Kristin Keeffe Demolishes Clare Bronfman During Startling Performance on TNT

Kristin Keeffe didn’t mince words when she described Clare Bronfman on TNT’s The Heiress and the Sex Cult. Her delivery was authentic, and her conclusions were captivating. She knew Clare Bronfman as well as anyone. And when you take her statements – made during TNT’s excellent one-hour episode of Rich and Shameless – one comes to the unsettling conclusion that the heiress is a sociopath.

Here is what Keeffe, a former NXIVM member, and mother of Keith Raniere’s elder son, had to say about the domineering woman who tried to run hers and everyone’s life.

By Kristin Keeffe

I was involved with NXIVM from 1998 until 2014. I worked for Clare Bronfman.

Clare Bronfman was an eager student of Keith Raniere.

Keith needed Clare because Keith had all these malevolent intentions that he wanted to disguise.

Every waking moment of his life is dedicated to trying to lure people in and manipulate them into a coercive relationship. And then harm them in every way possible while convincing them that he’s helping them.

Sara and Clare and Keith

When I met Clare, She made a joke to me about how she hated people, and that’s why she was an equestrian. And looking back, I think, when someone tells you they’re a misanthrope, believe it. Because everything that came after that really made sense.

Clare Bronfman was an equestrian.

I would characterize Clare as the mob crime boss. And Keith was more the charismatic leader and indoctrinator.

I’d watch Keith lying on the couch, spouting off different ideas, going off to volleyball, talking, talking, talking. And Clare was boom, boom, boom, boom. So, he’d say, “Clare, go do this.” Or “Clare, go do that.”

And Clare was a ruthless executor. So, the two together, with her money and her discipline, and Keith’s ideas and his duplicity, they just became, you know, a monstrous pair. And out of that, the more catastrophic things happened. More abuse became systematized and widespread.

When Clare got involved, Keith had unlimited resources to experiment with his deceptions and how to harm people without having to ever worry about the bottom line.

Keith Alan Raniere

The Bronfman family had their wealth, and they also had their influence. Their family had built the Seagrams Company, an enormous multi-billion-dollar conglomerate in the United States and Canada.

I would describe Clare’s father, Edgar Bronfman Sr., as the closest thing to Jewish royalty.

He was granted the Presidential Medal of Freedom. That’s like the highest award for a civilian in the United States.

Bill Clinton said of Edgar Bronfman, “As President of the World Jewish Congress, he’s traveled the world to expose the legacy of oppression of the Jewish people and the spur action on their behalf.”

The weird dynamic was Clare and Sara’s mother didn’t have a lot of money. They did. I remember Sara telling me how their mother was reliant on them for their finances. And I think that really negatively affected Clare.

Clare had power even in the relationship as a child over her mother in some ways.

Clare would talk about her family. But obviously, from a young age, she was living far away. She didn’t have a strong sense of family or feeling connected. So, there was a real disconnect, I think in terms of nurturing.

“I was in a different city in a different country representing this country every single weekend for three and a half years. I mean, it was really wonderful and very fortunate. It was wonderful,” – Clare Bronfman.

Initially, when Clare joined Keith, Nancy made it very clear. No one was ever to challenge Clare. And they would talk about Clare as– “Clare’s a champion,” and she had a modest career in this very, very insanely expensive sport. And, you know, “Clare’s a champion.” And Boom- that was just fed right and fed Clare’s crazy ego.

I had seen Edgar Bronfman Sr. interviewed on Charles Rose. And he was able to get tens of billions of dollars in restitution money for Holocaust victims. So, when I met Sara in 2003, I was like, “Oh my God. I’m a huge fan of your father, I know all about your family.”

And Sara was like, “Oh my God my father is such a disaster. He treats the World’s Jewish Congress like it’s his own private piggy bank. He needs this [NXIVM] training like he needs air.”

And I was like, What?

[Sara Bronfman enrolled her father in an NXIVM VIP training in New York City.]

I remember Nancy was really nervous about it because she was like, “Oh, my God. I’ve got Edgar Bronfman.” She had the attitude of “I better not screw it up.”

Edgar wanted to have better relationships with all of his children. And Nancy said, “If you reach your goal, instead of paying me, I’d like introductions.” And she gave him a list. It was like an insane list, Oprah and Steven Spielberg and Hillary Clinton, people like that on the list.

After a few months of working with Nancy, Edgar called her. He said, “Nancy, I can say I have wonderful relationships with my children. I couldn’t be happier.” And Nancy said, “Oh my gosh, Edgar, that’s great. Now that you’ve reached your goal, will you introduce me to the people on the list I gave you?” And he was like, “Oh, Nancy, I can’t do that, but I’ll pay you. Name, your price.”

And she said, “Well, Edgar, this is an ethics program. I have to hold you to our agreement.” And he got mad. And I’m sure you felt that force of like, “Wow, wait a second. This isn’t right.” And he’s like, “I’m not gonna shill for you, Nancy.” He hung up on her. And in a matter of weeks, Edgar Bronfman turns against NXIVM. There was a cover story in Forbes magazine. So, Edgar famously gave a five-word quote: “I think it’s a cult.”

I thought this was game over. The company went from having zero media attention to having this huge flip the switch overnight.

Keith and Nancy made it seem like this is this horrible victimization that was happening to them. And Clare and Sara supported that viewpoint, which is this is all our father to get back at us because of our involvement.

Clare Bronfman gave up horses to become a follower of the august one. She took the blame for what Edgar Bronfman did to her Vanguard.

Nine years after Edgar Bronfman gave the quote to Forbes magazine, Clare was still paranoid that Edgar was campaigning to pummel NXIVM.

Like three months before he died, Clare had hired a documentary filmmaker. So, she shows up with the documentary film crew and tries to get him to confess on camera to a conspiracy against NXIVM.

Clare is renting a place for the director of the project, right across the street from where I live. And I saw him, and I was like, “Oh, how did it go?” So, I asked, “What happened? Did he confess?” He said to me, “No, he didn’t, you know.”

She used that sort of gaslight to torture the father as revenge against him for giving the quote to the [Forbes] magazine. That’s how dedicated she was to getting back at him for that.

MK10ART’s depiction of Clare Bronfman trying to secure a deathbed confession from Edgar Bronfman about the wrongful things he did to harm her Vanguard.

And Clare’s just complete lack of conscience about it. And I was like “Wow, that’s cold.”

Edgar Bronfman Sr died on December 21, 2013. He was 83. Clare Bronfman was with him at his bedside on his final day.

I don’t know the exact amount Clare inherited from her father. Still, I have heard that she and Sara would inherit about $250 million. So, I think having another 100 plus million to burn cemented her complete disconnect from reality or consequences for her actions.

Keith Alan Raniere

Clare Bronfman –“There’s been vast amounts of money that’s been spent on attorney fees to protect our company. There’s been a vast amount of money spent to protect the security of members of our company.”

Clare Bronfman said, “NXIVM was created by Nancy Salzman and Keith Raniere in 1998. Keith Raniere is the conceptual founder, meaning it’s his philosophy. His concepts and methodology was created by him and then he and Ms. Salzman co-created the actual curriculum.”

Nancy Salzman, Clare Bronfman, and Brandon Porter

The only way Clare likes people is when she owns them and when she can control their money. She can control their freedom of movement. She can control who they associate with. And that’s the only way she even likes people. She doesn’t like people just for people.

When Clare took over operations as CEO of NXIVM, it shocked me how much of a megalomaniac she was. She literally one day says, “From now on, I’m going to control all of your finances. You’re not going to get a paycheck. You’re going to get an allowance. I was like, what? And I was like, ‘Ah, I don’t think that’s appropriate.’ And she was like, ‘Well, if you don’t like it, you don’t have to get paid.’

Suddenly, she’s giving you life lessons wanting to criticize me or to point out all my flaws. And she was gaslighting me, bringing up my worst fears, worst experiences of my life, and childhood. These horrifying experiences in hospitals made me relive them endlessly in therapy under the pretense that this would help me.

I started to have nightmares about what I had been through. I began to have symptoms of PTSD. I didn’t really understand what was happening to me. My life was hell, and I was trapped. I was like a prisoner. That was what it was like, working for Clare. I really started to see her as a sociopath. I left in 2013. I was really terrified when I left because I thought, you know, the sky’s the limit as to what could happen to me?

Without having money, there’s only so far you’re gonna get in your ability to harm somebody. Her money made it all happen.

She’s got her story, and she’s stickin’ to it. That’s the mindset of a sociopath, which is they’re gonna push for the lie at all costs.

Clare Bronfman said, “NXIVM has very unique tools that help people become more successful and success [as] defined by them. Whether becoming more successful as a parent, as a business person, as an athlete, it helps people become more successful.”

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  • Keeffe is in the know about everything bc she was deeply involved. She recruited women as well and had a child with Raniere which she conveniently fails to mention.

  • I wonder if Clare would be take a fancy to me. How long before she completes her sentence?

  • What a difference! Kristin looks great and so much more at peace.

    I ended up watching the series, and was reminded how damaging hoarded wealth is, even among those not on the list, but should be. Sadists with money are terrorists.

  • Frank, I urge you to ban future featured articles and any interviews with Eduardo. He is using twitter to spread lies and is suggesting that the Uvalde massacre was faked. This is unconscionable and reprehensible. You cannot give this scumbag any voice on your platform for any reason. You’ve had some shitty contributors before but this goes beyond the pale. Please do not become the next Alex Jones.

    • I saw what happened to Alex Jones on his foolish disregard of victims’ families. Stupendous error.

    • Ice-nine,

      Could not agree more.

      Eduardo is the worst. Just evil.

      There is no reason for anyone to ever listen to him or even look in Eduardo’s direction ever again.

      Wish the victim’s families could line up to spit in Eduardo’s ugly face. But that’s too good for Eduardo.

      He should be ignored forever more. In every way.

  • Keith Raniere was practicing sex magic. Sex magic casts a glamour over a vision of a person. It’s visible in Keefe’s giggly response in the recorded conversation between KR and Keefe shown in the Vow. She is clearly under the thrall.

    You also notice it in Clare’s response later in the series when KR pays attention to Clare during the sickening kissing sessions. A version of his method is visible in the talk between Allison and KR in the gym.

    Keith used systematic methods to convince those women he was “the one” and once you can imprint that on a female in the right context, it takes heaven and earth to get them to change their minds.

    It’s actually a form of sexual radicalization that affects the self image of the target. It’s also a form of energy vampirism.

    And as I pointed out once before, it only dissipates as a result of crime, old age, poverty and mostly the recognition by a the target that the practitioner is no longer a sexually viable mate. Clare should be coming to that conclusion anytime soon, as Allison probably already has.

    • There’s no such thing as “sex” magic per se, but there is black magic. Practitioners of the latter deal with demons/evil jinn and they have to effectively enslave themselves to one of those beings. Was Raniere a practitioner of such? Who knows? But the fact that many people who have dealt with him have called him the “smelly one” because he didn’t like to bathe is a necessary (though not sufficient) precondition to engage in the occult. The black “arts” requires of one to engage in a lot demeaning stuff before such access is granted.

      As far as being the “one” (if such a thing exists_, you can’t be “the one” when the guy who is making such a claim is fucking multiple other women at the same time. Any women who isn’t a moron should be able to figure that out.

      • No. There is sex magic. Truthfully. But you’re partially correct, since it would fall into a sub category of black magic. Many of the sex cults “so called” are will-full practitioners of it.

  • Hi, my name is James Allen and I’m doing outreach on behalf of the Vegan Special Olympics to gain participants for our first international competition that will be held in a city TBD later this year!

    You’ve probably heard of the Special Olympics which focuses on athletes with intellectual and physical disabilities. The VSO is similar, though, obviously, we are focused on people who live a vegan lifestyle, but we also have a broader, more inclusive of “special” since we are also open to people who live with financial and ethical disabilities.

    So, if you are or you know of a vegan athlete who is, say, financially and morally bankrupt, please respond here and I’d be glad to get you signed up!

    Thanks in advance for your interest!

      • Thank you for your assistance, Mr. Parlato! It is wonderful to know that you are a friend of the vegan special community.

        Wearing fur that came from the killing of an animal by a human is certainly not vegan. However, if someone can prove definitively that the fur they wear came from an animal that died of natural causes (thus classified “ahimsa” or non-violent), then that would be consistent with vegan philosophy and practice.

        Being from Ireland suggests a high likelihood of alcohol abuse and mental disability, so that would certainly weigh in favor of fitting in the “special” category.

        • My vegan baby wears fox furs [a nuisance animal], Hermes belts, made from ostrich, crocodile, python, and lizard — all repulsive creatures and bee venom for facials. She doesn’t eat any of them.

          She uses beauty products tested on animals and a whip to wallop her horses so they will comply better while she rides them for entertainment purposes.

          But she is strictly vegan except arguably Cadbury Wispa bars [sugar, cocoa butter, cocoa mass, vegetable fats, emulsifier (E442), and flavorings. It may contain nuts and or possibly milk. But how can one be certain if there is milk hidden in the chocolate?]

          • Legally you cannot hide milk in chocolate. Milk is a top allergen. It must be listed by law in fact you even have to list if the equipment used could have cross-contamination from one product to another. Hence why some labels will say it may contain traces of milk even.

          • Frank, I’m sorry to say that your “vegan” baby isn’t actually vegan.

            She’ll have to apply to the regular Special Olympics. 😔

            Please let me know of any other special vegan athletes you come across.

            Thanks again for your support of the vegan community!

          • It’s an honor to support such a group. But I wish you would reconsider. Even though Kim may not be a true vegan, she makes her living pretending she is a sculpted vegan. It’s a little like playing a doctor on television. Of course, you don’t need to be a doctor to be convincing.

    • James, Allen T. “Alanzo” Stanfield is the guy you need to contact.

      He hasn’t posted for a while. Maybe all those Ring Dings® he stuffs his face with led him to choke or go into a diabetic coma. Those are vegan aren’t they?

      Viva Ring Dings®!!!!!

  • Hope the victims get every penny this crazy bitch has. Still supporting her deadenders? Of course you are lol

  • Eduardo Aunsuolo wrote on Twitter that he needs to see found phone footage of young children being shot and killed in order to believe it happened. In real time.

    Eduardo Aunsuolo believes the mass murder footage of young American children should have been available in real time for him to peruse. While the bodies were warm.

    In kind…

    America needs to see found phone footage in real time of the FBI planting the child pornography on Keith Raniere’s hard drive or it didn’t happen.

    We needed to see it years ago. But we didn’t. Pictures. Or the FBI tampering didn’t happen. The footage was not shown of the tampering in real time. So, it did not happen.

    The dead-enders couldn’t produce such footage. So, it did not happen. No real time footage on cellphones of the FBI tampering in the Keith Raniere case means it did not happen.

    Right, Eduardo? That’s the standard?

    • Eduardo also asked for footage of the Buffalo shooting prior to that. What the hell is wrong with him? Why would he want to see or need footage from these shootings. Absolutely disgusting.

      • Maybe the dead-enders want to use the shooting footage for a new fright experiment? Regardless, he is a disgusting human being.

    • I think its only fair we see phone footage of FBI tampering or it didn’t happen

      It’s Eduardo Asúnsolo standard and he should meet it in all stages of HAPPENING

      No phone footage, No happen

      So where the hell is your FBI phone footage Eduardo Asúnsolo?

      We know there is plenty of other evidence Raniere had sex with the 15 year old girl

      She testified in court to the fact
      There are emails from Raniere & her
      There are text messages from her & Raniere
      There are medical records

      Finally we have those photos

      Raniere’s legal team had an expert exam the photos before Raniere’s trial and didn’t have a problem with any of the data on the photos, why is that Eduardo Asúnsolo?

      What is the chain of custody to your experts? Who had their hands on photos you gave to your experts?

      How do any of us know they were not tampered with from your side before giving them to your experts, making it look like the FBI did the tampering?

      Did you get a colone copy from the FBI to give directly to your experts?

      So many unanswered questions, isn’t there?

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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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