NXIVM Lawsuit: Eight Women Seek Anonymity; Hope to Tie What Raniere Did to Them to Bronfman’s $500 Million

Clare [l] and Sara [r] Bronfman

Frank Report is covering the federal lawsuit, Sarah Edmondson et al., against Keith Raniere et al.

It has been called the NXIVM lawsuit; some call it the Glazer lawsuit after attorney Neil Glazer, who orchestrated it before the criminal case against Keith Raniere began.

This civil case was first filed on January 28, 2020, amended on Aug. 13, 2021, and amended  on February 25, 2022.

The matter is before US District Court Judge Eric Komitee. It is going through the motions, the principal two being motions to dismiss by some of the defendants and a motion by the plaintiffs to keep the identities of nine plaintiffs shielded from the public.

There are 70 plaintiffs.

Judge Eric Komitee will preside over the civil trial against the Bronfmans; if their motion to dismiss fails,

The Substance of the Matter

The lawsuit, Sarah Edmondson et al., against Keith Raniere et al., might be more accurately titled: Camila, Daniela, and Nicole et al., against Clare and Sara Bronfman, et NON al.

I write “et non al” because of the 15 defendants; four are corporations without assets, nine defendants have little to no assets, and two have about $500 million.

Therefore, this lawsuit is about holding two sisters, Clare and Sara Bronfman, liable for the damages alleged by all 70 plaintiffs.

If the Bronfman sisters, or at least one of them, cannot be held liable, there is no lawsuit since the object of it is to collect money.

Efforts at Anonymity Has Shifted

In trying to preserve the anonymity of nine plaintiffs, the identities of the other plaintiffs have been released.

A few weeks ago, the NXIVM case had only ten fully identified plaintiffs. The other 60 were identified by first names only or by numbered Jane and John Does.

It became a matter of strategy for the lawyers for the plaintiffs, led by Glazer, to pick and choose which plaintiffs should fight to keep anonymity. In civil lawsuits, plaintiffs do not usually enjoy the same level of anonymity that victims of certain crimes do in criminal cases.

Most of the plaintiffs would not get anonymity in a criminal case. The majority of plaintiffs, some 44 of 70, are claiming that they took NXIVM courses as their primary claim. By the nature of the company’s alleged bad faith and fraudulent practices, they were damaged financially and psychologically. Of the 44, all but nine are also claiming that they worked as volunteers, for which they should have been compensated. The lawsuit does not specify what their free labor was. However, unlike some other plaintiffs, these 35 are not claiming it was forced labor.

As Judge Komitee pointed out, there appear to be two separate lawsuits. The plaintiffs felt they were deceived into taking classes distinct from a smaller group with various claims.

The larger group’s claims, Judge Komitee said, seem to resemble a consumer fraud lawsuit. In contrast, the allegations made by women who claimed abuses such as sex trafficking, forced labor, and rape, primarily associated with the secret sorority of DOS, form a separate lawsuit.

Perhaps a third group might fall in the middle, who were not exploited sexually but have more complicated claims than merely taking a class or two and being consequently damaged.

Plaintiffs’ attorney Neil Glazer

Attorney Glazer understood that not everyone who wished to remain anonymous could expect to remain anonymous and that the consumer fraud plaintiffs should not have that expectation.

The argument that the paying for and attending classes, alleging it was sold with fraudulent intent and brazen deception, is not so prejudicial to plaintiffs’ reputations that it trumps the public’s right to know.

It was, at first, the strategy of the legal team that all plaintiffs who wanted anonymity should have it. But cases evolve as they proceed. A sober analysis of the remarks of the judge, particularly his comment about there being two cases, may have led to a change in strategy.

Rather than a motion for the judge to rule that all who wish for anonymity should get it, which might result in the judge either accepting the argument or rejecting the argument resulting in everyone being named, or conceivably, deciding to parse which plaintiffs should have anonymity, and which should not, Glazer chose to determine which plaintiffs should seek anonymity.

He chose to limit the motion for anonymity, and the majority of plaintiffs who had been anonymous were given a choice to drop out of the lawsuit or stay in and be named.

Several dropped out but most chose to remain and be named.

This changed the number of plaintiffs seeking anonymity from 60 to nine.

However, these nine, which include the sisters, Camila and Daniela, plus Nicole, the woman the jury in the Raniere criminal case found had been sex trafficked by Raniere, plus five other DOS women, have claims that, if they prevail, will likely result in an award larger than the other plaintiffs added together.

However, the challenge of the case is to be able to tie the Bronfman sisters to claims that relate to the conduct of the penniless and incarcerated Raniere.

Of the nine plaintiffs seeking anonymity, in addition to Camila, Daniela and Nicole, are two women identified as Jane Does and six by first names only. The sole man in this group is Adrian. He is anonymous because he is the brother of Camila and Daniela and to reveal his last name is to reveal theirs.

From the start, there were ten who never sought anonymity. Sarah Edmondson, Anthony Ames, Mark Vicente, Bonnie Piesse, Jessica Joan Salazar, Tabitha Chapman, Toni Natalie, Ashley McLean, and Ana Ceclia.

Ceclia has dropped out of the lawsuit.

Judge Komitee has yet to decide whether the nine will have anonymity throughout the case. He made a temporary order that until the arguments are heard, the parties are not to disclose the names of the nine plaintiffs.

The defendants, of course, are all named.

They are:

Keith Raniere
Lauren Slzman

Nancy Salzman

Clare Bronfman

Clare Bronfman

Sara Bronfman
Allison Mack,
Kathy Russell
Karen Unterreiner,
Dr. Brandon Porter,

Dr. Danielle Roberts,

Nicki Clyne,

And four corporations:

  1. NXIVM Corporation,
  2. Executive Success Programs, Inc,
  3. Ethical Science Foundation,
  4. First Principles.

.The names of 70 plaintiffs are Second Amended Complaint:

  1. Sarah Edmondson,
  2. Toni Natalie
  3. Jane Doe  8
  4. Jane Doe 9,
  5. Mark Vicente,
  6. Jessica Joan Salazar,
  7. Nicole,
  8. Daniela,
  9. Camila,
  10. India Oxenberg,
  11. Bonnie Piesse,
  12. Tabitha Chapman,
  13. Ashley McLean,
  14. Anthony Ames,
  15. Maja Miljkovic,
  16. Charlotte,
  17. Allison Rood,
  18. Lindsay MacInnis,
  19. Owen Giroux,
  20. Elham Menhaji,
  21. Ariella Menashy,
  22. Warne Livesey,
  23. Katie Shaw,
  24. Tanya Hubbard,
  25. Soukiana Mehdaoui,
  26. Nils MacQuarrie,
  27. Philip Akka,
  28. Yan Huang,
  29. Veronica Jaspeado,
  30. Susan Pratt,
  31. Sarah Wall,
  32. Chad Williams,
  33. Rod Christiansen,
  34. Anthony Madani,
  35. Ken Kozak,
  36. Shayna Holmes,
  37. Isabella Constantino,
  38. Margot Leviton,
  39. Susan Wysocki,
  40. Jennifer Kobelt,
  41. Caryssa Cottrell,
  42. Andrea Hammond,
  43. Jeffrey Goldman,
  44. Adrian,
  45. Valerie,
  46. Rosalyn Cua,
  47. Madeline Carrier,
  48. Deanne Brunelle,
  49. Kristin,
  50. Sara Lim,
  51. Stephanie Fair-Layman,
  52. Scott Star,
  53. Brieanna Fiander,
  54. Alejandro Balassa,
  55. Kayla Grosse,
  56. Michelle Neal,
  57. Gabrielle Gendron,
  58. Ashley Harvey,
  59. Palema Cooley,
  60. Susan Patricia Vieta,
  61. Polly Green,
  62. Karla Diaz Cano,
  63. Rachel,
  64. Paloma Pena,
  65. Christopher Black,
  66. Robert Gray,
  67. Rees Alan Haynes,
  68. Adrienne Stiles,
  69. Hannah Vanderheyden,
  70. Juliana Vicente.

The plaintiffs are asserting various claims, and these include:

  1. sex trafficking
  2. human trafficking,
  3. forced labor,
  4. peonage,
  5. malicious abuse of legal process,
  6. conspiracy,
  7. “unauthorized human research,”
  8. battery,
  9. intentional infliction of emotional distress,
  10. negligence,
  11. negligence per se,
  12. gross negligence,
  13. failure to report rape or other sexual assaults,
  14. claims under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act

 

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  • Riddle me this:

    Why was Allison Mack’s old townhouse listed for sale just 3 days ago?
    April Fool’s Day 2022

    And it is list by Franca DiCrescenzo, a NXIVM coach who often handles NXIVM HOUSE LISTINGS.

    By Laura Darby
    Clifton Park

    Is NXIVM in a cash crisis?

    The following properties are all listed for sale through Armida Rose Realty. One of the brokers of Armida Rose is NXIVM coach Franca DiCrescenzo. Historically, most Espians use her for their real estate transactions.
    [It’s all about keeping the wealth within the family right?]

    These are for sale and represent a shocking development that suggest either a cash crisis [perhaps for legal fees] or an awareness that the leaders are never coming back.

    Franca, a NXIVM coach, helps fellow NXIVM members buy and sell their homes in the Albany area. Now a surprising number of properties have been quietly placed on the market. It is not known if Franca is branded and a DOS slave.
    https://frankreport.com/2018/03/12/nxivm-properties-in-albany-going-up-for-sale-listed-by-franca-dicrescenzo/

    LISTING UPDATED: 04/01/2022 07:47 AM
    Status Active
    MLS # 202214500
    Days on Market: 3
    Taxes: $4,220 / year
    HOA Fees: $115 / month
    Condo/Co-op Fees:
    Compass Type: Single Family
    MLS Type: Residential / Single Family Residence
    Year Built: 1985
    Lot Size: 0.08 AC / 3,484 SF
    County: Saratoga County
    Listing Agent
    Franca M DiCrescenzo
    Franca M DiCrescenzo

    Armida Rose Realty Group

    franca@armidarose.com
    P: 518.857.3907

    M: 518.857.3907

  • “nine defendants have little to no assets, and two have about $500 million…
    If the Bronfman sisters… cannot be held liable, there is no lawsuit since the object of it is to collect money.”

    First, there is no evidence that those nine defendants have little or no money. Allison Mack is a multimillionaire actress who stands to inherit from her multimillionaire parents. She MAY have spent all that on her legal defense. Maybe not. She will be out of prison in a couple of years and for all anyone knows she might write a book about how she was exploited by mean man Raniere, do the talk show circuit as another Me Too, and make more millions. Stranger things have happened.

    The Salzmans are adept at concealing money. As in shoeboxes of the stuff.

    Those yoga pictures of Roberts look like they were taken in a pretty nice upper middle class house.

    All of these people learned how to run a nice profitable scam. Who knows what the future holds for them, money wise?

    I want to be sure they never get to enjoy it. Ever.

    Second, let’s nip in the bud the idea that civil lawsuits are all about money-grubbing lawyers and their scheming clients. The Leftovers are fond of this idea, which almost automatically makes it a bad one.

    Many civil lawsuits are about JUSTICE. Compensatory damages to right a wrong and punitive damages to punish the wicked and deter wrongdoing. I’ve posted examples before and here’s another one

    https://www.morningjournalnews.com/wire/?category=5020&ID=181338

    The 9th District Court of Appeals upheld a $31 million judgment on Thursday, March 31, 2022 against Oberlin College that had been awarded to Gibson’s Bakery and Food Mart that successfully claimed it was libeled by the school after a shoplifting incident in November of 2016. The court rejected all of the college’s appeal arguments. Oberlin students and staff staged protests outside the market after the shoplifting incident . A jury in June 2019 awarded story owners $44 million in compensatory and punitive damages and $6 million in attorney fees. The Gibsons’ award was later reduced by a judge to $25 million…”

      • Ugliness is subjective. Once a woman said I was the second ugliest person she had ever seen. When she saw I was deeply offended, she corrected herself, and said I was in fact the ugliest and we were happy again.

Frank Parlato

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.” 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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