For first time, Clare Bronfman can’t afford what she needs: to make $100 million bail, she needs help from sister, another

Clare Bronfman

Tomorrow is D-Day for Clare Bronfman. Whether she goes to jail or returns to her New York City luxury apartment will be the story of the day.  Her sister, Sara Bronfman-Igtet, must come from France to appear in person in Brooklyn Federal Court, along with another guarantor, unrelated to NXIVM, to post security for Clare’s $100 million bail bond – $50 million of that must be secured by cash.

On Tuesday, Clare claimed in court she did not have enough cash available to make the $50 million cash part of her bail bond. She claimed that, out of her $198 million net worth, $100 million is in trust and out of her control, and, of the remaining $98 million, she had $22 million in liquid assets – making her shy of the cash requirement by $28 million.

It appears that her sister, Sara, and another family member, or friend, must put up some of the money required for Clare to be allowed to live outside prison – under home detention, with an ankle monitor, as she awaits trial.

If she had not squandered much of her fortune, she would have enough to make her own bail. Former NXIVM consultant, Joe O’Hara, estimates Clare spent some $350 million on Keith Raniere and his sex slaver NXIVM cult since 2003.

In her whole life – up until Tuesday, when she went before the judge – Clare never had a money problem.  The problem of not having enough to buy whatever she wanted or needed.  For the first time, Clare is experiencing what most of us have at one time or another – of not having enough money.

For years, Clare has been using money to procure the destruction of “enemies” of NXIVM.  Through abusive litigation – where she could outspend her opponents at the ratio of $1,000 to one – with her phalanx of attorneys – in the money-driven US legal system – she made her enemies destitute, unable to defend themselves. She ruined lives. She shattered fortunes; she made them bankrupt.

Within this same system, she now finds herself without enough money to buy her own [temporary] freedom.  This must be a new and hopefully educational experience for her.  She has not enough money to save herself in the arena she chose to battle against the human spirit. Perhaps this is the beginning of her long road of reclamation.

It will be seen tomorrow if she gets the financial help she needs.  And later, hopefully, the spiritual help – which must come from within.





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5 years ago

I wonder, is she sorry about all the money she set aside for Keith’s defense and possible home detention? Or is she so far gone would she choose to go to jail so Keith can be free?

maybe that's why he got it up front
maybe that's why he got it up front
5 years ago
Reply to  Heather

She’s still wearing that heart on a chain though – I’d say she is still the master’s dog. For some of them, it might be easier if they never wake up to the reality of what they have done and what they have supported. The red pill here is going to pack an enormous emotional wallop for any of them left with a true conscience.

5 years ago

We all share the blame for this tragedy….


Nancy McGuire
Nancy McGuire
5 years ago

Spiritual help not from within but from God….unless she knows Him.

Boo hoo Clare Bear
Boo hoo Clare Bear
5 years ago

After typing this I will play “My heart bleeds for you” on the worlds smallest violin, my fingers.

Let’s see who is stupid enough to bail her out of the effects of her causes.

Maybe shes get off the concentration camp diet if she did some jail time.

5 years ago

Clare is the biggest monetary victim of Raniere’s scams.
If Clare had taken Frank Parlsto’s advice over 10 years ago she would have dumped Raniere and she would be far richer and would not look like a bag lady.

Clare is no victim
Clare is no victim
5 years ago

I dont think you can be a victim when you get pure joy from destroying lives. That is what Clare Bear has done with the money she never earned.

If she really wanted to be a humanitarian, she would of used her money for good instead of helping her “some time lover” do evil.

5 years ago

Disappointed in the legal system. Clare should do as others. Because she is a parasite and has money she inherited and has not produced, she does not have the right to get those privileges. Stupid law system

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.” 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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