I did not know about Raniere’s cruelty

A reader was curious about my contact with Keith Raniere and so I will give the short answer:.

I had regular access to Keith and at the time I liked him quite a bit.

I knew he was different; I thought he was bright, maybe brilliant; he seemed to be enjoying his life and frankly it did not matter to me that he had a number of adoring slaves who he bedded.

At that time I did not know about the underage women he had sex with or the imprisonment.

I assumed the sexual relationships with his students were entirely consensual.

I found out later that he punished with a vengeance those who did not do as he wished. He made it out as an issue of “justice” and not to punish his enemies was an “ethical breach.”

My own ethic is that having a different opinion, or making a different choice, than Raniere would prefer, is deserving of no punishment at all.

And any punishment for actual damaging actions (assuming such occurred) should be limited to recovery of damages, not years and tens of millions of dollars worth of legal harassment.

And if Raniere actually loves humanity as much as he claims, after recovering the damages he would forgive.

I am aware of no case where he has ever forgiven.

It wasn’t until much later did I realize how cruel he could be to the women who left him.


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

Parlato has 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, which was ironic since many credit Parlato as being one of the primary architects of his arrest and the cratering of the cult he founded.

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