How Raniere crooks the legal system (with a partial list of lawyers)


Keith Raniere uses the Bronfman millions to hire attorneys to harass enemies.

Some of the attorneys he has used are:

HARRIS BEACH,  PROSKAUER ROSE LLP, (Scott A. Eggers,  Scott Harshbarger, Douglas C. Rennie, Peter J.W. Sherwin) LATHAM & WATKINS (Robert Crockett)  O’CONNELL & ARONOWITZ,  (Stephen R. Coffey, Joshua E. McMahon, Pamela A. Nichols, Michael McDermott, Andrew R. Safranko, Richard H. Weiskopf) DAMON MOREY LLP,  (Beth A. Bivona, William F. Savino, Bernard Schenkler, Gregory Zini) and more….




Here is the Raniere model:

NXIVM associates undertake numerous lawsuits and other legal actions intended to silence opponents who have been critical of and/or who have important documents and/or information concerning the company’s operations and/or Raniere’ s lifestyle.

Some of the victims are Barbara J. Bouchey; Susan F. Dones; Stephanie Franco; Anna Logvin; Paul Martin; Toni F. Natalie; Frank Parlato, Jr.; Rick Ross; Morris Sutton; Rochelle Sutton; Joseph O’Hara, Kim M. Woolhouse.

Wherever possible NXIVM/ESP and their allies have sought to have criminal charges brought against these individuals in an attempt to discredit them and cause them personal harm.

The strategy is this:

(a) Multiple causes-of-action;

(b) Onerous and duplicative demands for documents and records;

(c) Extensive motion practice;

(d) Complaints filed with licensing authorities;

(e) Attempts to have criminal charges brought against the opposing party;

(f) Refusal to produce documents and records;

(g) Refusal to produce witnesses;

(h) Perjured testimony;

(i) One or more requests for substitution of counsel;

(j) One or more requests for a change of venue;

(k) Witness intimidation; and

(1) Co-mingling of cases: e.g., using discovery in one case to obtain evidence and information for use in other cases.

Evidently Raniere and company are not above illegally gaining access to their adversaries text messages, emails, providing false and misleading information to the Office of the Albany County District Attorney, providing false and misleading information to various State and Federal law enforcement authorities in an attempt to get adversaries indicted, requiring adversaries they are suing to produce documents and records which were already in the possession of NXIVM thereby forcing them to needlessly expend time and money on this effort; initiating baseless lawsuits and other legal actions against adversaries and abusing the legal process with respect to those lawsuits and other legal actions, thereby requiring adversaries to needlessly expend money on legal fees and eventually forcing several to file for bankruptcy protection; and filing baseless Adversary Proceedings in the adversaries bankruptcy cases, thereby causing adversaries to incur additional legal expenses – and delaying the resolution of those cases.

Raniere, who is also known as Vanguard, is a teacher of ethics and compassion, he says.

One might think to ask him, why does such an ethical, compassionate man needs such a battery of lawyers?


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Sally Field
Sally Field
7 years ago

“One might think to ask him, why does such an ethical, compassionate man needs such a battery of lawyers?”

Raniere would respond and say “the brighter the light, the greater the bugs.” Or something silly like that to produce the same effect. The Bronfman millions used to engage in frivolous litigation and harassment are simply his robotically controlled and enormous fly swatters. I think it’s high time that someone simply pulled the plug on the guy’s scam. Then the so-called bugs will go away.

About the Author

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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