Defense of Raniere & Mack sex trafficking case likely to feature parade of smart & beautiful women to testify ‘all was consensual’

By Frank Parlato

The following post does not cover any charges of the expected superseding indictment against Keith Raniere and Allison Mack.

Raniere was arrested March 26 and charged with sex trafficking, sex trafficking conspiracy and forced labor conspiracy after an FBI investigation into a complaint that a sect within NXIVM was branding women and coercing them into serving as sex slaves.

Former Smallville star Allison Mack was arrested on April 20 on the same charges and released four days later on home arrest and a $5 million bond.  Both Raniere and Mack have pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Raniere’s bail motion was denied last week

From what I have learned from informed sources, added to which is my own speculation,  the Raniere defense strategy is going to marshal many women – from old to young  – to show they loved what they were doing with him.

There was a sexual component – sure – but women loved that – it was all consensual and there was much more: There was love and sisterhood and community and Raniere [they only needed one man – with whom a group of women had siloed relations] was their teacher – their ethicist. He opened, even broke down, many doors in order for them to enter into news worlds of wonder.

It was a kind and gentle lifestyle, they will testify, and it was theirs to live, and not the government’s to dictate, how they should behave in bedrooms or kitchens, at Apropos, in Allison Mack’s town home or in a villa in Puerto Vallarta.

Raniere’s defense team will stipulate I believe that, yes, there was plenty of sex. So what?  So what if a group of adult women want to have sex with the same man. Do jurors want to make that illegal?

Dozens of women, they hope, will testify. They are making a list. Testify that Raniere is their best friend – and helped them lead more meaningful lives; they consented to the lifestyle.  The government took him away. They are unhappy about this. And these are smart looking, intelligent women. Picture India Oxenberg and Nicki Clyne – and two dozen more bravely on the stand. [They can hold out too until trial if Clare Bronfman can remain at large.]

So here is the strategy, I predict, for the defense: Try to get a jury with as many guys as possible. Use the defense’s peremptory challenges – which can automatically exclude a juror without cause – to knock off older women, Born Again Christians and any stripe of militant feminist.

The defense will almost certainly retain a top jury consultant – who will have access to the names of those in the jury pool – to help with researching to try to find out the tastes, mores, buying habits, voting records etc. of potential jurors.

If possible, try to get LBGTs, or any persons whose own sexual freedom was likely to ever be condemned or threatened on that jury.  Bisexuals. Anyone who watches porn. Young people who might find alternative lifestyles more acceptable.

Any of an adolescent bent who might think that a life of the playboy Raniere – with a cavalcade of good looking women – all competing to be with him – is something they would like to have had for themselves.  Find average looking, short guys with glasses, maybe with a paunch, who would be only too pleased to get a harem of beautiful women – the likes of which he could not get in his dreams – all competing to be with him. Find the parent’s basement-dwelling millennial and get him on the jury.

Keith Raniere’s followers are required to call him Vanguard.

Stay away from the man-haters.  Stay away from middle age men with daughters. Try to get sex addicts on the jury.  Try to show that alternative lifestyles are not a crime.

Paint Keith not as a Vanguard or an ethicist – but as a guy who figured out how to remain in high school all his life.

Here are some of the women I expect to testify. Keep in mind some of them may be indicted in the coming weeks and that may change the decision to testify for Raniere. Indeed, some of them may even – to save themselves – decide to testify against him.

But also keep in mind – there is quite a crew – and when and if they parade – one after the other – on the witness stand, they will make an entirely different impression about Raniere than what the prosecution has alleged him to be [and quite accurately I might add].

His brainwashed followers will not appear to be brainwashed and as each, in turn, testifies how wonderful life with Keith Raniere was – it might make quite a startling impression.

As for those who may think I am doing the case a disservice by publishing this  – as if the defense has not considered this – it is inconceivable that they have not thought of this strategy and are building their defense around it.  The defense, likewise, has already considered all this most likely. But I think I do a service in presenting the visual below.

These will not be unkempt and crazy looking women but a parade of intelligent sounding women all claiming the same thing: Consensual sex and women-empowerment. And what is the point of women’s empowerment if women themselves cannot choose the lifestyle they wish to lead?

Of course, there could be something catastrophic that could happen to the defense’s case. If Nancy Salzman, Lauren Salzman or Clare Bronfman – who are currently heading and holding the organization together – were to be indicted, I cannot promise whether this parade of witnesses will hold together.  If any, or all three, are indicted and as condition of their release, they are forbidden to communicate with the raft of witnesses – it would then be entirely up to Sara Bronfman to hold the group together. Whether or not she is up to the task remains to be seen. She certainly has the money to do so.

Also, as I stated at the beginning – the superseding indictment may be a game changer in the entire defense strategy.  But, for now, just look at these good looking witnesses – who I believe stand ready to testify on behalf of their Vanguard.  These are not Charlie Manson kooks. These are Raniere kooks. They don’t look kooky at all.  That is what sets Raniere apart from a low level cult leader like Manson. And why we call him Vanguard.

Loreta Garza


India Oxenberg

Kristanna Loken

Nicki Clyne 

Esther Chiappone Carlson
Danielle Roberts D.O.
Jimena Garza
Ana Risoul
Lauren Salzman


Claudia Estrada

Rosa Laura Junco
Pam Arstikaitis
Allison Mack – she’ll be a show stopped.
Vany Huber
Diana Lim
Ivy Nevares

Alejandra Anaya

Michelle Hatchette

Marianna Fernandez
Siobhan Hotaling
Ludwika Paleta
Cami Fernandez



Sahajo Heartel


[Name redacted]

Leah Lim.
Sam Le Baron
Melissa Rodriguez

Mariana Musi

Sara Bronfman

Amanda Canning Esq.

Diane Goodman
Alicia Novak

Angelica Hinojos

Monica Duran


Dani Padilla
Lyvia Cohen
Michelle Salzman 

Nancy Salzman. 

And others —-

Keith Alan Raniere.

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  • So sweet of you Frank, to help the defence cherry-pick suitable fine ladies for the stand. That’s a particularly flattering pic of ms. Hotaling btw, best one I’ve seen. If it wasn’t for the slavery, torture, blackmail, brainwashing, tax-evading and possible murder, these cultish handmaids could certainly APPEAR credible, but then their lips start moving and oh!..the mendacity!.. such a shame, that in a court room, TRUTH runs the game.

  • Some of these women are not US Citizens and may have been here on illegally obtained visas or have other visa issues. It may not be that easy for them to come to Raniere’s defense in the USA . Loreta Garza may be loyal but she is on the hook for Rainbow Cultural Garden.

  • The DOJ understands the gender politics of this case.
    That’s why it assigned three female prosecutors to handle it.

    True consent is negated by the use of compulsion and collection of blackmail in the form
    of intimate photos, salacious videos and bogus cnfessions

    And yes Allison Mack will testify and put on quite the spectacle.
    Allison loves to perform and it shows.
    But this trial will be Allison’s swan song as an actress.

  • While I agree the “concentual” defense makes the most sense, and is the same one Harvey Weinsttein is using (and his $10 million bail got him out of jail until the trial, without the armed guards), the key difference in my opinion is the blackmail issue. It won’t take more than a few women on the other side to wipe out this side. When the DOJ puts up the “collateral” the Raniere defenders claim was consensual acts, they will have no credibility.

    As valiantly (and expensive for the Bronfmans) as Raniere’s lawyers try, there is no way to polish a turd.

  • they can all be asked if they brought cash across the Mexican boarder once on the stand. No one know if the FBI has emails, text etc regarding cash they brought across the boarder.

    another thing, just because someone had sex willing with the smelly one, doesn’t mean he didn’t force others to have sex with him.

  • Problem is, Keith’s emails say he was involved in creating “blackmail collateralized life slaves” to fuck him 24/7.

    1000 witnesses can’t undo that direct evidence that Keith was blackmailing women.

    Just like 100 willing sex partners can’t nullify 5 unrelated rape accusers. One has nothing to do with the other.

    If you raped 5 women but fucked 100 others consentually, it’s still 5 counts of rape.

    • *I realize that ‘rape’ isn’t being alleged or charged here.

      I was just using that as a “hypothetical” example to prove a point about unrelated acts.

  • Defense just needs to ask them what their bank accounts were prior to joining DOS/NXIVM and what it was post DOS and ask them to talk about the blackmail collateral they willingly turned over to Allison/Keith. If they weren’t being coerced into slavery, then they should have no problem offering up their collateral now in order to save him.

  • So, it is true she got super fat and didn’t get her invite to the ball?

    Also, how dare you call Siobahn Hotaling smart and beautiful.

    Thirdly, have you taken a look at Esther’s instagram? She no longer looks anything like that photo.

    Fourthly, I don’t think Diana H. Lim, Assistant Professor of Psychology at Concordia University in Montréal, is going to put her position at risk. She likely already had a written reprimand placed in her file for using her position to recruit vulnerable students for Jness (DOS). Her employment file has a permanent brand, much like herself. Good luck getting tenure later with that.

    Have sources actually verified that Nancy is still in the mix running things? I hope she has turned mole.

    • Diana H. Lim recruiting students
      in Montreal. This needs further investigation. She should not be allowed to continue teaching. Isn’t she some brain and psychology specialist. Her knowledge could really damage students. She must know something about mind control. This needs further checking.

      • I agree. I alerted Concordia. Guess it’s in there hands. Surely all the National media attention and arrests would be cause for concern for employing her.

  • In taking the stand, they open themselves up to answering a lot of questions they may prefer not to. And all you handsome eligible men out there, these lovely ladies were unavailable to any of you, that is not fair to either group. Sara knows her money gave her privaliges not available to the less worthy. Those of you who have children is this a life choice you want for them, (DOS) moms? A plea deal may allow you to keep some privacy. Testifying for Vangaurd will follow you and your families for years to come.

  • If 99 women testify they voluntarily had sex with Vanguard and were voluntarily branded by “Dr.” Roberts (in spite of the lack of signed informed consent forms), what bearing would that have on testimony of the women who say they were coerced against their will into sex and branding? A woman can testify only as to what she herself agreed to do, she can’t testify that because she herself did it voluntarily, that everyone else did it voluntarily as well.

    Just because I stopped for 99 red stop lights, doesn’t mean I didn’t drive through the red stop light #100.

    • Exactly! If one person didn’t consent and they still forced them to be branded, that’s the crime–they aren’t asking about the ones who were all for it. That’s a bullshit defense.

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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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