Clare Bronfman released on $100 million bail – house arrest, ankle monitor and no contact with Nxivm members

In Brooklyn, Clare Bronfman’s attorney entered a not guilty plea on behalf of her client.

Federal Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis released Bronfman on a $100 million bond with home detention and electronic monitoring (ankle bracelet). She reportedly also been ordered not to have contact with anyone who is associated with NXIVM – which may be very difficult for her to do because she really doesn’t know anyone else.

Bronfman is due back in court on Wednesday (tomorrow) for a Status Conference with her co-defendants before Judge Garaufis at 2 p.m. Her newly-named co-defendants, Nancy Salzman and Lauren Salzman, have also been ordered to be there. 

In Albany, the three defendants entered not guilty pleas to the superseding indictment.

Magistrate Stewart agreed to release Kathy Russell on a $25,000 bond – and each of the Salzmans on separate $5 million bonds.

My latest information is that Russell and Lauren Salzman have not met all the conditions of their bonds and may not be released today. That means they’ll spend the night in prison – which usually means a full body search.

Russell – based on the federal guidelines for the crimes she’s been charged with – faces 3 years in prison.

Russell and Lauren Salzman appeared in court in shackles – and Russell was handcuffed in front. Nancy Salzman walked into court on her own volition – without handcuffs.

Clare Bronfman was arrested earlier today – and was handcuffed.

As of right now, the only one who is out of federal custody is Bronfman. The other three are in still in federal custody. Nancy is expected to be released today. But even the Prefect may have to spend the night in jail and undergo a full body search.


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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.” 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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