Look out Raniere will come after you, reader warns

Keith Raniere
Screenshot of Keith Raniere speaking of love, compassion and ethics in a video.
Today I received this email
Congratulations on having the cojones to continue taking on NXIVM!

You can expect to be the target of defamation lawsuits.  These will have monetary damage claims, but there are two other goals: shutting you up, and as a tool to access information about you and your informants….

NXIVM has an extra tool to use against informants who have ever been ESP/NXIVM student.  They were required to sign non-disclosure agreements about the course material, and NXIVM lawyers try to expand that to any statements about NXIVM at all.  So even true statements are actionable.  (Possibly by now the NDA more explicitly goes beyond the course material).

And there is a clever clause in the NDA that makes the student liable for NXIVM’s legal fees if NXIVM wins.  NXIVM has the resources (the Bronfman girls) to run up gigantic legal bills without feeling the pain.  Even if the actual provable damages to NXIVM are minimal, the legal bills are enough to bankrupt nearly anyone.  So NXIVM can coerce the student into into accepting an injunction of silence, rather than going to court where they risk losing the case and being bankrupted.  (NXIVM also loves to bring legal actions to block bankruptcy!)

NXIVM may be able to use a defamation suit as an excuse to subpoena your email accounts and computers.  They will want to find out the identities of your informants so they can attack them….

They are notorious for using information gained in one case to pursue another case.  For instance, they could search your subpoened business records for evidence of other activities that they could color as illegal, and have one of their tame district attorneys bring criminal action.

You should also expect your computer systems to be hacked.  Recall that they installed a keystroke logger on Edgar Bronfman’s computer through an email attachment.  You should expect that some of the emails you have received or will receive are from active NXIVM members, with attachments to take over your computer.  They may also try to remotely take over your computers through means other than emails.  They have the resources to hire very talented hackers….

Finally, you should contact the people who NXIVM has gone after in the past, to find out about legal and computer attacks they have suffered, so you know what to expect.  John Tighe, Joseph O’Hara (both in prison), the Albany Times-Union newspaper and reporter John Odato, Vanity Fair magazine and reporter Suzanna Andrews, ex-NXIVM members Toni Foley Natalie, Barbara Bouchey, Susan Dones, and Kim Woolhouse, and cult deprogrammer Rick Ross.

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Frank Parlato

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Frank Parlato is an investigative journalist.

His work has been cited in hundreds of news outlets, like The New York Times, The Daily Mail, VICE News, CBS News, Fox News, New York Post, New York Daily News, Oxygen, Rolling Stone, People Magazine, The Sun, The Times of London, CBS Inside Edition, among many others in all five continents.

His work to expose and take down NXIVM is featured in books like “Captive” by Catherine Oxenberg, “Scarred” by Sarah Edmonson, “The Program” by Toni Natalie, and “NXIVM. La Secta Que Sedujo al Poder en México” by Juan Alberto Vasquez.

Parlato has been prominently featured on HBO’s docuseries “The Vow” and was the lead investigator and coordinating producer for Investigation Discovery’s “The Lost Women of NXIVM.” Parlato was also credited in the Starz docuseries "Seduced" for saving 'slave' women from being branded and escaping the sex-slave cult known as DOS.

Additionally, Parlato’s coverage of the group OneTaste, starting in 2018, helped spark an FBI investigation, which led to indictments of two of its leaders in 2023.

Parlato appeared on the Nancy Grace Show, Beyond the Headlines with Gretchen Carlson, Dr. Oz, American Greed, Dateline NBC, and NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt, where Parlato conducted the first-ever interview with Keith Raniere after his arrest. This was ironic, as many credit Parlato as one of the primary architects of his arrest and the cratering of the cult he founded.

Parlato is a consulting producer and appears in TNT's The Heiress and the Sex Cult, which premiered on May 22, 2022. Most recently, he consulted and appeared on Tubi's "Branded and Brainwashed: Inside NXIVM," which aired January, 2023.

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