Ben Szemkus – the man who said he went to a NXIVM mixer where Stormy Daniels,Anthony Weiner, Huma Abedin, James Alefantis, Eric Schneiderman, Keith Raniere, Allison Mack, Nancy Salzman, Clare and Sara Bronfman, some Yale college girls and others back in 2007 – is evidently unhappy with an article Larry Shea wrote about him for Frank Report.
Larry gave his opinion that Ben is lying.
By the subject line in his email, Ben might be planning a lawsuit: “BEN SZEMKUS DEFAMATION SUIT”
Here is the body of his email:
This article You published is blantantly [sic] a defamation attack
(plus a few other things if You throw the word ‘Cyber’ in front of it).
Larry Shea: Man who claims he attended NXIVM mixer with Stormy Daniels, …
No Need for a Lie Detector Test: Ben Szemkus Is a Proven Liar By Larry Shea While a simple lie can be diffic
As for myself, I have not stated whether I think Ben’s story is true – but it seems there is little doubt that Larry Shea – who wrote the article – is of the opinion that Ben is not telling the truth about meeting the cast of controversial and disgraced characters he says he met all in an apartment in Connecticut one wintry evening.
But since I published it – I will have to stand a lawsuit if Ben chooses to file it.
And because I like freedom of expression and Larry made some excellent points – I would publish it again – despite the threat of a lawsuit.
And unless Ben could prove otherwise – that he really attended this NXIVM mixer – I don’t think I will apologize for publishing Larry’s article. I do not know if Larry wants to apologize to Ben – although I rather doubt he will.
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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.” Parlato was also 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 premiered on May 22, 2022. Most recently, he consulted and appeared on Tubi's "Branded and Brainwashed: Inside NXIVM," which aired January, 2023.
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