Did Seagram’s heiress Clare Bronfman make Allison Mack legally insane?

Clare Bronfman, center, surrounded by attorneys. Bronfman has used attorneys extensively to silence runaway slaves through lawsuits and criminal complaints.

TV actress Allison Mack and her slave-master, co-conspirator, and sex-slave master, Keith Raniere have been indicted on charges of sex trafficking and conspiracy to commit forced labor.

Both remain in federal custody pending future bail applications. Raniere’s arrest represents a hard fall from the luxury he enjoyed by fleecing millions from NXIVM and Executive Success Programs’ members, as well as millions lavished upon him by Clare Bronfman, the cult’s acting slave-master.

Mack’s arrest represents a remarkable downfall for the actress known for her role as Chloe Sullivan in “Smallville.”

A healthier Allison Mack, prior to following Raniere’s orders on diet and lifestyle.

Mack once had a successful acting career, but when actor Mark Hildreth brought then-girlfriend Kristin Kreuk into the cult, Kreuk recruited Mack, an event that changed her life.

Both Kreuk and Hildreth left, but Mack rose to become Raniere’s lieutenant slave-master (upon Raniere’s arrest last month, Mack took control of the slaves until her arrest on Friday).

If she is released on bail Monday, she can resume her role as slave master. With low calorie diets and sleep deprivation techniques imposed on the slaves, there is a good chance that Mack may be able to keep the slaves from escaping, something that will be harder to do if she is kept in jail.

On the path to her rise in rank in the cult, Mack blew through her wealth earned as an actress, forking it over to Raniere and costly Executive Success Programs’ “services.” Raniere persuaded her to give up acting in pursuit of self-development within the cult, which included, among other things, more expensive “courses,” and quality time with Raniere.

Raniere groomed Mack for his sexual satisfaction, while the cult consumed her life savings. She became financially indebted to the cult.

Raniere and associates concocted a scheme to make her indentured to the cult. Raniere required Mack provide him with nude pictures, a contract that her unborn children would go to Raniere’s custody, incriminating letters about her parents and a letter to Child Protective Services alleging her nephew was abused by his parents. These materials are called by Raniere “collateral.”

Mack was valuable to Raniere for she could use her star status to recruit women, and give the cult an appearance of legitimacy and “executive success.”

Mack did not wholly occupy the position of an unwilling servant: she actively recruited women into the cult to become Raniere’s sex slaves, and through a grooming process, where entrants were initially exposed only to more innocent, innocuous and purportedly legitimate aspects of the cult.,

Only later, upon indebtedness and vulnerability through hypnosis and then sharing compromising collateral (which itself was pitched by cult members such as Lauren Salzman as an innocent guarantee of trust, never to be used in a blackmail-type fashion) to the sinister, perverse sexual proclivities of Raniere.

Mack herself oversaw ritual, forced branding ceremonies that were performed at her home. The brands on victims had Mack’s and Raniere’s initials.

Allison Mack on March 25, 2018. She became emaciated through Raniere’s diet.

Mack transformed herself from a healthy, curvy actress into a gaunt, frail sex-slave. This was done through Raniere’s requirement to keep Mack and the other slave women on 800 calorie per day diets and sleep no more than four hours per night.

Mack knowingly induced women into a cult that brands women, and uses abusive legal process and threat of legal process, as well as exposure of damaging information to coerce women into forced labor, continued payments to Bronfman and Raniere, and sex with Raniere and other slaves that Raniere permitted to have sex.

On the other hand, an argument can be made that Mack was initially a well intended person who entered the cult years ago, not believing it to be a cult, and, insidiously, Raniere and others preyed upon her emotional vulnerabilities, caused her to become dependent on the cult and exploited her for sex, money, and recruitment of future slaves. She is arguably both victim and monster.

With Mack and Raniere in federal custody, Clare Bronfman steers the branding ship, holding the big bag of collateral on women who might otherwise snap out of their brainwashed state and speak out.

Sexslave kingpin, Clare Bronfman

Criminal kingpin, sadist, and financier of the cult is still at large. 

The rich, sadistic heiress, Clare Bronfman is an entirely different story from gullible Mack. Bronfman is the acting leader of the cult now that Raniere and Mack are in custody.

Bronfman’s sinister past runs deep; she not only funded the controversial brain experiments of her “Ethical Science Foundation” and NXIVM, ran cult operations for years and lavished millions on Raniere empowering him to do most of his evil deeds.

Inside sources detailed Bronfman’s sadism, and the delight she took in punishing people who wished to leave the cult, through abuse of legal process. Bronfman never hesitated to tap her trust fund to hire consultants and attorneys, such as William F. Savino, to communicate with allies in the Department of Justice to pursue indictments of former members and employees that Bronfman or Raniere considered dangerous and likely to expose the illegality lurking under the surface.

Bronfman used her wealth to indict ex-girlfriends of Raniere on bogus theories of criminal liability which were ultimately dismissed, namely Barbara Bouchey and Toni Natalie. On the civil side of legal harassment,  one particularly disgusting example was opposition of Natalie’s bankruptcy. Natalie had been Raniere’s girlfriend in the 90s, but left him after having been threatened, and raped by him. For over fifteen years, Raniere, joined by Bronfman beginning in the 2000s, harassed her with multiple lawsuits, actually bankrupting her. When she filed for bankruptcy, Bronfman engaged attorney Savino to oppose her bankruptcy, on questionable grounds. [Bronfman hired attorney Savino to aid her in committing perjury in the civil and criminal suits she pursued against Frank Parlato. Court records suggests Savino suborned Bronfman’s perjury.]

Sexslave kingpin, Clare Bronfman (r) with her attorney, William F. Savino (l). Bronfman has retained Savino in the past to aid her in committing perjury, and opposing the bankruptcies of the sex cult victims whom Bronfman and the slavecult bankrupted. 

The Bronfman-funded legal abuse was stage 2 of Bronfman and Raniere’s forced labor and sex trafficking. Stage 1 involved threat of legal process and/or exposure of collateral to keep members in check, and keep them enslaved within the cult. When that method failed, and a slave ran away, Bronfman used trust fund money to sue into bankruptcy the runaway slave, and get the slave indicted, thus totally discrediting ex-slaves and ensuring the cult could continue its illegal operations.

By doing so, Bronfman turned the courts and law enforcement into unwitting adjudicators and enforcers of the cult’s own fugitive slave laws, perpetually enabling the cult to destroy victims through the long and heavy arms of the law.

As a person steeped in the cult and brainwashed to the point of having lost her former, pre-cult identity, Allison Mack might actually be legally insane, having been made that way by systematic, insidious abuse at the hands of Bronfman and Raniere. Viewed in this light, Mack is one of the most pathetic of Clare Bronfman and Raniere’s victims, and they have been reportedly only too happy to allow her to take the fall for them.

With Clare and Sara Bronfman’s millions in trust available for them to squander, if Raniere is convicted, the cycle of slavery, and abuse of women will continue, just as soon as Clare finds her next “guru” to invest in.

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  • Wholeheartedly agree, George. They used the same pattern on all the frontwoman, “it” girls, starting with targeting those seemingly cut from the same cloth.

    These were “Girls By Design” and what Keith and his accomplices had or have in store for them — especially the “Sexy 7” — is literal human sacrifice to deify himself. The branding would have only satiated him for so long. He longed for more of the same taste of blood he had with my sister, Gina and the others who died or “disappeared.” I’m sure of that now.

  • The Fresh Start Foundation is an extremely dubious and controversial organisation whose staff favour online bullying and harassment of genuine survivors of child sexual abuse and enjoy posting anti-semitic videos and tweets relating to debunked theories concerning satanic ritual abuse, blood libel, etc.

    Here is the youtube channel of Cat Scott (she uses various aliases) to promote the Fresh Start Foundation and her bizarre conspiracy theories about the Queen of England being a satanist, Pizzagate, the usual nonsense.


  • The link to the cathyfoxblog | Hollie Grieg Justice is extremely concerning and depressing. Hollie Greig is an extremely vulnerable person who has been manipulated into making false claims of ritual abuse by an inglorious conspiracy of con men and women. The Cathy Fog blog also gives credence to various incredible stories of satanic ritual abuse. For a very long time these ridiculous false claims of SRA have had the effect of taking credibility from victims of cults like NXIVM.

    People read deluded bullshit about satanists drinking babies’ blood, eating roasted baby, multi-generational satanic cults, MKUltra mind control experiments, the Illuminati / lizards / jewish conspiracy etc. etc. yada yada and they tend to question the sanity and credibility of people who really are the victims of cults that conduct insane experiments on human beings, sexually abuse minors and all of the other evil activities of cults like NXIVM.

    The link to Hollie Greig Justice is like having a link to QAnon or Pizzagate. This appropriation of the NXIVM narrative by con men and women (many of whom operate their own MLM and Ponzi scheme cults) is both interesting and depressing,

  • Bronfman is a moron.(he’s only using you for your fortune) So is Mack and the rest. Weak minded assholes.

  • Mack’s blog entries, social media posts, and the information in the indictment show signs of her severe narcissism and a penchant for perverse, sadistic acts. She may be a sucker manipulated by a con man, but I highly doubt she is legally insane. I hope the prosecution is prepared to rebut this type of defense. There are too many victims who have suffered at her hands.

    Remember, her lifestyle for many years was directly supported by outright lying and catering to Raniere’s sexual needs. She was stupid enough to believe his crap about humanitarian deeds, and being one of the “chosen few” (which stroked her ego) to hand over her $, but she also profited by this association and these alleged criminal acts. Would release of her collateral really have been WORSE than doing what she has done to other people and being caught? I don’t buy it. It makes more sense that her actions have been about her selfish need to protect and advance her own interests and stature within the cult. That would seem to require the ability to make moral and tactical decisions.

    Without getting into the details, I saw firsthand how easy deception was for her. She’s an actress. Even when caught in a lie, she would play the innocent and try to express faux regret, only to repeat the same infraction over and over again. Because it was what she needed to do for her own interests (and for Raniere, I suppose). Frankly, I think she was well aware of what she was doing.

    She hasn’t shown any regret. Yet. Be prepared for “Allison Mack D-list actress” to turn on the waterworks to save her own hide once she gets a good look at the reality of her situation. Self-aggrandizement is what seems to motivate her most. I wonder if saving her own ass will become more important after a few nights in jail.

    • Her writings actually support her having Borderline Personality Disorder not narcissism. She does not fit the signs of an overt narcissist which is what your posts imply. Did you interact with her prior to her being sucked in by Rainier?

          • Nice analysis. My baby sister-in-law (wife of my baby brother) also has a Masters in Psychology.

            I think it’s possible that Allison grew up as a child actor and played many different characters could have had a detrimental effect on her sense of self and made her more susceptible and malleable to Vanguard’s BS manipulations about “authenticity” as she displayed when she broke into tears in one of the KR Conversation videos when he spoke of it. But I’m just an armchair psychologizing.

      • I did and she was nothing like the person she is now. Reading about what she has done is both heartbreaking and horrific. I hope the old her is in there somewhere and she gets the treatment she needs. At the same time, I feel she needs to be held accountable for her actions.

        • I feel like that’s a reasonable reply. I don’t see anyone–even those who see her as part victim, asking for her to be consequence free. Do you think she’s a narcissist? Is that a correct assumption?

          • Not a narcissist, at least not when I was with her. She was an amazing and loving human being.

            Just so there is a point of reference, I met her shortly before Smallville aired and remained in contact until Oct of 2004.

          • I want to be very clear with my assumption given the fact that Allison was a child actor. I am in no way trying to imply that Allison was abused while working in the Entertainment Industry. All of her stories regarding work were positive.

    • That is a valid point also. This is what the AUSA (Assistant US Attorney would argue)…

      It’s a wildcard situation right now, because we don’t know who will flip to save their skin. Someone will

        • No one is saying she shouldn’t face consequences, but being brainwashed is not a black and white situation.

        • No one held a gun to her head but they did plant a minefield of emotional “triggers” in her brain — and boasted about it. And tried to make a brand out of their human “sex toy” products. Thank

    • It’s not a straight insanity defense. It’s more technical than that.

      Does the person understand the nature of the charges against them? Right now? Not at the time the alleged crimes were committed, but when they go to trial.

      And an insanity defense is an uphill battle in the Federal system, because the requirements are technical (need multiple expert witness headshrinkers), testimony of witnesses, etc. And even then, if the person is rehabilitated prior to trial, they cannot utilize an insanity defense for Federal crimes.

  • At the end of Smallville Allison Mack was at a great point in her career (coming off the longest running science fiction series that won lots of awards, including Emmys and Teen Choice, portraying a beloved character (she got several awards for her Chloe Sullivan portrayal)) and Mack had 8 millions dollars tucked away and a fiance.

    It’s a shame Kristin Kreuk and Mark Hildreth were ever involved. Without Hildreth’s NXIVM connection, Mack would be living a very different life. Not one imprisoned and having done terrible things.

    • You used to say the cause of Ally Wack’s troubles was KK…now you’ve evolved to blaming Mark Hildreth for bringing in KK who brought in AM.
      Maybe you should blame whoever brought in Mark.

      Sweet that you show so much sympathy for AM…are you her fanatic?

      • I think we should all focus our sights on real enemy #1 and blame it: the Big Bang. If it didn’t happen, the Universe as we know it would never have happened, and none of this could’ve possibly happened.

        Fuck You Big Bang.

        • Sultan:

          I thought you had signed off?
          Anyway, I imagine you singing these lyrics to your beloved Kristen

          “I’m everything you want/
          I’m everything you need/
          I’m all the things inside of you/
          That you wish you could be/
          I say all the right things/
          At exactly the right time/
          But I mean nothing to you/
          And I don’t know why.”

          • When did I imply or say I was going to sign off?

            That’s a good song by Vertical Herizon but there are better ones to sing to her.

    • I think part of the reason she was susceptible to KR was that she realized that she was at a difficult point in her career.

      Most actresses in their mid 30s find themselves no longer in great demand, unless they have the talent of a Streep, a Redgrave, a Mirren
      (Mack did not). Mack had just finished a successful run on a show which mostly appealed to teens and tweens and probably had doubts and insecurities as to whether she could play roles which would appeal to adults, where merely being adorkable is not enough. This is why she grew misty eyed at known mentor of actors K. Raniere’s word salad regarding acting and why she fell hook line and sinker for “The Source”.

      If she had a support group — friends, family, management — they failed her rather badly.

      It is difficult for me to be sympathetic towards her. There are likely thousands or tens of thousands of people who were exposed to NXIVM and Raniere, and following instincts which turned out to be spot on, ran like hell and never looked back. The tragedy here might be that it was reported that Mack was initially skeptical about NXIVM, but eventually got drawn in.

  • There’s no question that Allison Mack has been brainwashed. But any defense is irrelevant if she doesn’t wake up before the trial starts.

    I hope Mack get genuine sleep and food that actually sustains her including good protein for brain health. Every prayer she wakes up. May the how-could-you-commit-such-vile-acts-sex-slave phase of her life be now well behind her.

  • On the other hand, an argument can be made that Mack was initially a well intended person who entered the cult years ago, not believing it to be a cult, and, insidiously, Raniere and others preyed upon her emotional vulnerabilities, caused her to become dependent on the cult and exploited her for sex, money, and recruitment of future slaves. She is arguably both victim and monster.

    I think this is what occurred

    • Almost certainly. Keith seems to take special pleasure in corrupting the well intentioned. Every alleged member that I was familar with prior to the best guess at their point of entry was some kind of optimist, humanitarian, or some other form of hopeful person.

      All it took was twisting them into an “ends justify the means” philosophy and making them think it would work while he was burrowing into their heads.

    • I have never met any NXIVM people but this sounds spot on to me. The victim as perpetrator issue is common in human trafficking cases where vulnerable, exploited persons are sleep deprived, traumatised, violated and suffer from the effects of the Stockholm syndrome, thus often idealising their oppressors. As sexually exploited females age their options and choices become increasingly limited and it is not uncommon for them to become recruiters in order to retain the “love” of their pimp. Women can be extremely competitive about earning money and recruiting new flesh.

      This horrible dynamic can also be seen where young males are sexually exploited e.g. the dancing boys of Afghanistan. Most dancing boys either die, are murdered or simply have their lives ruined when they become older and are ostracised by their communities. One choice open to them is to become involved in the grooming and recruitment process. There is an extremely disturbing yet highly educational video on youtube The Dancing Boys of Afghanistan that illustrates this very well. The only dancing boy to live comfortably as an adult has become a trainer for new victims, teaching them to dance and grooming them for sexual exploitation.

      This situation is also extremely well known in cults, where vulnerable individuals are brainwashed and coerced into committing crimes by ruthless psychopaths.

      It is prescient that the NXIVM issue is being covered by mainstream media at the same time as the Netflix documentary Wild, Wild Country is being broadcast. Bhagwan Rajneesh aka Osho was a pimp guru and countless followers in multiple territories internationally were selling sex and donating all their money to the Bhagwan. I have not seen Wild Wild Country and I do not know whether it has exposed the levels of criminality that the cult was involved in – I understand that they covered immigration fraud and the bio-terroism attack.

      The sex trafficking aspect of the cult was well known in Australia as this clip demonstrates


      I knew several women in the late 80s who were prostituting themselves and sending all their money to the Bhagwan. From what they told me their situation was quite common. The way they saw it was that the world was sexually repressed and they were free and empowered women. They seemed to be brainwashed slaves to me.

      In France they have a special law, Picard Law, that I understand addresses this issue and allows cult leaders to face criminal charges for the crimes committed by brainwashed underlings. I am not a lawyer, but I think this kind of law might be an interesting this to consider in relations to serious crimes where the Stockholm syndrome and psychological manipulation can be demonstrated.

  • That is actually a good defense for Allison Mack – legal incapacity and the inability to understand the nature of the charges against her.

    The problem is that a Federal Judge could Order Mack to obtain medical/psychiatric treatment, get better, then return for trial.

    The Federal system is alot less accepting of an insanity defense, than most State Penal Codes…

    • Honestly, having read through her blogs through out the years, they could even track her unraveling. Hell, her writings for 2017 have some disassociative qualities.

    • But the insanity, if diagnosed by a court appointed therapist, could support “undo influence”. Might not get her or any other DOS women off scot-free but it could get the charges altered into something less extreme couldn’t it?

      • Federal system does not recognize undo influence. Now, Mack could use Coercion/duress as a Defense, but she would have to turn on her Master, and the slaves Grandmaster.

        It’s very difficult to utilize that defense…

  • “Did Seagram’s heiress Clare Bronfman make Allison Mack legally insane?”

    Does anyone else remember that episode of South Park called “Dances with Smurfs”? This sorta reminds me of that.

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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