Clare Bronfman Moves To Reopen BOP Lawsuit – Cut off From Friends and Made to Meet Attorneys in Freezing Cold Prison Library

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Clare Bronfman filed a motion to reopen her dismissed lawsuit against the BOP. She alleges the BOP reneged on their deal to remove her Public Safety Factor designation as a sex offender and for other alleged retaliatory acts.

The Seagram’s heiress, financier of NXIVM and white collar convict, was sentenced to 81 months of federal prison, with a release date of August 18, 2025 – two years and seven months from today.

Bronfman motioned to reopen case 3:22-cv-00838, which on November 16 seemed settled.

The original lawsuit was over whether the BOP erroneously labeled Bronfman a sex offender. On November 16, the BOP and Bronfman agreed to a joint stipulation of dismissal filed with the U.S. District Court of Connecticut.

In return for Bronfman dropping her lawsuit, the BOP would drop the “false and defamatory” sex offender label from Bronfman’s Public Safety Factor or “PSF” on her file.

Her attorneys claim this would pave the way for the BOp to house Bronfman in a minimum-security prison camp at Danbury instead of the low-security prison where she is currently assigned.

It would also make Bronfman eligible for early release under the FIRST STEP Act.

Clare’s attorneys, Ronald Sullivan of DC, Duncan Levin of Brooklyn, and Michael L. Chambers Jr, of C.T., brokered the settlement with BOP and held, “the completely reasonable belief… that BOP had realized its error and would cease treating her like a sex offender.”

Her attorneys wrote that:

“Though BOP did remove the sex offender label from her file, Ms. Bronfman continues to be treated as though she has been convicted of a sex offender…  Further, on information and belief, Ms. Bronfman was told that her “offense status” as a sex offender is prohibiting her re-classification into a camp, where she would have been housed but for the erroneous sex offender PSF, which was the subject of the original filing in this matter. The case worker also told her that the warden would not give her any credits because (on advice of counsel) she has declined to participate in a therapy program called the FIT Program, which would require her to falsely admit to sex offenses she did not commit. Not only is BOP acting against the Joint Stipulation, but they are also retaliating against Ms. Bronfman for having brought her previous habeas petition….

Only two days would pass, they said, before indications of retaliation by the BOP emerged. The BOP canceled Bronfman’s telephone calls with her attorneys, which occurred every week or almost two years.

An email to her lawyers from a BOP official stated, “I wanted to advise you that we will need to discontinue the weekly legal calls. If you want to do legal visits, then that is fine. However, we would not be doing both.”

Lead counsel Ronald Sullivan’s office is in Washington, D.C.; other counsel are in Chicago, New York, and Massachusetts. The cancellation of the weekly phone call meant lawyers would have to travel hundreds of miles to have a private conversation with their client.

On November 21, 2022, BOP officials determined 26 of Bronfman’s friends, one family member, and one of her lawyers, Pamela Nichols, a partner in the Albany office of O’Connell & Aronowitz, her longtime Albany attorneys, would not be allowed to contact Bronfman via email, phone, mail or visit in-person.

The BOP canceled Bronfman’s subscription to the LISA Foundation, which publishes a weekly newsletter for people incarcerated in the federal prison system.

Bronfman expected to receive credit for early release and be treated like other inmates without a sex offender PSF, but she complains she remains at low-security FCI Danbury, and has not moved to the minimum security camp, which “are work- and program-oriented.”

Bronfman claims her case worker told her that the warden would not grant her any CARES Act/FIRST STEP Act time credits because she declined to participate in the FIT Program, a therapy program that requires offenders to admit their sex offenses.

Bronfman’s lawyers had advised her not to take the FIT program because it would require her to admit to “facts” regarding sexual abuse that were untrue. Her case worker allegedly told her she is classified as “FSA-refusal” because she did not take the FIT program for therapy for sex offenses.

Ronald Sullivan represents Clare Bronfman.

Made aware of these BOP actions, her lawyers said in a court filing they planned to visit Bronfman at Danbury.

Lead counsel Ronald S. Sullivan Jr. drove more than 150 miles to see her for a scheduled legal visit.

When he and his co-counsel arrived, the guards told them the meeting would be in the “prison library,” which was unheated, with a temperature of 33 degrees. The guards further told Sullivan and co-counsel they would have to remove their overcoats for the meeting with Bronfman and could place their coats in a locker which was only inches in height.

Attorney Sullivan pointed out to guards that he could not safely hold a scheduled three-hour meeting in an unheated room without coats and if he could, the coats would not fit into the pint-sized lockers. He observed the guards wore coats.

Sullivan asked that the lawyers wear overcoats or be provided with a heated room for the meeting. The guards declined

Sullivan had to remove his coat, go into an unheated library, and “risk frost bite,” or drive 150 miles back home without seeing his client. He chose to drive home.

What the lawyers seek now is for:

[T[he issuance of a writ of habeas corpus directing [the BOP]to remove any references to sex offenses from Ms. Bronfman’s record, to cease any requirement that she participate in the FIT program, to restore Ms. Bronfman’s telephone and email list, to provide Ms. Bronfman and her attorneys with a space suitable for legal visits to allow Ms. Bronfman to both meet with and speak with her attorneys on the telephone, and to grant her time credit for early release absent any ability to show why she should not receive it, and all

additional and further relief that this Court may deem just and proper.




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  • “Jones doesn’t know how or why Nygard has been granted additional time to talk to his lawyers. She said it may have something to do with the fact he is facing two criminal trials, an extradition and his companies are in receivership.

    Still, she believes all inmates, no matter what their financial means are, should have the same opportunities and access.

    “They should all be treated humanely and fairly.… It should not depend on who you are. It should not depend on your income. It shouldn’t depend on who your lawyer is, how you pay them, how much you’re in the news,” said Jones.”

    “The brief said of particular concern is that Greg Fenske is receiving $6,500 a month from the preserved proceeds of the receivership to serve as the sole director of NPL and NEL. His job is mainly to instruct counsel. Fenske was a Nygard company executive and was accused in a civil lawsuit of being a Nygard enabler.“

  • Clare spent years and a lot of money trying to use the justice system to harm anyone who crossed Raniere. Now she complains that she’s being mistreated. Turnabout is fair play.

  • Americans Canadians and Mexicans were with the NXIVM scam because CNN didn’t investigate to report what was happening. Now we’re stuck with the fallout of the complicated “NXIVM” disaster in the context of more simple prison management systems.

    Does Ms Bronfman schedule many meetings and phone calls? She can afford unlimited three-hour in-person meetings with attorneys, but how many of those meetings can actually be comfortable in a prison housing a thousand other inmates?

    Maybe a warmer room was available with a supervisor for a one-hour meeting or a two-hour meeting. Maybe a three-hour meeting was tough to accommodate that day. How many from the Yale program visit Ms. Bronfman in Danbury? Yale Law School provides legal services for prisoners at FCI Danbury. Has anyone from Yale casually visited Ms. Bronfman or scheduled meetings on other days? Do Ms. Bronfman’s officially retained attorneys complain to distract attention away from some kind of another “NXIVM” scheme?

    BOP employees have enough experience with inmates who cry “victim”. Also, schemers schemed at “NXIVM” and “NXIVM” schemers might still be scheming.

    Meanwhile, BOP follows the rules: “By law, an inmate gets at least four (social) hours of visiting time per month but usually the prison can provide more. However, the Warden can restrict the length of visits or the number of people who can visit at once, to avoid overcrowding in the visiting room … Staff may limit contact for security reasons (to prevent people from trying to introduce contraband) and to keep the visiting area orderly … Other factors that can affect the days and times you can visit include: the prison location, the prison type, inmate visiting needs, availability of visiting space ..”

    FCI Danbury has about a thousand inmates, male and female. With about a thousand male and female inmates allowed “at least four hours of visiting time per month”, that could be up to 4,000 hours a month scheduled just for visitors. Add supervisors to those 4,000 hours per month and that’s about 930 hours a week just supervising social visitors. Attorney visits are in addition to that.

    Pre-COVID, the prison designated attorney rooms for licensed attorneys, paralegals and law students. Attorney visits are usually scheduled during regular visiting hours with unlimited visits and unlimited hours, but the unit team needs to schedule supervision of all social and attorney visits, so it’s not easy.

    Maybe the cold library was the only place available that day for a supervised three-hour meeting. The warden needs to keep BOP employees, 1,000 inmates plus visitors supervised and also safe in the time of COVID. Will the Bronfmans hire someone to hack the prison warden’s bank account or will a Bronfma attorney buy a heater from Home Depot and have Home Depot ship the heater to the prison for the next three-hour meeting? That would be doing something good for people instead of making more trouble for everyone.

    Bronfman funds might be unlimited, but rooms available and staff available to supervise Bronfman meetings aren’t unlimited. Humility, contrition, good will and service to humanity continue in some of those cases. In other cases, all of that disappears or was never there to begin with.

  • “ BOP officials determined 26 of Bronfman’s friends…not…allowed to contact Bronfman…”

    Clare has 26 friends?

  • Bronfman thinks she can extort the BOP into granting favors with vexatious lawsuits. Yeah, that ain’t happening.

  • She’s a member of the opposite sex who offends me due to her funding and enabling of a sex offender for well over a decade.

    Therefore, she’s a sex offender.

    • Anonymous 6:01,

      —She’s a member of the opposite sex who offends me…

      Clare is so abhorrent – because she’s a woman, who supports the abuse of other women.

      We’re all conditioned to expect men to act like Clare. When women do the same thing it’s more shocking and abhorrent.

      And that’s the truth.

      I feel the same way.

  • The BOP has more than one prison to deal with. Having to cater to weekly phone and in-person meetings for one person is time-consuming.
    Just because you have unlimited money to spend to meet with your legal team doesn’t mean you should be able to be at the whim of the BOP. It doesn’t mean your rights are being violated, either.

    Should she have a warm place to meet with them? Yes
    Can she afford for them to travel? Of course, first class is both ways. Maybe twice a month. Put your Vanguards on a budget.

    In Raniere’s civil case, it came out in court documents he was meeting in person with one of
    Bronfman’s attorneys. How can this be?

    Bronfman and Raniere are not supposed to have contact with each other. How do we know their attorneys are not helping them pass information to each other?

    How do we know that the NXIVM followers were not doing that?
    Finally, Raniere was cut off from visitation. There was still a question of will attorneys pass messages to followers to pass to Bronfman.

    Now Bronfman has been cut off from NXIVM followers and Pamela Nichols. Did the BOP discover something, or was it just a clean sweep?

    It would seem that the BOP came across something, but it’s easy for Raniere & Bronfman to yell, my rights are being violated.

    In Raniere’s lawsuit, we found out all kinds of rules he and his followers had been breaking that caused his clean sweep.

    Now we wait for the response to Bronfman’s lawsuit to see the BOP justification.

    Did her lawyers shoot themselves and Ms. B in their feet? We’ll wait and see.

    Pamela Nichols, a partner in the Albany office of O’Connell & Aronowitz, in the Albany NY
    Along with her attorney in Chicago, are both civil attorneys.

    While in prison, a prisoner doesn’t have the right to deal with civil matters. Can they get permission, yes? It’s still not a right.

    Bronfman has criminal attorneys, and they can handle any of the criminal matters she has at hand.

    O’Connell & Aronowitz was NXIVMs go to law firm for decades. Steve Coffey and
    Pamela Nichols, both labeled as Senior Shareholders. Both were involved in all the significant lawsuits again, NXIVN vs. whoever pissed them off.

    Nichols has questionable ethical actions that could get possibly get her disbarred based on her dealing with Raniere, Salzman, and Clare Bronfman.

    Nichols not only failed to report known illegal activity Raniere, Salzman, and C Bronfman were involved in, but Nichols herself helped with the entire case involving certain “professionals” out of Canada to obtain bank and another recorder on Judges, reporters, and other figures NXIVM was attempting to gain collateral over.

    Why no complaints have been made against Pamela Nichols or O’Connell & Aronowitz to the state bar association up to this point is crazy.

    This shows the protection NXIVM has had. This information was available in 2017 no one tried to stop them.

    Clare and Sara Bronfman went as far as to sue the company they hired to obtain bank records illegally

    That takes some ovaries, people.
    We know where that order came from, Rnaiere himself.

    Keeping Nichols involved with Clare Bronfman now serves no purpose to Bronfman’s current case

    What is Nichols really up to?
    Is she feeding Bronfman
    information about the status of EXNX member or Raniere or other people she wants to know about?

    Who believes Nichols is helping write some of Bronfman’s motions? She’s done so many dirty deeds for NXIVM that must be aired and reported, and Ms.
    Nichols needs to be busy defending herself with the state bar.

    For a backstory

    Part 1: Canaprobe civil lawsuit may inform FBI about Bronfman – Raniere crimes against US federal judges – Frank Report

    • “Clare and Sara Bronfman went as far as to sue the company they hired to obtain bank records illegally.”

      “After listening for almost twenty-five years to the stories my patients tell me about sociopaths who have invaded and injured their lives, when I am asked, “How can I tell whom not to trust?” the answer I give usually surprises people. The natural expectation is that I will describe some sinister-sounding detail of behavior or snippet of body language or threatening use of language that is the subtle giveaway. Instead, I take people aback by assuring them that the tip-off is none of these things, for none of these things is reliably present. Rather, the best clue is, of all things, the pity play. The most reliable sign, the most universal behavior of unscrupulous people is not directed, as one might imagine, at our fearfulness. It is, perversely, an appeal to our sympathy.”

      ― Martha Stout, The Sociopath Next Door

  • According to the windchill chart for frostbite, he’s NOT wrong, surprisingly 35 degrees with calm wind of 5mph you develop frostbite within 35 minutes

    • Lmao, an attempt @ stereotyping me from
      a statement that expresses bewilderment dealt from Rip Van Winkle, no less !

  • Is the BOP is saying “the crimes she committed in furtherance of Nxivm’s objectives” makes her a sex offender because she contributed to the sexual offenses committed in NXIVM while she funded and directed NXIVM? If so, the BOP is right — so should she be charged and prosecuted as an accomplice to sex offenses and then be labeled a sex offender? Did the prosecutor consider adding those charges? If not, why not?

    Every trial can be second guessed and re-tried again. How the justice systems work in those cases?

    “… Today, Clare Bronfman is the first of many to be sentenced for the crimes she committed in furtherance of Nxivm’s objectives. While her fate in no way removes the trauma Nxivm’s victims will likely continue to suffer, it does highlight the government’s efforts to bring to justice all of those involved in a series of illegal acts carried out for the benefit of this organization. She recently wrote to the judge telling him that Nxivm and Keith Raniere had changed her life for the better. She will now have more than six years behind bars to contemplate that sentiment, and decide once and for all if it’s as easy to accept as she once believed it to be,” stated FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge Sweeney.

    “IRS-CI specializes in financial investigations where following the money much of the time is a result of greed,” stated IRS-CI Special Agent-in-Charge Larsen. “Defendant Bronfman is now paying the price for her behavior that reached a depraved level beyond just financial greed.”

    Between October 2015 and January 2018, Bronfman recruited individuals into Nxivm-affiliated organizations and then sought to obtain visas or other immigration status for them based on false or fraudulent representations. Bronfman recruited one woman from Mexico (“Jane Doe 12”) to work for a fitness-related Nxivm-affiliated company. Bronfman then submitted documents purporting to hire Jane Doe 12 as a management consultant with a salary of $3,600 per month in order to secure a work visa for her, but Bronfman paid Jane Doe 12 only approximately $4,000 over the course of more than a year for her work. In response to Jane Doe 12’s pleas to be paid a living wage, Bronfman told Jane Doe 12 she would have to “earn” her visa by doing additional uncompensated work.

    After the death of one of Raniere’s partners, Bronfman participated in a scheme to assist Raniere in fraudulently using the partner’s credit card information to keep money and assets out of Raniere’s name to evade paying income tax and his creditors or their judgments against him.

    Five of Bronfman’s co-defendants were previously convicted on various charges and are awaiting sentencing. On June 19, 2019, Keith Raniere was convicted after a jury trial of racketeering and racketeering conspiracy, sex trafficking, attempted sex trafficking and sex trafficking conspiracy, forced labor conspiracy and wire fraud conspiracy. On March 12, 2019, Nancy Salzman, Nxivm’s president and co-founder, pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy. On March 25, 2019, Lauren Salzman, a first-line “master” in DOS, a secret society within Nxivm with levels of women “slaves” headed by “masters,” pleaded guilty to racketeering and racketeering conspiracy. On April 8, 2019, Allison Mack, another first-line “master” in DOS, pleaded guilty to racketeering and racketeering conspiracy. On April 19, 2019, Kathy Russell, a bookkeeper for Nxivm, pleaded guilty to visa fraud. …”

  • Clare is the ugliest human being on the inside and outside. Seeing her face makes me want to vomit out my eyeballs. She truly is a witless, brainless piece of human excrement. He has no real friends, her family hates her and her lawyers just want her cash. I’ve asked before and I’ll ask again: does anyone know Clare’s IQ score? 72? 71? I think her horses have more sense than her, only the horses are more attractive and have better personalities.

    • The horses also likely smell better and are bathed more frequently. Clarebear is proof of the old adage that all the money in the world cannot buy class.

    • I was under the impression that rich people get good educations. These Bronfmans are sort of dopey. Keith Raniere made them feel special and purposefully vital in the company. Bronfman is going to leave jail and make everyone’s life a misery. If only she studied Buddhism and developed a compassionate heart. The amount of good she could have done in the world. Yet she chose Raniere. Fool

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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.” He also appeared in "Branded and Brainwashed: Inside NXIVM, and was 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 premieres on May 22, 2022.

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