Explosive New Document Confirms Clare Bronfman was Directing NXIVM and Trying to Prove India Oxenberg was Sane

Clare Bronfman 2017

An Order by Magistrate Judge Vera M. Scanlon that was originally filed “Under Seal” – but that has was released earlier today in redacted form – underscores that Clare Bronfman had, in fact, become the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of NXIVM by late 2017.

Magistrate Judge Vera Scanlon sides with Clare Bronfman on Dr, Dietz Materials

The ruling had to do with whether a series of email communications are, as Clare has been arguing, entitled to attorney-client privilege – and, thus, should not be turned over to the prosecution and/or Clare’s co-defendants.

The communications in question are referred to throughout the Order as the “Dr. Park Dietz Documents”.

Regular readers of the Frank Report will likely recognize the name Dr. Park Dietz.

We first reported back on December 25, 2017 that Dr. Dietz had been retained by NXIVM to conduct a psychiatric evaluation of India Oxenberg in order to determine If she was competent to take more NXIVM classes.


Dr. Deitz was asked to evaluate if India Oxenberg was competent to take Nxivm courses [but curiously he was not asked to evaluate if she was competent to be a member of DOS] And yet Clare Bronfman declared that Dr. Dietz did evaluate DOS. Yet another falsehood from our prevaricating heiress.
As we also reported at that time, Dr. Dietz was not asked to determine if India was competent enough to make an informed decision about joining – or remaining – a member of DOS.

Famous forensic psychiatrist, Dr. Park Dietz was retained by Clare Bronfman in 2017 to try to prove that India Oxenberg was sane and not a brainwashed member of DOS/Nxivm. It was a wise choice for Clare since Dr. Deitz had previously examined cannibal/mass murderer Jeffrey Dahmer and declared he was sane.

At the same time, we reported about Dr. Dietz’ hiring to evaluate India, we also offered to hire him to do a mental health evaluation of Keith Raniere.

In large part, that offer was based on what appeared to be his keen insight into the minds of narcissists and psychopaths.

As we quoted him at the time: “Narcissists and psychopaths are “exploitative of others– they use people to meet their own needs,” and “feel a sense of entitlement. . . . ‘The world owes me respect, money and fame.’ They require constant attention and admiration from others, and they lack empathy.”


On her webpage, Clare Bronfman declared that


Referring to Dr. Dietz, Clare wrote, “[W]hile I am not and never have been a member of the sorority, I was reassured to hear from one of the leading forensic psychiatrists in the country… conclude[d] that the sorority has not coerced nor abused anyone. In fact, the sorority has truly benefited the lives of its members, and does so freely. I find no fault in a group of women (or men for that matter) freely taking a vow of loyalty and friendship with one another to feel safe while pushing back against the fears that have stifled their personal and professional growth. It’s not for any of us to judge how they, or anyone else, choose to advance their lives and values”. Read Her entire statement – which came out when the FBI EDNY was investigating Nxivm – and Frank Report announced this to readers.


Via Judge Scanlon’s Order, we now know that it was Clare Bronfman who oversaw the hiring of Dr. Dietz – and who, along with NXIVM’s attorney, Robert Crockett, made arrangements for him to evaluate India.

We also learned, not surprisingly, that Dr. Dietz was hired through Crockett’s law firm rather than directly by NXIVM – which is a maneuver that NXIVM has been using for years to shroud many of its shady activities in a false mantle of attorney-client privilege (e.g., Juval Aviv/Interfor; Sitrick & Co.; etc.).

But it was Clare who was clearly directing the operation, thus confirming that she had supplanted Nancy Salzman as the CEO of NXIVM – and that she had also replaced Kristin Keeffe as the company’s Legal Liaison.

In a summary of her ruling on the matter, Judge Scanlon wrote: “Therefore, documents created by Defendant Bronfman, Attorney Crockett or Dr. Dietz in the course of the investigation of the case, other than reports, would not be subject to disclosure. In addition, statements made by Defendant Bronfman to her attorney or Dr. Dietz, and any statement made by Dr. Dietz, as a prospective defense witness, to Defendant Bronfman or her counsel, are also exempted from disclosure”.


In addition to confirming Clare Bronfman’s elevated role in the cult, Judge Scanlon’s Order also contained several other startling findings.

These include the following:

When Judge Scanlon conducted a search on the database of the New York Secretary of State, it found five entities under the name “NXIVM”

Oddly enough, when we did a similar search today, we only came up with four such entities, two of which are “Inactive”:
NXIVM Corporation – Inactive
NXIVM Corporation – Inactive
NXIVM Properties LLC – Active
NXIVM LLC – Active

Had she done the same search in Delaware, she would have also found one there: NXIVM Corporation – File Number 2922183.

And yet another in Puerto Rico: NXIVM Corporation – Registry Number 147575.

The curious thing is why Judge Scanlon decided that because there’s an active limited liability company named NXIVM LLC in New York State, that means NXIVM Corporation is still an active corporation.

How curious…It’s almost like Judge Scanlon actually ignored tangible evidence to come up with that ruling.


One other curiosity in Judge Scanlon’s Order was the revelation that the prosecution had cited the decision in NXIVM Corporation v. O’Hara 241 F.R.D. 109 (N.D.N.Y. 2007) in making its argument that the “Dr. Park Dietz Documents” are not entitled to attorney-client privilege protection.

That case, which is often cited in discussions about the topic of attorney-client privilege, involved NXIVM’s attempt to cloak reports it had received from its public relations firm, Sitrick & Company, in attorney-client privilege because it had hired the firm through its consultant/attorney, Joe O’Hara.

Judge Scanlon distinguished the current matter involving Dr. Dietz from the O’Hara case by first pointing out that the O’Hara case was a civil matter. She then went on to point out that in the current matter, Robert Crockett was copied on almost every communication – which is quite different from what had happened in the O’Hara case.


The “bottom line” is that the prosecution is not going to be able to see – let alone use – any of the communications between/among Clare Bronfman, Dr. Dietz, Robert Crockett, and Clare Bronfman (and India Oxenberg).

So be it… Because it will have little impact, if any, on the prosecution’s trial strategy – and certainly none on the outcome of the trial.

But to win this particular battle, Clare had to prove that she was in charge of NXIVM back in December 2017 – and that she was the one calling the shots, directing the attorneys, hiring the experts, etc., etc., etc.

Congratulations, Clare.

You just ensured that your name will be the first one listed on every civil lawsuit that gets filed in the aftermath of the criminal case.

Viva Executive Success!

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  • No wonder Nancy Salzman didn’t have to think very hard to take a plea deal.

    How is it an owner of a company (Nancy Salzman) can be replaced by someone else (Clare Bronfman)?

    It only goes to prove that Keith Raniere was the one running the show and Nancy Salzman was just a place holder until he had extracted all he needed from her.

    Clare Bronfman had a high school diploma and was a pony jumper. How does that qualify her to be the CEO of anything other than stable hands?

    • Yup. Bahahaha is correct. Nancy felt nice and important with her pretty Prefect/Founder title. But she was used and sucked dry by Keith. And yes, she made lots of money and (as far as we know) didn’t try to stop the criminality. Nobody feels too bad for Nancy, BUT don’t try to put her anywhere near Keith’s level of responsibility.

  • Krclaviger,

    What I love about this article is the way you keep a certain level of suspense for the reader to the end…

    ….And then let us know Clare Bronfman screwed herself good.

    Thanks I much enjoyed this article!!!!

  • Yolanda, you know you’re not allowed to use the internet while on a day pass from the mental ward.

  • I’m tired of this pedophilia crap. In my country, the age of consent is 12. Don’t judge us. We know a thing or two you American prudes do not. #HateTheHypocrisy. Vanguard taught that a girl becomes a woman at puberty and in Mexico this is understood. Stop trying to disempower women by artificially raising the age when a girl decides to become a woman. #FreeVanguardNOW!

    • I believe it has been reported here that many jurisdictions in Mexico have a HIGHER age of consent than the country’s minimum of 12.

    • Dear Pea Mush Brain,

      Major problem with your Keith Raniere pedophilia crap. Raniere wasn’t in Mexico when he engaged in sex with girls too young to consent to his pedophilia crap.

      Keith Raniere, being in the good old USA, a country that has laws against Raniere’s pedophilia crappy behavior, means he is… yep wait for it…. an accused freaking pedophile. He’s going to be found guilty.

      So why you and you Mexican country men and women want your 12 & over girls to have sex with any man who wants her, go ahead. Just don’t do it in The United States of America with under age girls.

      Its against the law here Pea Brain.

    • Yolanda, while I value your comments greatly, I have to disagree here. You don’t have to be a prude to know that sex between a 50-year-old man and a 15 year-old-girl is just wrong.

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