NXIVM, Bronfman & Parlato; who is the victim? – a lawyer gives his opinion

Clare Bronfman [left] with her sister Sara Bronfman-Igtet.


This article originally appeared in the Niagara Falls Reporter, which is owned by Frank Parlato.

Darryl McPherson Esq, Attorney and Managing Editor of the Front Page.

By Darryl McPherson, Esq.

On October 17, 2017, the New York Times published a story highlighting some of the brutal activities connected to the self-help organization known as NXIVM, which included branding women with the initials of its leader, Keith Raniere.  NXIVM, and its affiliated entities, have been abusing women and exploiting its membership for years, apparently with unbridled impunity.

The release of the New York Times story serves somewhat to vindicate the efforts of Niagara Falls Reporter publisher Frank Parlato, who broke the story of the branding in his newspaper and on his blog, the Frank Report, in June 2017.  Mr. Parlato has been in the forefront of reporting on the abuses of Mr. Raniere and NXIVM for years, since he personally became ensnared in the organization’s vicious web of litigious vindictiveness.

NXIVM has used the legal system against its enemies from the beginning, financed by the contributions of Clare and Sara Bronfman, heiresses to the Seagram liquor fortune, and willing thralls of Mr. Raniere.  They primarily go after journalists who have written negative things about the group or its founder.  They also will not hesitate to go after people who leave the organization, and reveal some of the unsavory aspects of the operation.

Mr. Parlato was never a member of NXIVM.  He was initially brought on as a consultant to promote NXIVM and later on to help rescue a failing real estate deal in California.  The Bronfmans later sued Mr. Parlato, claiming he had defrauded them of $1 million.  That suit would generate a criminal prosecution, which is currently winding its way through federal and state courts.  Mr. Parlato vehemently denies the charges.

In 2008, Mr. Parlato signed a Letter of Intent (LOI), which detailed that he would receive 33.33% of net profits generated from his management of a real property development venture.  That would serve as his compensation.  He would also receive a one million dollar advance, which would be deducted from the net profits he was projected to receive.  That sum would also constitute a lien against his interest in a Niagara Falls property.  Though Mr. Parlato signed the LOI, the Bronfmans apparently did not.

Subsequently, in March 2011, during a trial in California, Clare Bronfman was shown the LOI, identified Frank Parlato’s signature, but was unsure about the agreement as it related to the million dollars.  She felt there was an agreement to loan Mr. Parlato a million dollars in a separate agreement (that has never been produced) and that there was never any agreement to pay 33.33% of the net profits, which is why the LOI was not signed.

However, in June of 2011, before a grand jury, she testified that the LOI was the “initial agreement” that she recalled “actually being entered into.”

When Clare Bronfman sued Mr. Parlato in New York, in April 2012, she stated in her verified complaint that the Bronfmans loaned Mr. Parlato one million dollars as a demand loan without a written agreement.

Yet when the federal government indicted Mr. Parlato, based on representations made by the Bronfmans, it was alleged that there was a written 2008 agreement to pay Mr. Parlato one million dollars for his services to the Bronfmans.

Consistently, Clare Bronfman has twisted the circumstances to suit her own goals under oath, obfuscating the truth and allowing the government to prosecute Mr. Parlato under the guise that she was defrauded.

She conveniently displayed certainty that the Letter of Intent was not entered into because of the 33.33% compensation deal in March 2011, but then relies on the terms of that same agreement to explain paying one million dollars to Mr. Parlato.  Who’s defrauding whom?

In other cases pursued by Mr. Raniere and Clare Bronfman, the judges often caught on to the vindictive nature of their litigation.

This is the guile and ingenuity that operates at the top of NXIVM.  Mr. Raniere has used the Bronfmans’ money to perpetuate this scheme on hundreds of people.  Now the national spotlight has finally fallen upon the self-proclaimed “Vanguard”.  Almost certainly, there will be other crimes uncovered.  While it may be too late for the branded victims, hopefully the authorities will take heed and act in the interests of true justice.

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6 years ago

Why are the comments being deleted? I left a comment left night andnow I see that it and several other comments disappearred during the night.

Liar liar pants on fire
Liar liar pants on fire
6 years ago

Clare Bronfman, Keith Raniere & Nancy Salzman have all filed lawsuits where they have lists in court because they got caught lying more than once.

How is it that Clare can get financials on judges, reporters, lawyers and public officials and be stupid enough to turn around and sue the company she hired to get this information because she didn’t think it was accurate?

How is it that Keith can walk into a court room in Texas trying to sue Microsoft & AT&T over patent infringement and he cannot prove to the court he owns the patent . But continues to lie time after time that he lost the paper work, can’t remember where the paper is or had a verbal agreement . Well he couldn’t pull the wool over that judges eyes , she finally had a kick them out with the cowgirl boots and called him the big fat liar . To top it all off , the judge sanctioned him over million dollars in attorney fees .

Nancy Salzman place in Continental Airlines for losing a computer that she forgot to pick up on the tarmac . Not only that but it was years later that she went after them . Long after the statute of limitations had ended . How stupid is that ?

So to Claire and Sara Bronfman think that Frank Parlato was gonna go to California and clear up the real estate debacle for free ? Who are they trying to fool ? Kinda makes you wonder how the feds bought that lie.

Toni Natalie
Toni Natalie
6 years ago

The three things Keith Raniere didn’t think of, maternal instinct, the Internet, or the Frank Report.

6 years ago
Reply to  Toni Natalie

Toni, you win as poster-child for post-Raniere recovery !!

Don’t forget, don’t forgive, but don’t let it keep you from living and loving !

You Rock Toni
You Rock Toni
6 years ago
Reply to  Toni Natalie

He also forgot that although you can cheat on a take home IQ test and pretend to be the smartest man in the world, there are those who are actually smarter and have better memories than Kreepy Keith 🙂

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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Phone / Text: (305) 783-7083
Email: frankreport76@gmail.com


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