Legendary columnist, Richard Johnson on Sen. Gillibrand & NXIVM in NY Post

Legendary journalist Richard Johnson writes about NXIVM in his Page Six column in the New York Post.

November 23, 2017: Thanksgiving Day

Today, Richard Johnson’s Page Six column in the New York Post was on the topic of US Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and NXIVM. The headline: Secretive Upstate Group Had Gillibrand’s Dad on Payroll

Page Six is probably America’s best known and best read gossip column.

Today, Mr. Johnson, whose ‘whispers roar with a patrician manner and acerbic pen’ outed the role of US. Sen. Gillibrand’s attorney/lobbyist father, Doug Rutnik, who once worked for NXIVM, was sued by the cult and several of its members (including Barbara Bouchey and the Bronfman brats), and refunded the cult his entire $100,000 fee.

Mr. Johnson reminds readers that NXIVM’s “leader Keith Raniere, aka Vanguard, has a secret sorority of young, attractive women who are branded like cattle with his initials and forced to hand over nude photos as ‘collateral’ in case they disobey him.”

“Court records show that the group, said to have spent more than $1 million a month on legal fees, has been involved in more than 50 lawsuits over the years.”

“Nxivm’s biggest financial supporter, Seagram heiress Clare Bronfman, contributed $2,400 to Gillibrand’s 2010 special-election campaign, records show.”

Mr. Johnson concludes his column with a hard-to-believe quote from a spokesman for Sen. Gillibrand who claimed the Senator  “never heard of this group until she recently read about them in the newspaper.”

Mr. Johnson has written about NXIVM before:

10/29/17 India Oxenberg’ dad speaks out-about daughter involved in cult

11/07/17  Catherine Oxenberg meets with officials over daughters cult involvement

11/23/17 Secretive Upstate Group Had Gillibrand’s Dad on Payroll



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In A New York State of Mind
In A New York State of Mind
6 years ago

Even if Sen. Gillibrand had never heard about NXIVM “until she recently read about them in the newspaper” (which sounds like total bullshit), the question still remains: WHAT IS SHE GOING TO DO ABOUT THEM NOW? This group’s operational headquarters are in New York State, it operates as a criminal enterprise in several locations in New York State, and it has bought off or scared off federal, state and local officials in New York State to the point that they won’t even investigate its criminal activities, let alone prosecute anyone. So, how about a Senate Hearing on the cult and its activities? Doesn’t that sound like a reasonable action for Sen Gillibrand to take? Especially given her new-found concern over sexual harassment…

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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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