Reader asks: ‘How do you justify suing a company you hired to dig up dirt?’

A reader writes to ask: “How do you explain or justify suing a company you hired to dig up dirt? How is this even seeing a court room?”

The reader is referring to the lawsuit recently commenced by Clare Bronfman against Canaprobe Investigations, 538 Rue Mcgill, Longueuil, Québec, who were hired by her and paid more than $1 million to investigate certain NXIVM adversaries and people who might be adversaries.  The discovery in this case should be very intriguing.

Some NXIVM critics including Kristin Keeffe has said the method of investigation included probing bank accounts and other financial assets was illegal. The Bronfmans are now suing the company claiming that they were lied to and given bogus information.

The reason that the lawsuit discovery phase should be interesting is that it should give the public a glimpse of how the Bronfman/Raniere team sought to probe others and who they intended to probe.

I answered the question of the reader – particularly the second part of the question: “How is this even seeing a court room”:

My answer was:

Money. Lawyers and money, and Keith Raniere pushing constantly. It is astounding to me how susceptible the courts and law enforcement are to the influence of a lot of money.  It is shocking really. But I believe Raniere is on dangerous turf [in this Canaprobe lawsuit] in Canada – for things my come out in discovery that can be used against him in the US. His constant pushing of the Bronfmans [to sue] – someday, maybe soon, may prompt someone in law enforcement to take him on — Raniere may be scared; he may be protected – but someone in law enforcement might take him on.”




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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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