Did Clare Bronfman Hire Avenatti To Shut Down Frank Report? – Will Geragos Be Indicted?

Everyone has heard the adage: “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks”.

But not everyone has heard the reverse of that adage: “Old dogs can still do old tricks”.

Well, it looks like Clare Bronfman AKA the Faux Fainter is back to her old tricks – at least as far as her dealings with Frank Parlato are concerned.

According to a letter that was filed last week by her court-appointed Curcio attorney, Donna S. Newman, one of the primary reasons that Bronfman hired Michael Avenatti was to serve “as a consultant…in a civil matter pending in the Western District of New York”.

The only known civil matter involving Bronfman in the Western District of New York is the Bronfman v. Parlato case that is pending in the New York Supreme Court in Niagara County.

In conjunction with that lawsuit, Clare and her sister, Sara, are seeking to force Frank to return the $1 million they originally advanced to him as a partial- payment of the fee he was going to earn as the Project Manager for their Los Angeles real estate project.

Frank, in turn, is seeking payment of the total $7.5 million of fees that he would have earned had they not breached the contract fired him from that role – after he recovered $26 million in assets for them – and replaced him with Jim Del Negro.

In a painfully obvious attempt at some serious ass-covering, Newman explained in her letter to Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis that “the exact terms of what [Avenatti’s] role might be in the civil matter were not formalized and were not settled, to Ms. Bronfman’s knowledge”.


Clare Bronfman – the person who retained Avenatti to help out on her case with Frank – doesn’t know whether Avenatti ‘s role on the case was agreed upon and settled?

Well, then who the hell does?

Given Avenatti’s past performance as Stormy Daniels’ attorney – and his recent attempt to extort more than $20 million from Nike – I think we can deduce exactly what he was hired to do with respect to Frank.

Avenatti was hired to cajole, harass, intimidate, threaten, and, if/as necessary, extort Frank until Frank agreed to stop writing nasty stories about Clare.

So, Clare is still employing the same basic tactics that she used throughout the time that she served as Director of Operations for NXIVM/ESP: hire the sleaziest, most unethical lawyers you can find – and pay them exorbitant amounts of money to punish anyone you consider to be an enemy.

Avenatti was just going to be the latest in a long line of attorneys who have opted for huge fees over ethics when it comes to representing Clare Bronfman and the NXIVM/ESP cult.

But Avenatti got kicked to the sidelines when the attorneys representing Nike decided to call in the feds rather than give in to his extortionist demands.

Without intending to do so, Nike’s attorneys did Frank a huge favor by exposing Avenatti’s thug-like tactics.

Otherwise, there’s no telling what he would have done to shut down the Frank Report.

Frank tells me he would have been happy to have Avenatti oppose him in the lawsuit for it would certainly bring enormous publicity to the Frank Report.


In last week’s Curcio hearing, Judge Garaufis did not bother pursuing some of the more obvious bullshit that was contained in the letter he received from Newman.

In addition to Clare not knowing whether the terms of Avenatti’s role in the civil matter involving Frank were ever finalized, she also didn’t know whether he was going to be part of the legal team representing her at her upcoming criminal trial.

As explained by Newman, “To Ms. Bronfman’s knowledge, it was not contemplated that Mr. Avenatti would represent Ms. Bronfman before the Court in any proceedings in the Eastern District of New York”.

Once again, if Clare doesn’t know whether he was going to be representing her, then who the hell does?


Judge Garaufis got exactly what he needed, however, at last week’s hearing: i.e., Clare stated on the record that even though she is aware of the fact that Mark Geragos may be under investigation by the Southern District of New York and the FBI – and even though those investigations could lead to Geragos being indicted – she still wants him to be her lead attorney.

One more potential appeal issue off the table.


Given the fact that Geragos has now admitted to being involved with Avenatti in two very sleazy undertakings – trying to extort more than $20 million from Nike and trying to use some unnamed party’s information about another criminal matter to get a better plea deal for Clare – the odds of him being indicted have risen sharply.

Adding to those odds is this cryptic order that was issued by Judge Garaufis after last Thursday’s Curcio hearing: “The Government may share the contents of its March 26, 2019 sealed letter [to the Court] with the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. Otherwise, the letter remains under seal until further order of this court”.

What effect, if any, such an indictment will have in terms of Clare’s criminal trial moving forward is hard to say at this time. Based on our initial research, it appears that an indicted attorney can still represent others in court proceedings.

But whether – or when – Geragos gets indicted may not be all that important. Given the fact that Clare is already involved in plea deal negotiations strongly suggests that she may decide not to roll the dice and go to trial.

Maybe at the end of the day, it will be just Raniere sitting at the defense table with Marc Agnifilo when the trial in the matter of the U.S. v. Raniere actually starts.

As the Vanguard liked to remind his followers: “He who has the most joy wins”.

And what can be more joyful than being involved in a trial that could result in a life sentence for your criminal acts – and not having even one member of your inner circle by your side?

Viva Executive Success! 

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  • Looks like poor Clare Bronfman is going to be tongue punching some fart boxes in prison.

    Normally paying protection money means you get left alone in prison, however when a certain someone helped a child molesting piece of shit, the protection money now will only go so far. The protection money will keep her alive but with no other extra benefit.

    My advice to Clare would be to chew a lot of gum.

  • Can we have an update on cry baby jane? Is he in population or still in solitary confinement? Does he have money on his books? Does he still consider himself the vanguard? I think the peanut butter in the shoe was code for someone putting a foot up his sissy ass. Someone should of course “Just Do It “

  • Why does Clare Bronfman want Mark Geragos as her attorney?

    Geragos is most famous for defending singer Michael Jackson from child molestation charges.

    Clare hired Geragos when she first learned that she was facing charges of grooming girls for sex with Raniere.

    • BC Clare believes in evil, IMO, obviously — in the power of the almighty dollar to buy the most vile, most corrupt, most apparently able to fend off justice and free her to carry on with her evil doings for her evil master without punishment to them either.

      • So far Cruella Bronfman has been able to buy a lot of courts in upstate New York.
        But she’s about to discover that in Brooklyn that there are some things money can not buy.

        • Damn right. The EDNY does not F around, as I believe they all are starting to realize. Check out the list of attorneys and investigators on the proposed jury questionnaire. The feds are throwing a ton of resources at this case. And Scott is right: “IRS” are wonderful letters.

  • From the boiling water to the frying pan. Im a faithful reader and so amazed at these people still acting as if they are above the law. Rape, murder, extortion Frank, I wish you all the best. You have one hell of a team fighting the ” good ” fight.

  • Perhaps a better question would be – Why wouldn’t she ( I am not typing that turd piles name ) want to shut it down?

  • What if the Bar eventually takes disciplinary action against Geragos? There’s some risk that if the trial were to drag out or be postponed – and in a trial like this, exceptional circumstances such as that are more likely than usual – Geragos could be left unable to practice law, before the proceedings were concluded. It seems to me that if Geragos has done things that leave him facing both possible indictment, and a likely Bar which could lead to suspension or disbarment, that he’d be under the gun to recuse himself from representation in a case that might be protracted.

    • Unless Raniere changes his mind and decides he wants more time, it appears the trial will go on as scheduled. Mack asked for a 30 day delay a week or so ago because of the new charges and the judge turned her down.

      • Yes, the judge seems to be trying very hard to keep it on track. But if there’s any kind of hiccup, then it gets pushed to early 2020 due to scheduling issues.

        Maybe the calculus will be that Geragos getting his law license pulled, is no more likely than the sort of events that can’t be planned for, like something else happening to a key attorney. But presumably someone is at least thinking through the probabilities. Geragos should be bound by legal ethics to consider if it could affect his ability to represent his client – but the Catch-22 is that it’s only become a consideration, because he’s ethically challenged.

        • The justice train has already started chugging down the tracks. Raniere has said from the beginning he wants the trial sooner, not later. Now that a jury will soon be involved, the judge is going to be even less interested in a delay. He has to be accommodating, but doesn’t have to bend over backwards, just because the defendants are now getting spooked over the reality of the situation.

  • Huh? Clare wants Avenatti to shut down The Frank Report? I hope Mike is at least smart enough to date his legal documents with the correct year, unlike the lawyers Clare’s sister has retained.

      • I’m pretty sure Mike knows the current year, though.
        What kind of lawfirm sends out a subpoena with the incorrect year!?!

        I think the answer is NONE. I think this shows that Omar is trying to pull off another shady trick, and that he’s too inept to even do that correctly.

        Did you take the same “How to trick people and win votes 101” class that baby Wohl already failed, Omar?
        Professor Stone is losing his touch, eh??

          • That’s not something that you report to the bar, so you should know. I thought your wife was a lawyer.

          • Christ it’s harassment. There is no legal reason to file something like that document against someone’s attorney.

            That is an actionable offense filing something like that without any merit.

        • Mike is pretty fuckin stupid sweetie. He has been deballed as has your buddy Dennis. Geragos is coming soon to a theater near you. Stop paying attention to fake media and airhead Scooter Johnson. As Dean wormer said to Flounder “Being fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life son”

  • Frank has said that Avenatti’s horse trading on Clare’s behalf is the sort of advantage only the rich can afford. Will Clare still be willing to make a deal on a level playing field?

    • I don’t think it’s ever going to be a level playing field, unless she’s reduced to having a public defender. She can still afford to do everything from hiring consultants to run mock juries to figure out the best strategies for jury selection and trial strategies, to hiring more mob-type lawyers to engage in dirty tricks like jury tampering. Unfortunately, she may yet get off or get a better outcome than she might have normally, because she can afford to spend enough on lawyers and case preparation to put even the feds at a disadvantage.

      I expect that Bronfman is going to fight in hopes of being able to use her wealth to manipulate the system like she’s gotten away with for so long, so it could be very interesting to see what transpires. Or maybe someone in her family of wealthy bootlegger descendants used to buying their way into respectability, will get tired of having their name dragged through the mug, and she herself will be subject to an extra-legal “accident.”

  • We have your back Frank. There are some that drop comments here that don’t. Keep that in mind Frank.

    • You don’t have squat. You, and almost all of the people commenting here, don’t even use your real names. We have your back, Frank. But we’re not going to tell you who we are, so when the crap hits the fan you won’t have a clue who abandoned you. Even Jesus knew who the disciples were who abandoned Him. LOL

      • Uh yea asshole we do. You are the fucking idiot who puts your name and location out there. Sometimes being a moron doesn’t pay chuckles

        • You guys are actually fighting over which one of you rightfully claims to have Frank Parlato’s back?


          Well Frank you now have your own rabid fan base just like Elvis or Kristin Kreuk.

          Frank Parlato Celebrity………..

          It’s safe to say Frank that you probably don’t want to sleep with any of your new found groupies……LOL

          • I will pay Scott one compliment. Scott would definitely drive or fly from Texas to New York to help Frank. I am actually certain of that fact. How much help Scott could be is debatable.

          • Paralato’s communications are surveilled whether he is in the Keys or the Falls or anywhere else for that matter. I suspect he is aware of this. As for internet punks like Johnson, the dumb turd likes to brag how he is not afraid to reveal who and how great he is. What the dope doesn’t get is that Frankie has some real mean haters in Mexico who might like to send him a message by making one of his internet followers an example.

          • I’ll let others go through life scared out of their wits. There are many other targets that would make a lot more sense than me. Besides, you’d miss my comments! LOL

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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.” In addition, he was credited in the Starz docuseries 'Seduced' for saving 'slave' women from being branded and escaping the sex-slave cult known as DOS.

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 premieres on May 22, 2022.

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