Seagram's heiress arrested in connection with Nxivm

BY SAMANTHA COSTANZO
Posted on NOV 26, 2018

Clare Bronfman, an heiress of the Seagram's liquor fortune, was arrested for racketeering and conspiracy in connection with Nxivm, which former members say is a sex cult.

Clare Bronfman, an heiress of the Seagram's liquor fortune, was arrested for racketeering and conspiracy in connection with Nxivm, which former members say is a sex cult, theNew York Timesreported.

In the indictment, Bronfman is listed as a member of Nxivm's executive board and was "accorded special positions of trust and privilege" by founder Keith Ranier for doing his bidding.
Nxivm, which was purportedly a self-help organization, is allegedly a sex cult to which actress Allison Mack and others recruited young women.

Bronfman pleaded not guilty and was released on a $100 million bond, which her lawyer says is roughly half of Bronfman's net worth. Bronfman is currently under house arrest at her New York apartment.

The heiress was one of four people arrested in New York on Tuesday after a seven-count indictment against Raniere and five others in his "inner circle" was unsealed.

Raniere was arrested earlier this year in Mexico and brought to New York under sex-trafficking charges. According to prosecutors, he and Mack forced women members of the group to have sex with him and branded them with a symbol made of his initials. He is being held without bail in Brooklyn to await trial.

Others arrested included Kathy Russell, the group's bookkeeper; president Nancy Salzman; and her daughter Lauren Salzman.

Prosecutors accused Bronfman of conspiring to steal email user names and passwords of Raniere's critics and was also charged with smuggling an undocumented immigrant into the U.S. for Raniere's financial gain, as well as participating in a scheme to use a credit card belonging to one of Raniere's former sexual partners. Former members say that Bronfman's funding allowed Raniere to continue operating the cult until his arrest

 

 

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