daughter of late Canadian billionaire Edgar Bronfman Sr. pleaded responsible final yr to expenses associated to the infamous group and its sex-trafficking svengali, Keith Raniere.

Bronfman, 41, confronted 30 months behind bars below federal sentencing tips for expenses of conspiracy to hide and harbor an unlawful alien for monetary achieve and fraudulent use of identification, though prosecutors had sought twice that.

“There could be little doubt that Raniere wouldn’t have been capable of commit the crimes with which he was convicted have been it not for highly effective allies like Bronfman,” they wrote in latest court docket paperwork.

A decide on Wednesday in the end handed down a sentence of 81 months in jail.

Clare Bronfman
Clare BronfmanAP

She is the primary particular person to be sentenced within the case. 4 others, together with the convicted Raniere and former “Smallville” TV actress Allison Mack, who pleaded responsible to racketeering and conspiracy expenses, are nonetheless awaiting their fates.

As a high-level member of Nxivm, Bronfman recruited younger ladies into the nation illegally, prosecutors mentioned.

She made one of many ladies her private assistant — and would instruct her by e-mail on how you can make oatmeal for her canine, court docket papers mentioned.

Bronfman, as soon as a high equestrian together with her sights set on the Olympics, additionally recruited a wannabe skilled horse-rider into Nxivm — however the girl was finally groomed for Raniere’s perverted sexual pleasure, based on court docket testimony.

The lady advised the court docket throughout Raniere’s trial that she turned a “slave” in a secret sub-group of Nxivm known as DOS — then was ordered to “seduce” Raniere.

Bronfman used some of her large $210 million fortune to fund Nxivm, in addition to silence Raniere’s victims and perceived enemies of Nxivm, based on court docket papers.

As a part of her plea cope with prosecutors, she agreed to forfeit $6 million.

Bronfman’s attorneys had been searching for three years’ probation for her, noting in a submitting on Monday that she might have a critical liver dysfunction. They denied she knew something about DOS.

Her attorneys, Ron Sullivan and Duncan Levin, claimed in court docket papers that the feds have been “searching for to put the blame for DOS at [her] ft as a result of she has a big checkbook.”

A few of Raniere’s victims testified at his trial that they have been starved, branded like cattle along with his initials and compelled to have intercourse with him. In the event that they refused, they have been whipped and subjected to different humiliating punishments, based on trial testimony.

Raniere, 60, was discovered responsible of expenses together with racketeering and sex-trafficking final yr. He faces as much as life in jail when sentenced subsequent month.

Bronfman’s attorneys had mentioned in court docket papers that their shopper nonetheless “stands by each the group and Mr. Raniere for the great good they did for hundreds of individuals.”

Mack, who was Raniere’s major henchwoman and served as one among DOS’s masters, pleaded responsible to racketeering, and is but to be sentenced.

Nxivm president Nancy Salzman, her daughter Lauren Salzman, and the group’s bookkeeper Kathy Russell every copped to expenses starting from racketeering to visa fraud.


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