A few thoughts on the note from Clare Bronfman

Clare Bronfman is the financial strength behind Keith Raniere.

A note from Clare Bronfman on December 14th, 2017 got me thinking:

She wrote:

The past few months have been deeply painful for me, as I have seen my friends, associates, and the organization I care for come under fire.

Was it as painful as a hot branding iron?


Some have asked me why I remain a member and why I still support…  Keith Raniere. The answer is simple: I’ve seen so much good come from … Keith himself.
It would be a tragedy to lose the innovative and transformational ideas and tools that continue to improve the lives of so many.
There have been many defamatory accusations made ….

Like what? Defamation requires damaging the good reputation of someone; it is slander or libel, and must be untrue to be defamatory. What has been untrue in the accusations made about Keith to date? Are there not women branded with his initials? Did he not rape underage women? Did he not lose more than $150 million of you and your sister’s money? Did he not approve of blackmailing women? Did he not tell you to perjure yourself in court dozens of times? Did he not deny his own son? Did he not lie to many women about his harem and deceive them with his promise of motherhood? These are the main accusations. Which of these are untrue?


Determining the truth is extremely important to me, and I can say firmly that neither NXIVM nor Keith have abused or coerced anyone.

Since when is determining the truth important to you? How can you firmly state anything since you have become an enormous liar since you first met Keith?


Healthier? How about the women of DOS?
I am happy, healthy and financially more successful than I have ever been.

Could you prove that you are financially more successful?


Keith Raniere swallowed up more than $150 million of Clare and Sara Bronfman’s money, according to court filings.


I have seen world leaders, business leaders, doctors [seek Keith’s advice]

What world leaders? What business leaders? This is pure nonsense. Name them! Although it is true that  the doctors – Dr. Brandon Porter and Dr. Danielle Roberts – sought Keith’s advice and, by following it, are likely to be ex-doctors shortly.


I am inspired by the humility and compassion with which he approaches them all.

Humility? Is that why he wants to be called Vanguard, have students bow to him, pay to attend his 10 day birthday celebrations, and sign confidentiality agreements vowing to never reveal anything he teaches.[Should knowledge that could help humanity – “innovative and transformational ideas and tools” – be kept secret unless people have enough money to pay?]

And so humble he even allows women to be branded with his initials.  BTW, have YOU been branded yet, Clare?


I know him to be a man dedicated to the betterment of the lives of others,

If he is so dedicated, then why is he such a failure at it?  Why are there so many people who feel he has hurt them immensely?


[M]ost importantly for me, he is a dear friend who has and continues to help me through the difficult decisions and painful moments in my life, including my father’s illness and eventual death.

I have heard from multiple sources that Clare’s father died in despair over what Keith Raniere did to his two daughters. That was no secret. Edgar Bronfman Sr. told many people that. He called NXIVM a cult publicly.  Perhaps Keith helped her get over the guilt of a wicked daughter who hacked her own father’s computer and shared his private info with Keith Raniere. Whose behavior toward her father was so horrendous that he died admittedly a broken man – often weeping during his last days – according to family and friend’s accounts – despite his wealth. It is said sometimes the vision clears for those nearing the end. Did Edgar Bronfman Sr. peer into the future and see the ruin his daughters created and eventually must harvest upon themselves?

Such a friend is her dear Keith.


Lastly, while I am not and never have been a member of the sorority, I was reassured to hear from one of the leading forensic psychiatrists in the country, … conclude that the sorority has not coerced nor abused anyone.

Who is that leading forensic psychiatrist? It cannot be Park Dietz, for he admitted he only examined one person [later revealed to be India Oxenberg] and he specifically told the New York Times he was not hired to examine the sorority [DOS.]  So either Clare is lying [as usual] or there is another leading forensic psychiatrist, or she needs a psychiatrist herself.


In fact, the sorority has truly benefited the lives of its members.

How does she know this? What is her criteria for judging? How many women in DOS were interviewed? Has she spoken with ex-members who claim the opposite? Most likely, this  woman and her humble and kind master Raniere are trying to lodge criminal complaints against one or more of them. But it may backfire this time.

By the way is it really fair to call it a sorority when it is headed by a man?


I find no fault in a group of women (or men for that matter) freely taking a vow of loyalty and friendship with one another to feel safe while pushing back against the fears that have stifled their personal and professional growth.

Really, a vow of loyalty to each other? But was the vow they signed to one another – or was the vow they signed to obey Keith? May we see the written vow? Was it freely taking a vow of loyalty, if they were lied to and fraudulently induced to give blackmail-worthy material and branded after being told it was going to be a tattoo?


It’s not for any of us to judge how they, or anyone else, choose to advance their lives and values.

Why do I feel that Keith Raniere wrote this note from Clare?

Humble Keith Raniere.

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  • “It’s not for any of us to judge how they, or anyone else, choose to advance their lives and values.”

    Bullshit. I’ve never met anyone who hasn’t judged another person. Everyone judges whether it’s face to face, behind someone’s back in front of other people, or in their mind only.

    Even these cult clowns are always judging people outside of their own little clique.

  • Great comments. FYI- I was NOT interviewed about my brief experience in the “sorority”. I personally know 13 other women who left. NONE OF US WERE INTERVIEWED about our experience. Clare is full of shit. If she really wanted to know the truth, she should ask ANY of her coaches from Albany, Vancouver and Mexico who not only left DOS, but left ESP as soon as they figured out how fucked up this all was. Those ESP coaches emailed the entire executive board (and off of the upper ranks) back in June of 2016, asking for their collateral back. NONE of them got a response. How come it took 6 months to even get this statement from Clare? This company is the opposite of everything it teaches. The correct response of claims from ex DOS members from Clare would be “HOLY SHIT! Some members of my company went rogue and started branding keith’s initials on my team’s pubic areas?! How did this happen? Are these women ok?”. Clare is a sick woman. NEVER a business owner, friend or humanitarian.

  • i think she was attractive before Keith got his hooks into her – but this flying monkey is wearing all of her ugly misdeeds on her face –

  • She may not be smart but she is not good looking either. I hear she has money but even that doesn’t seem to much either for her looks or her brains. She is the richest ugly and the ugliest rich girl and the richest dummy and the dumbest rich Chick the old world has ever seen. Lord forgive her she’s horrid.

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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