Raniere’s new attorney is an expert in sexual assault trials

I don’t think Keith Raniere chose Paul DerOhannesian II to represent NXIVM/Bronfman/Raniere solely because of his skill as a civil litigator.

DerOhannesian’s real expertise is in criminal law and, in particular, sexual assault trials.

According to published reports in the New York Times, the Albany Times Union [and, of course, as first reported in Frank Report] Raniere is under federal investigation. He faces the prospect of being charged with numerous sex crimes.

But before we go farther, I first want to help people pronounce the name, DerOhannasian.

You Tube has several interviews with DerOhannasian. He is or was YNN’s ‘Legal Eagle.’ This video pronounces his name at 34 seconds.

Let me try to help out phonetically: Dare-a-Nxian. [This is not a joke; check it out yourself on You Tube videos.]

But let us return to our topic: Keith Raniere and others in his DOS group may be charged with sexual assault crimes.

DerOhannasian is an expert in defending those charged with sex crimes.

He wrote a book: Sexual Assault Trials, available via Lexis Nexis. It is in its 4th edition. It is available in hard cover or as an e-book. The cost is a pricey $254 for the two volume set.

It is meant, I assume, primarily for lawyers, law enforcement officials, and experts in the field.

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  • Are the Bronfman sisters paying for this pricey legal representation? If so, how about going after the trustee/s handling the distribution of family money to the Bronfman girls who appear to be involved with this criminal enterprise. Let’s hope big money doesn’t interfere with a vigorous prosecution.

  • Sounds like Raniere has figured out that he’s going to be facing some sort of sexual assault charges. Why else would he hire an attorney who specializes in defending that particular crime? And, besides, it’s just so hard to find a good “branding” defense attorney these days…

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.” In addition, he was credited in the Starz docuseries 'Seduced' for saving 'slave' women from being branded and escaping the sex-slave cult known as DOS.

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 premieres on May 22, 2022.

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