Oxygen.com publishes in-depth story on Parlato helping bring down cult, origins

It’s nice to be noticed.

On April 12, Oxygen.com published a story giving me a measure of credit for my role in bringing down the sex-slave cult NXIVM that for decades has flourished under the noses of local law enforcement, notwithstanding decades of registered complaints against the abusive cult.

Oxygen’s J. B. Nicholas’ article represents the first mainstream publication to take a hard look at the underlying facts involved in my 2015 indictment, and to connect the dots on it to a long pattern of similar indictments and criminal complaints initiated by Clare Bronfman, Keith Raniere and the cult against defectors, critics, and other cult victims, including Toni Natalie who spoke on the record with Nicholas.

Toni Natalie was quoted in the article giving me credit for my role in bringing the cult down, stating that were it not for me, “we wouldn’t be having this conversation today.” “Frank represents a voice,” “[h]e speaks our truth.” Coming from Toni, who is veteran critic – the literal pioneer for fighting this cult – and she did it alone – it is high praise indeed. She withstood decades of abuse from Raniere, and later Bronfman, and the cult, long after leaving it, through malicious and vexatious litigation, and criminal prosecution.

Nicholas delves into my introduction to the cult, the work I did for it on the PR front, my initial impression of Raniere, Bronfman and other members in Albany at the time. Nicholas also explores the underlying facts that gave rise to the civil and criminal litigation between Bronfman/Raniere and myself  in 2008 – regarding the Bronfmans’ botched real estate venture in Los Angeles.

Nicholas’ in-depth, CrimeTime feature is available here and if I do say so myself, it is worth the time to read and is superb.

Of course it helps when a veteran, first class reporter is the writer.

About the author

George Frobisher


Click here to post a comment

Please leave a comment: Your opinion is important to us! (Email & username are optional)

  • JB Nicholas is a phenomenal photojournalist and journalist. Fascinating history and brilliant talent.

  • Frank, can you please share which channel you will be watching in Florida; even if cameras are not allowed in the court room – anything live, even from outside the courthouse would be so worthwhile!

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.

IMDb — Frank Parlato


Contact Frank with tips or for help.
Phone / Text: (305) 783-7083
Email: frankparlato@gmail.com