Raniere’s Curcio hearing today – Vanguard wants to stay with Agnifilo despite co-defendant Bronfman paying his lawyers

Keith Alan Raniere – known to the world as Vanguard – was before Judge Nicholas Garaufis today for his Curcio Hearing.

The hearing was convened to determine if Vanguard understands the potential for a conflict of interest with his present attorneys since they are being paid by his co-defendant, Clare Bronfman, through a trust she established subsequent to his arrest on March 26, 2018, and prior to her own arrest on July 24th.

Raniere spoke directly to the judge, perhaps for the first time ever, declaring he was happy with his lawyers, Marc Agnifilo and Paul DerOhannesian.

Marc Agnifilo and Paul DerOhannesian (pronounced Dear-O-Nxian.)

Raniere said, “I have the right to have an attorney that holds my interest above all others. I believe my attorneys do, and I have confidence in them.”

Appearing in a handsome greenish-brown jumpsuit, and with a remarkable shock of black hair with a couple of splotches of grey where the dye missed, Raniere looked considerably heavier than when he was the sleek and athletic Vanguard – the delight of the eyes of his numerous female harem members.

He also appeared in prison shoes that seemed strangely too large for his feet prompting some to compare them to the over-sized shoes worn by clowns for comedic effect.

Not a real photo of Keith Raniere. The difficulty in finding Raniere a good shoe fit is exacerbated by the fact that his feet are almost square – about six inches wide by six inches long. In order to get a normal shoe manufactured wide enough to accommodate the width, it seems like the length must exceed 14 inches.

During the proceeding, the judge asked Raniere a series of questions to ascertain if he clearly understood the potential conflict and advised him that he might qualify for a taxpayer-funded public defender.

Raniere seemed to answer the questions with succinct clarity and reportedly called the judge “Your Honor.”

Ironically, the judge did not reciprocate the honorific by calling him “Vanguard” and also evidently did not bow when Raniere entered the courtroom.

It is not immediately clear how the judge reacted to the dulcet tones of the Vanguard whose IQ, he has stated, is 240, but, based on the opinion of several legal observers watching the case, and his own assertion that he understands the potential conflict, it seems likely the judge will permit Raniere to continue to be represented by his present attorneys.

After his appearance, Raniere was led out of the courtroom and immediately handcuffed and shackled. Soon after, he was led out of the courthouse and returned to the Metropolitan Detention Center, where a strip search of his bodily cavities was performed and completed just in time for dinner.

It is not known whether any of the jail food is spiced with garlic – for which Raniere has an aversion -which, in turn, has prompted his increasing plumpness, but, by all indications, Raniere has been unable to resist the food in jail in all forms – including meat and is known to lick his platter clean at every meal.

His evening fare reportedly consisted of two savory hot dogs with one bun, on a bed of edible potato salad, delectable baked beans in a brown water sauce that was more than generously added to enhance the quantity of the beans by weight, and a heaping helping of aged, nearly frozen cole slaw.

For beverage, Raniere got to enjoy a generous 4 oz cup of fruit juice. Our jailhouse source, however, was unable to immediately identify which fruit it purportedly was originally made from.

It may sound redundant; it may sound trite, but I think it may be fairly stated: Viva Executive Success!

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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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