Accessory after the fact? Misprision of felony? Seagram’s heiress, Clare Bronfman threatens sex cult victims to cover up for Raniere

NIXVM member Clare Bronfman
  • Seagram’s heiress believed to have used her money and influence to attempt to secure the indictment of a runaway slave to cover up and conceal crimes committed deep within her companies, NXIVM and Executive Success Programs;
  • The runaway slave, Sarah Edmondson, was in possession of information that could lead to the arrest of the cult’s highest members;
  • Bronfman posed as a Mexican attorney, and sent threatening letters to Edmondson, as part of a gambit to silence her.

The infamous sex-slave cult, DOS existed within the front-entities, NXIVM and Executive Success Programs. These companies themselves were high-priced, fraudulent pyramid schemes founded by sex-slaver and recently-indicted Keith Raniere.  DOS and the sex trafficking is receiving widespread attention since the arrest and indictment of TV star Allison Mack.

Raniere and Mack have been indicted on charges of sex trafficking and conspiracy to commit forced labor. Mack’s lawyers are said to be in plea negotiations with the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York. Mack has been released on bail. Raniere currently sits in federal custody.

Keith Raniere, accused child sex trafficker and sex-slaver

With Mack out on bail, and Raniere behind bars, longtime financier of Raniere and the slavecult, Clare Bronfman, is believed to be managing the slaves and directing cult operations.

Federal authorities allege that she spent millions on Raniere, and is his chief financial backer, enabling him to commit crimes for decades and to avoid detection, cloaked under the powerful Bronfman umbrella of influence and protection.

They allege also that she has paid lawyers to bring lawsuits against NXIVM critics and filed criminal complaints against at least one ex-DOS slave.

Based on these allegations and more, there is a strong likelihood Bronfman has committed the federal crime of misprision of felony, under 18 U.S.C §4.

The criminal statute provides that “whoever, having knowledge of the actual commission of a felony cognizable by a court of the United States, conceals” that felony can be imprisoned up to three years.

Clare Bronfman flew with Raniere to Mexico, when the federal investigation began.

To nab Bronfman, the government must prove four elements:

(1) Raniere actually committed a felony

(2) Bronfman knew that the felony was committed;

(3) Bronfman did not notify any law enforcement or judicial officer;

(4) Bronfman took affirmative steps to conceal the felony.

Tracking the elements of the crime of misprision of felony,

(1) Raniere actually committed multiple felonies. According the indictment, Raniere, Mack and others recruited, solicited etc. Jane Doe 1 and benefited through force and threats of force , fraud and coercion against Jane Doe 1 to obtain commercial sex with her.

(2) The fact that Bronfman knew of this crime is supported by her flight to Mexico with Raniere shortly after the New York Times story broke and continued to finance him while on the lam.

(3) Bronfman did not notify law enforcement of the atrocious DOS activity after Edmondson left and when this writer began to publish stories about it, but

(4) Bronfman brought a criminal complaint against Edmondson as part of her and Raniere’s modus operandi of silencing victims, keeping the cult secrets, and letting that be a lesson to any other inner disgruntled slaves that wished to do the same.

Further, Bronfman’s shuttling Raniere off to Mexico, after the federal investigation commenced, and  NY Governor Andrew Cuomo announced he would direct State authorities to review its decision relating to Sarah Edmondson’s complaint to the medical board regarding Dr. Brandon Porter and his Bronfman-funded brand experiments, suggests Bronfman is an accessory after the fact, under federal statute, 18 U.S.C. § 3.

The elements of accessory liability are that someone assists another

(1) who has committed a felony,

(2) after the person has committed the felony,

(3) with knowledge that the person committed the felony,

(4) with the intent to help the person avoid arrest or punishment.

An accessory after the fact may be held liable for, inter alia, obstruction of justice.

Bronfman’s flight with Raniere to Mexico shortly after federal law enforcement began interviewing witnesses is strong circumstantial evidence on its own that she knew of the crimes Raniere committed, and that she sought to assist Raniere in hindering law enforcement’s apprehension of him. The authorities likely have more evidence than this.

Clare stated on the website of one of her and Raniere’s companies, ESP, that she has actually seen the good come from Keith.

Clare’s accessory liability is likely just the tip of the iceberg.



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  • Imagine how horrified the other Bronfman half-siblings must be. I cannot imagine what they are going through, knowing their father would have been mortified–was mortified–at these two and their stupidity. Perjury, good one Clare. The commodities bets are what blows me away. How dumb are these women? Were they so sheltered that they turned out dumb as rocks? And natural born deceivers with criminal minds as well. She will not play well in front of a jury, not in New York, that’s for sure.

  • Sara disappeared from view after hooking up and eventually marrying the Libyan war lord. That’s too bad: she was the fun one.She sure made Vanguard Week a good time.

    • Looks like she was still with NXIVM… setting up that Rainbow multilingual childcare program in Europe. Libyan hubby has likely been drawn into NXIVM too.

  • Let’s see if we can say all the things about Clare that people are saying about A. Mack:

    1) Vanguard separated her from at least part of her fortune.

    2) She meant well at the beginning but her good intentions
    were twisted by Vanguard.

    3) She was brainwashed by Vanguard and Prefect.

    4) She is a victim not a criminal.

    5) She is innocent until proven guilty.

    So why aren’t people sympathetic to poor Clare?

    I’m here for you Ms. B. Like you I love equines. I’m sure you have at least a few shekels left. Let’s hook up when all this stuff blows over?

  • Clare will go to jail and they will make an example of her. The FBI has a hard-on about putting someone like her in jail. It shows people no one is above the FBI. You will see her arrested and you will see her get the second highest sentence. And they’ll be throwing a lot of charges her way. They are gathering evidence now. Keep doing stories on Clare, Frank. She’s the person most culpable after Keith and perhaps Nancy.

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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