New law in New York opens door to lawsuits against Keith Raniere & NXIVM

Pamela A. Nichols

On February 14, 2019, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed into law the Child Victims Act, thus ending a decade’s old battle to change New York State’s rules regarding victims of childhood sexual abuse.

Prior to the enactment of the new law, all such victims had to initiate any civil claims and/or criminal claims they wished to pursue against their abuser before they turned 23.

They also had to initiate any civil and/or criminal claims they wished to pursue against any institution that was involved in their abuse before they turned 21.

Not surprisingly, very few claims for childhood sexual abuse were ever initiated in New York State. That’s because it often takes victims a long period of time before they can speak out about what happened to them, let alone take steps to do something about it.

Here are some interesting research outcomes regarding the topic of childhood sexual abuse:
– 1 in 5 girls and 1 in 20 boys is a victim of childhood sexual abuse.
– Between 60% and 80% of adults who were sexually abused as children don’t disclose it until they are adults.
– Only a small minority of people who were sexually abused as children – i.e., 10% – 18% – recall any authorities being told of what happened to them.
– A study funded by the National Institute of Mental Health concluded that the typical child sex offender “molests an average of 117 youngsters, most of whom do not report the offense”.
– Survivors of childhood sexual abuse are 10 to 13 times more likely to attempt suicide.
– 73% of childhood sexual abuse victims do not tell anyone about the abuse for at least 1 year; 45% do not tell anyone for 5 years; and some never disclose it at all.

Under the Child Victims Act, new victims of childhood sexual abuse will be able to file a criminal complaint against their alleged abuser any time before they turn 28. And new victims of childhood sexual abuse will also be able to pursue civil claims against their alleged abuser – and/or against any institution that was involved in the abuse – until they reach the age of 55.

Although it’s been alleged that Keith Raniere, the head of the NXIVM slave cult, has been sexually abusing underage girls most of his adult life, the reality is that he has not engaged in any such activity for the past 11 months. But that’s only because he’s been incarcerated throughout that period of time at the Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC) in Brooklyn, NY, awaiting trial on a variety of charges that could lead to him spending the rest of his life in federal prison.

So, Raniere may be sitting in his cell at MDC thinking how lucky he is that New York State just got around to finally passing the Child Victims Act. Otherwise, he could be facing criminal rape charges – and some huge civil lawsuits.

Well, Keith, we’ve got some good news – and some bad news – for you.

The “good news” is that you will very likely not face any criminal charges for all those underage girls that you raped over the years.

But the “bad news” is that’s there a provision in the Child Victims Act that establishes a one-year “litigation window” for any victim, regardless of age, to take civil action against their perpetrator and/or the institution that was involved in the abuse.

Yep, that’s right, Keith. All those underage girls you raped over the years will now be able to bring civil claims against you – and very likely against all your NXIVM-related entities. And since NXIVM was almost totally dependent on Clare and Sara Bronfman for the funds it needed to maintain its operations, they may be also be held liable in any such lawsuits.

Oh, and one more thing: the Child Victims Act won’t go into effect for another 6 months – which means that the 1-year window for all your victims to file those lawsuits won’t run out until sometime in August 2020.

Viva Executive Success!

As readers might expect, lawyers are coming out of the woodwork to sign up anyone who was sexually abused as a child.

And which law firm in the Albany area is trying to market itself as the “go-to” law firm for filing claims for those victims?

None other than the once-prestigious, now not-so-much O’Connell & Aronowitz law firm.

The same firm that initiated so many legal actions on behalf of Raniere and his sex cult now want to represent victims of childhood sexual abuse. Seriously, I’m not making this up.

If you were sexually abused as a child, Steve Coffey, Pam Nichols and Mike McDermott want to represent you – and ensure that you get all the money you’re entitled to collect and that they get a large chunk of whatever you collect.

Every time you think those three stooges can’t be any sleazier, they prove you wrong.

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    • Claviger can better respond, Somebody, but I believe KAR can still be criminally prosecuted for his crimes against Rhianon under NY State law section 130.75(b) — the old law apparently in effect at the time she was raped.

      I’ve searched online but can’t find when the old law covering these crimes FIRST took effect. The earliest I found it “on the books,” so to speak, was a 2004 online publication. I understand the 1990 laws — when the Rhiannon crimes occurred — were similar and may have even been stricter.
      There are no time-barred statues — time limit on prosecution — for the class B 1st degree felonies perpetrated under the old law in effect before this new law was enacted.

      Here’s a link to the old law that probably applies to Rhianon’s case:

  • lol, someone copied and pasted to Kristin Kreuk’s Instagram account the questions from this article:

    She has deleted all references to it in the comments. She refuses to answer these very important questions and instead deletes them. Why are you refusing to answer the questions Kristin? Got something(s) to hide?

    Also, what is it that Scott Johnson posted to her on twitter? Is that why he was suspended?

    • Scott if you just theoretically posted the Frankreport questions…just the ‘article’ with no insults or threats …. I and all the commenters, salute you!!

      Excluding SultanofSix of course.

      • It wasn’t Scott who posted it. Some one posted it under his full name and you could see what he looked like in his instagram photos. Now the comment and those in response are gone. Did Scott make threats?

        • I wonder if Kristin read all of the questions? I wonder how many others read them before it got deleted? I have an idea. ALL of us should copy and paste those questions to her IG account. She’d go crazy trying to delete them all!

        • Gland,

          I do not know if Scott did or did not make a threat. I do not want to be responsible for starting a rumor about Scott or anyone else.
          I was just giving Scott a compliment with a stipulation, “as long as he had made no insults or threats”.

          I have no idea what Scott did or did not do.

          • Actually, she’s apparently dating a guy named Eric Putzer who is a writer on her new show. It says so on her Wiki page.

            And you guys are just dicks. Spamming her twitter account and/or her instagram account with NXIVM related questions is just a form of harassment which likely will be removed. Kristin doesn’t even have to report them or remove them herself. Anyone of her fans could do it and they will be removed if they are seen as bullying (unlike here). You people don’t seem to know how cults work, but the authorities do and they don’t seem to care at all about Kristin’s involvement in it. If living normal lives is an indicator of unconcern for legal repercussions due to association with NXIVM, which Sarah Edmondson and Mark Vicente seem to be doing from their own Twitter and Instagram accounts, and they were involved in the cult for longer (until 2017), had more income dependence upon it, were much higher ranks in it, then all the more so for Kristin who left in 2013 before sh_t hit the fan, was much lower in rank, and had no income dependence upon it since she seemed to be the most successful of the famous members who had a normal career outside of the cult. She is now executive producing, has been nominated for an esteemed Canadian acting award, is regarded as one of the most amicable people in the industry, and is likely making even more bank as a result of all of these things.

            You guys should move on.

          • Congratulations. It surely does suck to be that insufferable halal nutsack.

            Did you contact Kristin Kook on Twitter? If so, what did you say and is that why you were suspended?

  • I wonder what Pam Nichols avvo rating is?

    Avvo, is an internet lawyer review website. Avvo is Yelp for attorneys. I bet Pam has a high ranking.


    I know I’m gonna catch all kinds of hell for this, whether Frank publishes it or not — see if he does — but it IS President’s Day and IS on-topic for the thread…

    IDK if he can be sued while still in office but remember this story: a woman named Katie Johnson claimed Donald Trump raped her in 1994 at the age of 13 when she was allegedly a sex slave for Jeffrey Epstein. She threatened to sue Trump in 2016. Her case was prolly time barred in NY — allegedly happened in Manhattan.

    Not saying POTUS is guilty — innocent until proven and all that — but maybe Katie will reappear through that “look back window?” (If the matter wasn’t already settled somehow.)

  • I guess those guys really are ambulance chasers. I would have presumed they would be wanting to defend all the predators.


    Link to 2009 interview with Steve Coffey repping the Bronfman sisters — defending Albany’s most notorious Pedophile, KAR.

    (Note where Sara starts to gush over Keith inspiring her love for the Dalai Lama but Clare and Coffey hastily cut her off…like she’s not being brainwashed by a reputed child molester.)

    Un-fucken-believable these piggies are lined up at the trough for yet another helping of Bronfman pie! 🤯.

    It would be so beautifully poetic if you represented the victims, Claviger.

  • Well there is a good place Pam’s trust fund can go. She pimped for her KAR, her trust can pay for all that under age sex he got.

  • When I think of all the torment Rhiannon and other young girls went through because of the pervert Raniere, money seems an inadequate remedy for the harm he and his NXIVM enablers caused.
    No one can bring back their lost childhoods.

    • Hi Pam,

      Pam, have you been following the ABA Rules and guidelines for lawyers? (i.e., being a decent human).

      The American Bar Association Model Rule 6.1 states that “a lawyer should aspire to render at least (50) hours of pro bono publico legal services per year.” Some companies have created structured pro bono programs to make it easier for lawyers to give back.

      Pam Nichols could help out people that have been molested pro bono. i.e., the poor.

      Pam we both know you have probably never helped out anyone pro bono. Have you ? Maybe I am wrong.

      • If you have been a client of Pam Nichols, you should go the lawyer review website and leave a review.

    • Shadow, I couldn’t agree more. I believe rape and especially rape of children should invoke the death penalty. Rape is worse than murder because like you said, nothing can get them back their lost childhoods, their lost virtue, the emotional damage they have to live with. Rape of children is worse than murder.

      • Somebody,

        There are only 4 unforgivable crimes:

        1. Murder
        2. Rape
        3. Child molestation
        4. Being a shitty parent.

        Number 4 is not a joke.

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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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