Clare Bronfman Threatens to Sue TNT Over ‘Rich & Shameless’

TNT has a new series. It’s called Rich & Shameless.

TNT will release on May 22 an installment called “The Heiress and the Sex Cult,” focusing on Clare Bronfman.

Here is how TNT advertises it.

“Seagrams heiress Clare Bronfman and her involvement in a nefarious sex cult.”

Clare Bronfman

The episode about Bronfman is further described: The Heiress & the Sex Cult” gives an up-close look at Clare Bronfman, a quiet equestrian and heiress to one of the largest fortunes in the world. When Bronfman meets charismatic self-help guru Keith Raniere, she suddenly becomes the financier of one of the most abusive cults of the 21st century – and consequently, an enabler of her mentor’s twisted desires.”

The episode will run for one hour with commercials. That means 48 minutes without commercials. It is known that several people acquainted with Bronfman did interviews in connection with the documentary. Several of them are not admirers.

Duncan Levin

The Hollywood Reporter announced that Bronfman’s lawyer, Duncan Levin, “is warning creators of… Rich & Shameless to tread carefully in their portrayal of her… 

“In a letter to the network, Warner Bros. Discovery and producer Tom Lindley, a lawyer for Bronfman challenged the series’ depiction that she knowingly funded DOS, a subgroup within Nxivm that trafficked and abused women.”

Levin wrote, “While we hope that this letter will be unnecessary, we are quite alarmed with the misleading and inaccurate promotional materials that have already been issued in connection with the Program and write to strongly caution you to proceed carefully so as not to further defame Ms. Bronfman.”

 Bronfman hasn’t seen the episode.

Levin says the title “creates the impression that Ms. Bronfman knowingly funded or was in any way associated with a ‘sex cult.'”

Levin says his client was only involved in Nxivm, a “well-regarded organization that was and always had been separate and distinct from DOS.”

“Not only is the evidence in the court record extraordinarily clear, but the federal judge presiding over Ms. Bronfman’s case made a specific judicial finding on this point,” Levin writes.

Bronfman pleaded guilty to charges related to immigration fraud and identity theft.

Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis

“I agree with Ms. Bronfman that the available evidence does not establish that she was aware of DOS prior to June 2017 or that she directly or knowingly funded DOS or other sex trafficking activities,” wrote U.S. District Judge Nicholas Garaufis in Bronfman’s sentencing memo.

I do not find that Ms. Bronfman knowingly funded a sex cult.”

She did help fund NXIVM. Bronfman spent at least $116 million on Nxivm, prosecutors alleged. 

The Hollywood Reporter says, “Defamation lawsuits are difficult to win. They have to prove that the people who made the allegedly defamatory statements knew they were lying and acted with a reckless disregard for the truth.”

One of their defenses may be that if they had sources who told them Bronfman funded DOS, directly or indirectly, they might get around the reckless disregard for the truth element.

Rich & Shameless debuted on April 23 with an exposé on Girls Gone Wild founder Joe Francis.

Rundown of episodes

1. Girls Gone Wild Exposed

Going beyond the supposedly harmless fun of wet t-shirt competitions and booze-fueled spring breaks.

2. Pharma Bro vs. Wu-Tang Clan

Martin Shkreli’s war of words with Wu Tang Clan over his ownership of their secret album.

3. Where Did NBA Star Brian Williams Go?

The story of NBA star Brian Williams, who had it all – but threw in the towel and vanished.

4. The Mysterious Disappearance of the Bitcoin Millionaire

The mystery behind bitcoin millionaire Gerald Cotton, who died under suspicious circumstances.

5. The Heiress and the Sex Cult

A look at Clare Bronfman, an heiress who suddenly became the financier of a highly abusive cult.

6. Peter Nygard’s Unseen Tapes

The story of billionaire fashion entrepreneur Peter Nygard and his bizarre quest to stop aging.




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[…] Clare Bronfman’s lawyer Duncan Levin has threatened to sue TNT if the show is defamatory. I doubt very much anything like that will happen. I suspect that the documentary, at best 48 […]

1 year ago

If Clare Bronfman was willing to do crimes and illegal things for Raniere, I won’t go into the details, it must have been conscious or come to her awareness that if her devotion and dedication to Raniere made her do all this for him and she was aware that Raniere was lying to others and making others lie for him, all on his behalf and for his benefit and for the benefit of the mission that NXIVM was supposed to be fulfilling, that then many other devotees would also be willing or would be persuaded to lie for Raniere, to commit crimes and to do illegal things that were exposed in the criminal process. In my view, she cannot plausibly deny legal responsibility. Willful ignorance and not wanting to know are not good defenses.

1 year ago

Clare Bronfman is so ugly — she couldn’t get raped by the Russian Army.

Mike Cocehs Blackwood
Mike Cocehs Blackwood
1 year ago
Reply to  Frank Parlato


There are some places even Nice Guy’s penis will not venture into.

HOWEVER! Nice Guy would’ve banged her when he was 17. At that point in his life he was so horny — he’d stick his dick in a snakes mouth if someone held it open.

Not NiceGuy, don’t want to know NiceGuy, don’t want to meet NiceGuy!

other things Judge Garaufis said about Clare
other things Judge Garaufis said about Clare
1 year ago

In December 2017, Ms. Bronfman issued a public statement in which she falsely characterized DOS as a “sorority” that “truly benefited the lives of its members, and does so freely.” Ms. Bronfman is adamant that at the time she made this statement, “she was acting with limited information,” and that she “did not understand the full scope of DOS until Keith Raniere’s trial.”

What Ms. Bronfman did know at the time, however, was that DOS victims were reaching out to Lauren Salzman asking for their “collateral” of nude photographs and videos to be returned. She knew that Raniere had sent threatening letters to DOS victims—letters she helped draft and send.

She knew that in October of 2017, the New York Times published an expose on DOS, in which, for example, former DOS “slave” Sarah Edmondson describes getting branded and saying, as instructed, “Master, please brand me, it would be an honor.”

Yet, Ms. Bronfman was too concerned with, as she put it in her December 2017 statement, the potential “tragedy” of losing the “innovative and transformational ideas and tools” of Nxivm to acknowledge the horrors that had occurred within the community to which she both belonged and helped lead, or to take action on behalf of those who had been badly hurt.

To the contrary, she acted against their interests and in defense of Raniere—yet again—by seeking to have criminal charges brought against Ms. Edmondson in Vancouver. She subsequently travelled to Mexico to live with Raniere, during which time Raniere invited First Line DOS members to participate in a “recommitment ceremony.”

Great comment, "other things..."
Great comment, "other things..."
1 year ago

Clare was cc’ d on emails from slave women asking for their collateral back

Nice Guy
Nice Guy
1 year ago

Re New Potential Bronfman Lawsuit:

Clare won’t win the lawsuit. However, this fact won’t stop her from financing a lawsuit and burning through more of her inheritance.

If memory serves me correct, it was reported here on the Frank Report, that India Oxenberg was asked if she wanted to be Clare’s slave……

1 year ago

To Clare Bronfman:

Don’t expect Joe Biden to pardon you.

Joe Biden is about to be impeached and removed from office!

To Frank Parlato:

If you can publish Raniere’s emails, then you can publish Hunter Biden’s emails.

Hunter Biden to Brother’s Widow After Affair — ‘Get Tested for HIV’
The “smartest man” His Fraudulency Joe Biden knows had an affair with his brother’s widow and then urged her to get tested for HIV.

The New York Post reports that Hunter Biden was desperately insisting his brother’s widow, Hallie Biden, get herself tested for HIV as their affair limped to its conclusion in July of 2018.

The emails, which were found on the laptop the “smartest man” Joe Biden knows left in a Delaware computer shop and lost ownership of, show a frantic Hunter Biden “scared sick” about HIV.

“TODAY. I am getting tested today. I have been sick scared Hallie and you [hang] up on me,” Hunter wrote. “You need to inform me of the result.” He added, “The love you give is so disturbing.”

The subject line of the email was in all caps: “YOU NEED TO GET TESTED FOR HIV HALLIE.”

The affair began after Hunter’s brother, Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, died of cancer in May of 2015 at age 46. Hunter was still married at the time and the marriage was apparently irreparably damaged by the affair. Hunter’s wife filed for divorce at the end of 2016.

The emails also show that Hunter, who has his own addiction issues, chastised Hallie over her sobriety:

“[You’re] not clean and sober Hallie,” Hunter wrote. “You’ve found a new release for your poisoned mind … you need serious long term professional help and I hope you get it. I promise I will try my best to make that happen.”

Hunter then concluded the message with a stern demand to his sister-in-law.

“I love you hHallie [sic] even when youre cruel,” he wrote. “GET TESTED AND TELL ME RESULTS Today.”

And on and on goes a dysfunctional and bitter exchange. In one reply email, she reminds him of his own sobriety problems and thanks him for his “passive aggressive a–hole email.”

You can only read this and shake your head at the tragic damage and dysfunction, not to mention the field day the corporate media would have — the media that pretends to be objective and unbiased — if this were one of former President Trump’s sons or daughters.

It’s also important to remember that all of this is coming from a laptop the corporate media told us was “Russian disinformation” when the media knew that was a lie.

Hunter Biden takes a laptop into a computer shop to get it repaired. He then signs an agreement to turn ownership of the laptop over to the repair shop if he does not pay for the repairs within a certain amount of time. Then he doesn’t pay and ownership of all his porn and sleaze and illegal business dealings go to a total stranger. The only thing Hunter did right was by accident, and that was dealing with an honest man who tried to do the right thing with the laptop.

Hunter Biden is the “smartest man” Joe Biden knows.

Well, at the rate he’s going, it won’t be long before Joe doesn’t know Hunter anymore or himself or where he is or how to feed himself.

Overall, though, I pity Hunter and Hallie. Two lost souls lost in the despair and addiction of sin.

1 year ago

Unfortunately for this viewer, I just find Clare so supremely boring that even alleged ties to a sex cult are not enough to garner my interest

1 year ago
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Is this Alex?

1 year ago

Well, Raniere was the de facto leader of NXIVM even if he was not (willfully and purposefully) “dejure” as much as those terms can be analogously applied to the NXIVM/DOS situation. So, whether knowingly or unknowingly, she practically “signed off” on all the money she gave to the organization and, by extension, him.

And it was known even well before the establishment of DOS that Raniere was sleeping around with his “students”, and that NXIVM was just an outer shell cover and his means to his end of control, ego gratification, and sexual conquest.

Gullibility isn’t an excuse. So, ultimately, she had a responsibility to vet where and what all of her money was being used for and she was at maximum complicit, at minimum partially responsible, for the funding and promotion of a “sex cult”.

A hour show vs standing by Raniere, Really Clare?
A hour show vs standing by Raniere, Really Clare?
1 year ago

Trying to prove none of the funds Clare Bronfman gave to NXIVM didn’t help Raniere start up and keep DOS running would be a legal can of worms.

I don’t believe Ms. Bronfman wants to open that can of worms in a court of law.

Who knows what that could lead to when TNT legal accounting firms would start going through those sets of books?

Puffing up your legal chest and making legal threats about an hour long show. Really, Clare Bear! You’re only drawing more attention to the show.

The damage to your reputation was done a long time ago. Not walking away from your Lord and Master was the biggest mistake you made when you had the chance standing in front of Judge Garaufis.

1 year ago

I know most people here cannot tell the difference between funding NXIVM as a whole and funding DOS but there is a distinction. Its like you giving your kid money for medicine to deal with an infection and later finding out they used it buy cocaine.

By your logic, you paid for the drugs so you should go to jail for buying the drugs.

By most people’s logic (and the law), have to prove you knew they would probably buy it for cocaine (like say a history of cocaine abuse). The connection doesn’t have to be substantial but it does have to at least exist. On the question of DOS and other sex allegations, that connection has not been proven in any meaningful way. Making that connection will be a key part of Glaser’s case since that is where the real money is.

So avoiding it will be a key part for the Bronfman’s so right now anything the public (and thus potential jurists) may see that suggests a connection is bad for them. Thus the threat of lawsuit.

Really dumb thing is their participation at all in any documentary. I get desire to defend yourself but since do not control the edit and the “sex” part will ALWAYS take precedence for anything media related, it isn’t going to work so no point in trying.

1 year ago
Reply to  Erasend

I would’ve been Suneel’s father, but the neighbor’s dog beat me over the fence.

1 year ago
Reply to  Erasend

I get your point Erasend but I think there is a difference. I believe Clare was the “CFO” and in charge of Legal, and though these are bullshit positions because it was a bullshit organization, it would be her duty to know where the money was being spent, especially I would think when it was her money. That money was used to fund a vast array of crimes. If she didn’t know, she should have.

So I don’t think your analogy is quite correct here, I hope you don’t mind if I offer a suggestion. I think your analogy would be more accurate to say that you were giving your kid money every day to get medicine, but it was far more than they would possibly need yet the infection never goes away. Then never asking your kid where the money was going only to find out later that he/she was using it to fund a local cocaine operation.

IDK perhaps you attorneys can clarify for me.

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.” 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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