Kristanna Loken’s lawyer threatens to sue — I keep story posted nevertheless

By Frank Parlato

Taking a page out of Keith Raniere’s playbook, actress Kristanna Loken has threatened to sue me unless I take down a story I published about her.  That story is “Terminator 3 Star Kristanna Loken revealed as part of NXIVM – Raniere may be her baby daddy”

In the story, I asserted that, according to sources:

1. Loken is a staunch Nxivm follower.

2. She attended Jness Track #11 in Albany in October 2017.

3. She stayed with DOS slave Vany Huber in Clifton Park, a few doors from Keith Raniere.

4. When she first met him, she had sex with Raniere in his sex lair.

5. About nine months later, she gave birth to a son named Thor. She has not revealed the identity of the father.

6. Raniere claimed to followers, Loken had sex on the first night they met and loved to tell polyamorous stories about her.

7. Loken appears in an online video endorsing Raniere’s teachings.

8. In her video, Loken says, through Raniere’s teachings, she “found out who and what I am all about.”

9. Alleged sex-trafficker Allison Mack appears on the same website endorsing Raniere.

Three days after I published the story [April 7, 2018], I received an email from Jordan D. Grotzinger of Greenberg Traurig [one of the world’s largest law firms]. Here is the PDF of the letter

Below is the text version.

Greenberg Traurig

RE: Loken v. Parlato, et al.

Dear Mr. Parlato:

This law firm is litigation counsel to Kristanna Loken. We understand that you own and/or control the websites and, which published false and defamatory information concerning Ms. Loken in articles dated April 7, 2018.

We demand that you immediately remove all references to Ms. Loken on your websites and cease and desist from making any future false and/or defamatory statements about Ms. Loken in any forum. In addition, you must confirm in writing by reply to my e-mail within 24 hours that you have done so.

The false and defamatory statements against Ms. Loken include, among other things, (1) statements alleging Ms. Loken’s participation in a “sex slave cult,” (2) statements that Ms. Loken attended an “advanced secret women class,” (3) statements regarding the identity of the father of Ms. Loken’s child, and (4) various false accusations regarding Ms. Loken’s sexual history.

The apparent purpose of these articles is to drive traffic to your websites through “clickbait” by defaming Ms. Loken.

Your false statements constitute actionable defamation of Ms. Loken, and were plainly intended to harm her reputation and business in the entertainment industry.

This matter is of serious concern to our client. There is still a chance for you and your businesses to avoid costly litigation and a substantial judgment against you. You and your companies, agents, representatives, affiliates, and all others directly or indirectly involved in the posting of defamatory information must immediately and permanently cease and desist from any and all such further conduct and remove all references to Ms. Loken from the websites you own and/or operate. Specifically, pursuant to California Civil Code § 48a, our client hereby demands that you immediately and permanently cease and desist from any reference to Ms. Loken on,, or any other website, location, forum or medium under your control. Moreover, as mentioned, you must confirm removal of the offending material within 24 hours from now, by reply to my e-mail.

Unless you take the steps referenced above to remove the false postings and cease and desist from publishing false, misleading, and damaging materials concerning Ms. Loken, we will seek appropriate relief in court against your companies and you personally. I assure you that you will deeply regret any noncompliance for a long time.

Ms. Loken reserves all rights and claims, including, without limitation, those regarding any proliferation of your defamatory articles, which is more likely to occur the longer the defamatory content remains online.


Jordan D. Grotzinger

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Jordan D. Grotzinger


Naturally, I do not want to publish false and defamatory information. Neither do I want to “deeply regret any noncompliance for a long time.”

So, I double-checked with sources, spoke with new sources, and updated the story with more information. Some new information I uncovered I withheld so as to not further embarrass Loken.

I then called Loken’s lawyer and informed him I would keep the story up.  He said he would sue.  I said I look forward to discovery. He said it would cost me a lot of money.  I said he might check with his client – for she may not be telling him the full story. I kept the story up. I have not been sued – yet.

So why write about it now? 

Before the lawyer’s email, I was not planning to write more about Loken. Still, her attempt to silence me, [Raniere-style] should not be answered with “compliance” but defiance. It requires putting her threat of a lawsuit on the record.  When and if she sues, I will also post that information on the website. And I will also post whatever information I obtain via discovery.


I recently published a story about an athlete who was a NXIVM member – and in the few hours it was online, it was getting plenty of traffic. He called. He did not threaten. He asked me to remove his story because it would hurt him and his family. I took the story down.  As a matter of principle, I never take posts down based on threats.


I am not done with Bronfman-Raniere yet.


Loken said the teachings of Raniere brought ‘joy’ to her life.

 Keith Raniere – currently in custody. 

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  • I’ve met & talked to Kristanna at 3 public events. She remembers me and my boyfriend. I doubt I’ll be seeing her again anytime soon. But if I did, I would tell her I think it’s in her best interest to focus on her family and work. She should talk to her publicist or get a new one that understands how to spin this type of bad publicity and turn it in her favor. Also the news and press is so rampant & chaotic that people will forget in a week or two most stories in general.

  • more clickbait by frank.Shame on you. You must be one needy individual. You say you don’t respond to threats and yet you ban ips. Seems you can’t handle the truth and so you try to silence people just like keith. You two are a like.

  • What proof is there she was in the cult. Sue him Jordon. Silence this idiot.

  • Kristanna Loken does not want to open herself up to being deposed (where you can have her say under oath who her baby daddy is, did she have sex with him (oh course, you will have to define what you mean by “sex with him” or other male members of the sex cult.

    There are others questions to be asked in a deposition and on the stand (under oath to tell the truth)

    All us Exer’s could help come up with questions for Ms. Loken

    • Perhaps Kristanna is such a whore that she honestly doesn’t know who the daddy is. However, if Thor has a Raniere-like hairdo and glasses, takes up judo at a very young age and solves the Unified Field Theory before he turns 5, then we’ll know the answer.

  • Dear Mr Grotzinger, your best advice to your client would be to back off a lawsuit, save the money she is paying an attorney for her son as he is her most important concern I hope. Lawsuits just bring out more dirty laundry . If these women that have been so used and abused by Keith want to sue somebody and actually do something useful they need to accept what he has done to them and make him pay. This will haunt them for the rest of their lives. Kristanna your info is already out there, you can’t change that, I will pray for you and your son. The child is innocent

  • He does get points for a subject line reading “RE: Loken vs. Parlato, et. al.,” designed to try to make you afraid that a suit may have already been filed. However, he’s clearly not putting forward his best work, as the bulk of the letter is fairly formulaic and doesn’t have the really incendiary and original content that most such letters have. The gold standard is a highly personalized letter from either Bert Fields or Marty Singer, legendary entertainment lawyers, not some guy who does a bit of entertainment law for a huge legal conglomerate.

    Suing under California law (Grotzinger is based in LA, as is Loken) would be an especially bad idea, since California’s anti-SLAPP law, which provides for easy recovery of costs in a lawsuit of this sort that’s designed to suppress free speech on an issue of public interest, is one of the oldest and most thoroughly litigated in the world.

    • If the California law is as strong as it is in Texas, it will also result in Kristanna getting to pay for Frank’s legal fees, so I hope Frank hires a VERY expensive law firm.

  • Where in this entire article is the DEFINITIVE statement that Raniere is the baby’s actual father?

    No where.
    The article merely states the fact that Loken was involved with NXIVM, which contained a sex cult within it and asked questions about the paternity of Loken’s child, who was born out of wedlock with an unnamed father.

    “Is it Vanguard’s son? Kristanna Loken holds her son, Thor. ”

    “Is Keith Raniere – currently in custody in a federal prison – the father of Kristanna Loken’s child?”

    Since when is asking questions a cause for a law suit?

  • According to IMBD:.

    Loken “Announced on Facebook that she is expecting her first child, but has not revealed the child’s father nor its sex. [February 2016] She gave birth to a son named Thor in May 2016. Child’s father is unknown.’

    Kristianan Loken:
    Who’s the baby’s daddy?

    Or were you too drunk on Thor’s mead (fermented honey) to remember?

  • Loken – who says she connects with auras – allowing her to enjoy sex with men and women – reportedly connected with Raniere’s aura, REPORTEDLY having a sexual encounter with the man known as Vanguard on her first meeting with him. She later became an ardent student and said the teachings of Raniere brought ‘joy’ to her life.

    Is Keith Raniere – currently in custody in a federal prison – the father of Kristanna Loken’s child?

    Is it Vanguard’s son? Kristanna Loken holds her son, Thor. Some think the father is Keith Raniere, leader of NXIVM, the cult that has been outed for blackmailing and branding women as slaves of Raniere.

    Kristiana Loken:
    Lie down with dogs, get up with fleas!

  • hmm Naturally, I do not want to publish false and defamatory information. Neither do I want to “deeply regret any noncompliance for a long time.”
    That’s not all true. It’s clear and obvious to everyone who reads your website that you are cool with publishing defamatory information. Sometimes,you describe it as another way to deprogram those who are still in it etc. Your stories have tended to be very salacious at times and so I don’t find the lawyers’ assertion about you to be entirely false. It’s also not a page from Raniere’s playbook, because he would send letters to shut even those who did their best to not defame others and were only trying to bring light to the issue, unlike your approach. So while I think it’s shitty that Raniere and Clare came after you when you were supposedly helping expose how Clare was being defrauded by Raniere, what you experienced is nothing similar to what all the women have experienced. A lot of good has come out of your approach as well, with regards to exposing what Raniere has been doing, which is much appreciated.. at the same time, I still wish you could be more mindful and human in your approach. For what it’s worth, listening to you on the radio or watching you on a video is much better than how you write about stuff. You come largely come across as sensible when you are not simply writing.

    • Since the letter states that Frank is not to publish FALSE AND DEFAMATORY information, and he is publishing the truth , then he has nothing to worry about. If the has published the truth, and Loken decides to proceed with the lawsuit, she would need to prove the information published was false or libel. You can’t win a libel suit because the truth was published about you, and the truth makes you look bad.

      Loken’s lawyer will need to investigate the matter prior to taking the case (which he has not done);he just sent threat, and I wonder if he will be willing to take the case following his own investigation?

      Would he take the case knowing that Frank hasn’t lied about Loken, and Frank has the evidence to prove his claims?

      Anonymous- do you believe that people can do whatever they want, but when they are exposed to have behaved in a way that is unacceptable/unethical/criminal, that they then have a right to sue the party who exposed their unacceptable actions?
      Does that seem fair to you?

      You may think it is “shitty” that Clare and Keith came after Frank, but how can you honestly say that what they did to him was not as bad as what they did to those women? You don’t appear to have logically thought the situation thru. Frank was threatened with criminal allegation’s, and NXIVM was willing to lie to have him convicted. Maybe when you , Anonymous who really isn’t, have your freedom unjustly taken away by liars and bullies, you can refer to the situation as “shitty”.

      I think this Anonymous is probably one of the trolls who has taken up residence on this blog recently.
      The MO of these particular trolls is to write posts supporting your viewpoint while using a name that identifies them, then to write anon negative posts about the same person.

      Passive aggressive cowardly trolls.

      • “our client hereby demands that you immediately and permanently cease and desist from any reference to Ms. Loken on,, or any other website, location, forum or medium under your control.”

        The letter actually demands that Frank cease any mention of Kristianna Loken AT All.

        In other words Frank would agree not to even make a statement like “Kristiana Loken has been cast in the new Arnold Schwarzenegger movie “Terminator 7”.
        Such a blanket prohibition of free speech is an unconstitutional prior restraint of speech unprecedented in US history.
        What revelations does Kristianna Loken fear?

        • Ye’s ..that is an interesting point. What person thinks that they have the right to DEMAND that their name not be mentioned, at all. Has anyone ever been able to enforce such a demand before? It sounds as if there is no legal precedence for such a demand. I wonder what someone is hiding that would make them that afraid?

          Thanks anonymous

      • Flowers, my comment was not directed at you and you are missing a lot of context. Hence, I won’t be responding to your comment. If frank asks me something I will. He can speak for himself.

        Regarding anonymity. If I called myself Rose. That wouldn’t make any difference to my anonymity.

        • Well, Anonymous, I know your comment was not addressed to me. How could it be addressed to me when I hadn’t even commented on the topic prior to your comment ?
          But I assuned your comment was just addressed to the entire board, and that you brought up some questions which could use further exploration, and that is why I responded to your post.

          I assume you are the one who mentions the lack of precedence regarding Lokens demands ? Good job uncovering that information.

  • Under the terms of the letter you could not even post a news story saying that Kristianna Loken has just been cast in the next Terminator movie.
    Just a blanket demand of censorship is an unconstitutional prior restraint of speech.

  • It’s just to see if they can bully you into submission without having to do anything else.

    If his client has two brain cells in her head (questionable given her endorsement of NXIVM and choosing to attack someone else instead of backtrack), she would not want to bring more attention to what she has done with a lawsuit.

  • “Still, her attempt to silence me, [Raniere-style] should not be answered with “compliance” but defiance.”

    I love this so much. Go, Frank!

  • There is always a paternity test that can be initiated by Maury Pauvich to settle all doubt.

    Men who sleep with beautiful women typically are elevated in the eyes of other guys. When I hear about a woman who falls for VanDouche’s bullshit to sleep with him, it only makes the woman look worse from my point of view.

  • I understand why the lawyer did what he did- billable hours, he’s going to humor the idiotic Ms. Loken to pay for a trip to Bermuda or somesuch. It’s Loken who is the shortsighted moron- she has gone full “Streisand Effect”. If she had shut the hell up, and not wound up the lawyer and put him on the track, no one would be talking about her now. Instead, she’s drawing a lot more attention to herself. Wouldn’t surprise me if the feds decided to question her since she’s sticking her head up like a “whack-a-mole”.

  • I used to publish hundreds of stories on web sites, and would be ecstatic when receiving letters like these. When I got these types of letters, I knew I had something hot, and would make sure that particular story got extra exposure and distribution. Lawyers provide a free feedback mechanism to tell the world “EVERYONE LOOK HERE AT THIS!”

  • This sounds like Amway’s threats and lawsuit against me. I sent that MLM scam scampering and whimpering away with a settlement that made them look like the fools they are!

  • Be sure to record, archive and memorialize both the Loken and Mack testimonial videos so that it is undeniable that Loken and the indicted Mack are in the same cult.

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.” He also appeared in "Branded and Brainwashed: Inside NXIVM, and was credited in the Starz docuseries "Seduced" for saving 'slave' women from being branded and escaping the sex-slave cult known as DOS.

Additionally, Parlato’s coverage of the group OneTaste, starting in 2018, helped spark an FBI investigation, which led to indictments of two of its leaders in 2023.

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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