Kristin Keeffe: Clare Bronfman’s Dangerous Game in NXIVM

Clare Webb Bronfman --the vengeful minion of Keith Alan Raniere

By Kristin Keeffe

Clare and Sara Bronfman’s Early Indifference to NXIVM

Throughout the Aughts, when I was a paralegal for NXIVM and the Bronfmans, it amazed me the lack of interest or involvement Clare and Sara Bronfman had in their own affairs.

Keith Raniere or Nancy Salzman would call them and ask them to pay for things or sign documents, and that was that.

On very rare occasions, the Bronfmans might attend a meeting or make a phone call on the company’s behalf. That was it.

Sara and Clare Bronfman were not deeply involved in their own financial affairs…

When I worked with Frank Parlato to save the Bronfman’s real estate company, they never called me to find out how things were going. You think they would have been concerned about the crisis exploding in their $82 million project. They did not.

While Frank was working round the clock to save their company, they left the country and traveled to the Himalayas to persuade the Dalai Lama to come to Albany and endorse NXIVM. That reflects their priorities and mindset at that time.

After Frank left their employ, this changed with Clare.

Clare Bronfman with the Dalai Lama… 

How Keith Raniere Spun Scandal into Power

Over my years of knowing Keith Raniere, it never ceased to amaze me how he could take an incident that should have discredited him with his supporters and spin it to his advantage. When Frank uncovered Keith’s best friend embezzled millions of dollars from the Bronfmans, you would think Clare and Sara would have said, “Keith, what the hell?” They didn’t.

Instead, Keith convinced Clare he was a victim of the situation, and had Clare “taken responsibility,” none of the Plyams’ thieving would have occurred. Keith knew how to cater to Clare’s ego. He used this as a pretext to appoint her to the NXIVM Executive Board and made her COO of the company.

Clare became my direct boss, supervising all legal matters herself thereafter.


Clare Bronfman —

Clare Webb Bronfman

Since I first met Clare, and in all the years after, I always felt unnerved in her presence. She had a shockingly flat affect and showed little emotion. Ever.

Clare’s Pattern of Control Revealed Misanthropic Nature

She didn’t speak much. In the early days, I wrote this off as her shyness. Sometimes, she joked about how much she hated people, and that’s why she had dedicated her life to horses. She told me before joining NXIVM when she was 24, the only people in her life for many years were paid servants and horse grooms.

It reminds me of this quote: “When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.” – Maya Angelou

I didn’t recognize what Clare told me at the time. She was a misanthrope. Over the 11 years I worked with or for her, I never saw her have a single relationship where she did not have some degree, sometimes total, financial control over the person. Even her sister Sara.

She only sees people as property to be owned.

Clare’s Rapid Descent into Abusive Power

You would think when Keith Raniere appointed Clare to the NXIVM Board and to run operations for the company she might have said, “I’m not qualified for that position.”

At that time, Clare was 29 years old and never held a job. After dropping out of Boarding School in High School, her whole adult life was her spending $4 million a year flying herself and her horses around the world to compete in equestrian events. Or buying fully staffed luxury properties to keep her horses when she wasn’t competing.

Being underqualified would not have occurred to Clare. She saw herself as a “Champion.” She was wholly detached from reality, and Keith fed her egomania.

Given some power and authority over people within the NXIVM community, Clare became dangerous and abusive fast, and gave Keith a whole new avenue to express his psychopathy.

As Clare’s direct employee and her paralegal, I witnessed this firsthand.

Clare’s Vindictive Crusade Against Barbara Bouchey

Barbara Bouchey with Keith Raniere.

First, it began with her long-time asset manager, Barbara Bouchey. Clare informed me she was going after Barbara.

I asked, “Why? What for?”

Clare informed me, “Because Barbara doesn’t show me the proper deference. It’s not right.”

I remember thinking, “Are you out of your mind? Deference?”

Sometime after Barbara resigned from NXIVM, she aired information regarding the huge amounts of Bronfman money Keith had squandered. Clare filed a lawsuit against her.

I remember the attorneys and me telling Clare, “This lawsuit is going to get dismissed with prejudice against you!”

Clare didn’t care if the suit was filed in bad faith. It drove Barbara into bankruptcy. Clare tried to get Barbara, and others whom Barbara was aligned with, indicted in Saratoga County for making financial demands of NXIVM for monies they thought they were owed.

Keith and Clare said falsely, “This is blackmail.”

When the Saratoga District Attorney’s office refused to investigate, the Manhattan District Attorney’s office was approached with the same claims. Thankfully, Manhattan also refused to act.

Clare’s Ruthless Pursuit of NXIVM Critics Despite Legal Advice

By then, NXIVM had been in a long-running civil litigation against cult deprogrammer and blogger Rick Ross, one of the group’s most prominent critics. The case civilly was always borderline in terms of its validity.

Rick Ross 

Keith and Clare wanted Ross indicted criminally.

I told Clare, as did several attorneys, “There is absolutely nothing criminal in this case.”

She didn’t care. She paid lobbyists and traveled by private jet to try and get two State Attorney Generals to open cases against Rick.

Both refused.

There was no money Clare wouldn’t spend and no lie she wouldn’t tell once she and Keith had their sights on someone.

Questioning NXIVM Led to Clare Taking Financial Control Over My Life

I continued to do my job diligently on the outside, but on the inside, I grew disgusted and the illusions I once had about NXIVM were shattering fast.

After a year of this, I snapped and one day said to Keith, “This is so wrong!”

Big mistake.

A few days later, Clare informed me that she would take over my bank accounts and that her office would manage all my bills and expenses. I would need to get her approval for all my expenses, even groceries.

I said, “What, are you kidding me?”

She responded, “If you don’t like it you don’t have to get paid.”

At that point, Clare owned or controlled my house, my car, and my son’s childcare too.

I vowed to leave and refused to work as a paralegal for about six months. Unfortunately, it was a very strange and difficult situation, hard to escape. I eventually agreed to return to my paralegal position with her, but only in a limited part-time capacity.

Clare’s Unfounded Attack Against Frank Parlato

Soon after, Clare informed me she wanted to sue Frank Parlato. She asked me to review all our prior business dealings with Frank with her attorney, Bill Savino, to vet for potential civil action.

Attorney William F. Savino heads to court with his client Clare Bronfman.

Bill and I went over every shred of documentation. Bill said, “There are absolutely no grounds for a civil case here.”

I agreed and was so relieved. Frank was the best person I had worked with while in the Bronfman’s employ. The last thing I wanted was to be involved in another bad-faith litigation. I informed Clare of Bill’s assessment. I thought that was the end of it.

Little did I know (Clare and Keith hid it from me), Clare went ahead and filed a criminal complaint against Frank Parlato with the US Attorney’s office in the Western District of New York, knowing that there was no basis for civil action, let alone a criminal one.

When the DOJ decided to pursue her allegations, she criminally lied to a grand jury to support her false claims. This time, Clare and Keith’s forum shopping and lies about enemies finally stuck, and, to my horror, Frank was eventually indicted on false charges.


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  • Clare “Horseface” Bronfman is not human. She is literally a demon from Hell. She is the type to have been a prison guard at Auschwitz or Dachau.

    Once she is released from prison, she will pick right up where she left off. Shd is an evil, deplorable creature.

    Fuck Clare Bronfman!!

  • Clare is a rich vicious shrew. Without all the money she’d still be a vicious shrew. May karma deal with her severely.

    • Pyriel,

      The sad part is, Squarefoot could have lived a comfortable life off Horseface Bronfman’s money. He just had to play his cards right, not het greedy and be a responsible adult.

      He chose to use it’s money to make risky stock trades, sex-traffic women, and just waste it on all sorts of stupid companies like Exo | Eso, Rainbow CULTural Grooming, Delegates, etc.

      Folks, you get into the good graces of a dumb-shit millionaire, who is willing to pay your bill and give you money, do the opposite of Squarefoot.

  • It’s very interesting to hear Keefe’s account of things: a first hand experience. But I’m also interested in her involvement in bringing Daniella to the Mexican border. Perhaps she can elaborate on that episode too.

      • Sure with empty pockets to boot. I just want to know why she had to be so cruel to that poor poor innocent child. Second, how many, if any court forms did she fill out for Clare to punish Mr. Frank Report before she actually felt “horrified”?

      • I want to read about Kristin’s involvement in the Daniela matter as well.

        Frank, I will keep an open mind. One argument could be, was Daniela better off imprisoned in a room or was she better off back in Mexico?

        This is an opportunity for Kristin to ser the record straight. Assuming her intentions were pure.

        Hectors letter to the judge basically made it sound like Kristin was assisting with a deportation of a young woman, with little money nor resources. Hector is obviously a deranged man, who chose Squarefoot over his own three daughters. But with Kristin I believe – there may be more to the story.

        Daniela was confined to a room for two years. This was orchestrated by Squarefoot and carried out by her parents and Laren “Groomer” Salzman.

        What was Kristin’s knowledge and role in all this? Hero or zero?

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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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