Keith Raniere, Claire Bronfman, Kristin Keeffe, and the NXIVM cult

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by The Wrong Guy, Oct 18, 2015.

  1. The Wrong Guy Member

    NXIVM (pronounced Nexium) is a company led by Keith Raniere, and based in Albany County, New York.

    Here's some background. This article is from 2010:

    The Heiresses and the Cult | Vanity Fair

    To family friends, Seagram heiresses Sara and Clare Bronfman are victims of a frightening, secretive “cult” called NXIVM, which has swallowed as much as $150 million of their fortune. But the organization’s leader, Keith Raniere, seems also to have tapped into a complex emotional rift between the sisters and their father, billionaire philanthropist Edgar Bronfman Sr. The author investigates the accusations that are now flying — blackmail, perjury, forgery — in a many-sided legal war.

    The next two are from 2014:

    How a Strange, Secretive, Cult-like Company Is Waging Legal War Against Journalists | The Nation

    The lawsuit filed by the NXIVM company against a Vanity Fair writer and a local reporter invokes the same computer hacking law used against Aaron Swartz.

    Journalist on leave after tangle with secretive 'NXIVM' group | POLITICO

    Respected Albany reporter James Odato has taken a leave of absence from the city’s Times Union newspaper — a move that appears to be related to a lawsuit involving his in-depth coverage of a secretive personal development organization.

    For several years, the long-serving Times Union investigative journalist has produced a series of articles about the company, called NXIVM.

    Here are two articles that were published today:

    NXIVM Officials Exposed In Computer Hacking Court Case | Hacked News

    Recent court documents state that officials within the company hacked the computer of the late Edgar M. Bronfman Sr. According to court documents Bronfman’s daughter, Clare W. Bronfman implanted the key-stroke logger virus onto her father’s computer. The virus allowed officials within NXIVM to covertly monitor Edgar M. Bronfman’s email communications with clients, business associates and world leaders, including US Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

    Claire W. Bronfman is the 36 year old heiress to the extensive Seagram Company business holdings. She is a horse ranch owner and the self -described NXIVM operations director. At the time of this article, she had not responded to the press with any comments. The virus allegedly implanted on her father’s computer monitored all his communications for about a year.

    Kristin Keeffe is the former NXIVM member making the allegations. She had stated that NXIVM officials engaged in various types of computer hacking and also plotted to have adversarial opponents of the corporation lured to Mexico, where they would be imprisoned. Keeffe parted ways from NXIVM in February 2014, but was known to have been tied to the corporate inner circle with Keith Raniere, NXIVM’s original founder.

    Continued here:

    Judge tosses NXIVM hacking lawsuit | Times Union

    Missed filing deadline sinks case against journalists, critics

    NXIVM has been mentioned previously in these threads:





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  2. DeathHamster Member
    Cross David Koresh with the skeeviest Pick-Up Artist, sprinkle on some LRH.

    Fuck that guy!

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  3. The Wrong Guy Member

    DailyMailTV EXCLUSIVE - ' I think she's in danger': Catherine Oxenberg details how 'insane' cult has 'brainwashed' and 'branded' her 26-year-old daughter
    • Dynasty star Catherine Oxenberg told DailyMailTV on Friday that her 26-year-old daughter India has been 'brainwashed' by a cult
    • Oxenberg, 56, described NXIVM, the group her daughter is part of, as a cross between Scientology and Warren Jeffs' polygamist Mormon sect
    • India moved to Albany, New York last year where the group is headquartered
    • The last time her mother saw her was in May, when India flew home for a visit
    • When she saw how much weight her already thin daughter had lost, she confronted her about the group
    • 'I said, "You know you're brainwashed." And she said, "No, I'm not brainwashed." And she went on a plane that night,' Oxenberg said
    • Oxenberg learned from an ex-member that her daughter had been initiated into a secret society within the organization
    • Members are branded with the initials of leader Keith Raniere, are made to serve 'masters' and are kept on a strict 500- to 800-calorie-a-day diet, she said
    • 'Apparently [Raniere] was having sex with all of them,' Oxenberg said
    • Oxenberg says she thinks Raniere 'is a dangerous psychopath' and is speaking out in hopes of stopping the group from recruiting more people

    'A woman who had defected from the organization called me up out of the blue and she said there's this secret organization within the organization' that India had joined called DOS, Oxenberg said.

    'I think it stands for Dominant Over Slave. It's a master-slave kind of hierarchy. The master has five or six slaves and they have to recruit those six slaves. If they don't they're punished.

    'And they have to give damaging collateral, about themselves or their families. The purpose of this collateral is to have some form of leverage that would supposedly be revealed if they broke their word,' Oxenberg explained.

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  4. The Wrong Guy Member

    Man accused of running secret sex society to be arraigned in NYC court. | WRGB


    The man accused on sex trafficking charges has been transported from Oklahoma to be arraigned in a Brooklyn court.

    Keith Raniere, the leader of NXIVM, was arrested in Mexico last month. He’s been accused of branding female followers as part of an initiation ceremony has been charged with sex-trafficking.

    Raniere left the United States last year after The New York Times reported some women who joined a secret sorority within his Albany-based group were branded with a symbol that included his initials, according to the Associated Press.

    A home in Halfmoon was raided back on March 27, tax rolls say the home belonged to Nancy Salzman, who, according to her own personal website and NXIVM's, is co-founder of the organization.

    Raniere is scheduled to be arraigned on April 13th.


  5. The Wrong Guy Member

    Smallville star Allison Mack pleads not guilty to trafficking after women say she forced them to become branded sex slaves in Nxivm cult by threatening to release compromising photos and steal their assets
    • Allison Mack was arrested by the FBI after a grand jury voted to indict her on two counts of sex trafficking and one of conspiracy to commit false labor
    • She was arraigned in federal court for the Eastern District of New York and will now join Nxivm founder Keith Rainere behind bars after pleading not guilty
    • Mack, 35, is also accused of knowingly and intentionally conspiring to provide and obtain the labor and services of a person .... by means of serious harm'
    • She would force women to become sex slaves after they joined the cult by threatening to drain their assets or release compromising photos claim docs
    • Once under her control, those women would be made to have sex with Raniere and get branded with Mack and Rainiere's initials
    • The Smallville star is facing life in prison if convicted on the charges, which the grand jury voted on after hearing testimony from two former cult members
  6. DeathHamster Member

    Smallville's Allison Mack was allegedly a 'top member' of cult that abused women April 22, 2018, Edward Helmore, The Guardian
    Nice to see a cult going down, but it's a shame that the press and law enforcement "get" a small sex cult, but have trouble with larger, more industrial abuse.
  7. She's coming across as a completely perverted woman with all the taking pics of women's private parts and the hands on breasts thing.
    It is something she's enjoying too much of or is it the brainwashing?

    Either way she's got nothing to smile about.
  8. Triumph Member

    Allison Mack Pitched Emma Watson, Kelly Clarkson to Join NXIVM Group Accused of Sex Trafficking

    Itay Hod
    The WrapApril 23, 2018
    Actress Allison Mack appears to have tried to recruit actress Emma Watson and “The Voice” judge Kelly Clarkson into a self-help group authorities say is a sex cult, according to several tweets first unearthed by Business Insider.
    Mack, best known for the superhero TV series “Smallville,” was arrested Friday for her involvement in the organization NXIVM. Her indictment follows that of NXIVM founder Keith Raniere, who was arrested in Mexico last month and has been charged with sex trafficking, sex trafficking conspiracy, and conspiracy to commit forced labor.
    In a statement Friday, U.S. attorney Richard P. Donoghue said that Mack recruited women for Raniere, and that the women were “exploited, both sexually and for their labor.” He said Mack, who was arrested in Brooklyn, New York, is accused of “directly or implicitly” requiring women “to engage in sexual activity with Raniere. In exchange for this, Mack received financial and other benefits from Raniere.”
    more @ link

  9. Her parents must be real proud of her.
  10. Triumph Member

    Tampa Tribune
    Smallville' actress granted bail in NXIVM case


    NEW YORK (AP) — An actress best known for playing a young Superman's friend has been granted bail while fighting charges that she helped recruit women into a cult-like group.
    A federal judge in Brooklyn agreed Tuesday to release Allison Mack on $5 million bond and place her under home detention in California. She'll be living with her parents.
    More @ link

  11. The Wrong Guy Member

    Former NXIVM Member Sarah Edmondson To Star In Documentary Series | Deadline


    EXCLUSIVE: NXIVM has been making headlines the past few weeks with the high-profile arrests of founder Keith Raniere and one of his top lieutenants, Smallville actress Allison Mack, on charges of sex trafficking as the so called self-help organization has been called by prosecutors a sex cult that has been keeping women as “slaves,” and branding them with Raniere’s initials.

    One of those branded women is Canadian actress Sarah Edmondson (Psych, Edgemont) who last fall became the first to speak out about the alleged abuse after a decade inside NXIVM along with her husband, Anthony Ames, a fellow actor and former Ivy-League Quarterback.

    Edmondson and Ames are now slated to headline a documentary TV series. Set against the ongoing legal drama involving the leaders of NXIVM, the series will follow the duo as they, under the guidance of renowned cult expert and deprogrammer Rick Alan Ross, head of the Cult Education Institute, work to reacclimate into society while also helping others (many of whom they had recruited) leave NXIVM and the DOS secret society within it, which the U.S. Attorney’s Office said operated with levels of women “slaves” headed by “masters.”

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    Allison Mack Sex Cult, NXIVM, Is Getting a Documentary | Vulture

    Get ready for a documentary about the Allison Mack alleged sex cult | Mashable
  12. DeathHamster Member

    That's going to burn after they tried so hard to crush him.

    Legal papers: NXIVM officials probed finances of 6 federal judges, Senator Schumer, others September 20, 2015, Brendan J. Lyons, Albany Times Union
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  13. Triumph Member

    Shira Weiss: NXIVM Sex Cult Leader’s Girlfriend Speaks

    “No one joins a cult thinking they’re joining a cult.”
    by SHIRA WEISS || Not many women can say they were the live-in love of a cult leader for eight years. Certainly not a charismatic leader who began a multilevel marketing company that would give rise to an unexpected subsidiary, a sexual slavery sorority fronting as an exclusive women’s empowerment group. Toni Natalie is unique in that sense. She is the ex-girlfriend of NXIVM’s Keith Raniere. Pronounced like “the purple pill” for heartburn, NXIVM (Nexium) began as an Albany, New York based company devoted to professional and personal development. In recent years, the group offered courses similar to what one can expect at the Scientology Center in Los Angeles. It is alleged that Richard Branson was among the celebrities to take some of those courses. At its outset in the early 1990s, the group was called Consumers Buyline – offering discounts on goods and services for paying members. Similar to an MLM like Amway, Consumers Buyline members received commission for amassing new members.

    Raniere was finally taken into custody last month after the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) began to focus on the charismatic leader’s horrifying tactics which included a branding ceremony as well as brainwashing and starving women.

  14. Triumph Member

  15. Nxivm studied and replicated Scientology.

    The Hollywood Reporter - Her Darkest Role: Actress Allison Mack's Descent From 'Smallville' to Sex Cult

    By Scott Johnson, Rebecca Sun

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    Around 2009, one former member close to Raniere says that he actively tried to replicate Scientology's outreach tactics to improve the profile of ESP as a legitimate class. (While Scientology is recognized as a religion in many countries, including the U.S., Nxivm is not.) Nxivm had gotten some bad press that year and saw a wave of defections. Its website was shoddy, the marketing poor. "The group's leaders were studying Scientology and saying they wanted to be more like them — more visually appealing, more streamlined, more like the cool kids," says this former member. "And they wanted people who were attractive and compelling; that's why they went after people like Allison Mack." As Ross says, "She was the Tom Cruise of Nxivm."

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  16. The Wrong Guy Member

    We Spoke to the Man Who Blew the Whistle On Alleged Sex Cult Inside NXIVM | Vice News


    The story of alleged cult NXIVM has all the makings of a binge-worthy docuseries. A secretive leader who allegedly had women branded with his initials, wealthy heiresses who helped finance the organization, and a Hollywood actress accused of luring in fresh recruits.

    But before all that was public, back in 2007, NXIVM, correctly predicting in advance the firestorm of press that lurked ahead, hired Frank Parlato to help with its public relations.

    They hoped he might go after detractors of the group accusing it of being a cult. He ended up exposing the story that made the alleged cult famous: that it had a secret sorority that was branding female "slaves" with leader Keith Raniere's initials.

    "I turned on an instant and said this is more than a cult. This is a deadly cult. This is more than a kooky group. This is a crazy group, a criminally insane group and it's not just Raniere," Parlato said.

    Raniere and actress Allison Mack have since been arrested and face sex trafficking and forced labor charges. Both have pleaded not guilty. NXIVM denies its a cult and says it's working with the authorities to demonstrate Raniere's innocence.

    Their lawyers wouldn't comment for this piece.

    This segment originally aired May 16, 2018 on VICE News Tonight on HBO.
  17. Triumph Member

    'Cruel and Punitive': Allison Mack Allegedly Told Nxivm Women 'They Were Worth Nothing,' Report Says

    “These slaves said Mack was incredibly intimidating, cruel and punitive,” a source close to two former DOS members told The Hollywood Reporter in a cover story published last Wednesday. The source added that according to the former members, Mack allegedly threatened to release compromising materials she had gathered on the women if they refused sex with Raniere.
    “You made a lifetime vow!” the source alleged Mack screamed at the “slaves” at one point.
    “She berated them and told them they were worth nothing, that they were weak and couldn’t uphold their word,” the source alleged. Mack also allegedly threatened to destroy those who refused her orders, or those who dated other men, according to the source.
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  18. She's one twisted sicko and to look at her butter wouldn't melt.
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