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Clare Bronfman is sentenced in the NXIVM sex – cult for 81 months.

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Prior to that, the prosecutions said that Raniere and Bronfman planned to commit identity fraud by obtaining their hands on the email login details of “perceived enemies and critics of Raniere to monitor their electronic communications” and that she encouraged and induced someone to enter the United States for her financial gain.

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This morning, Seagram & The St. Louis liquor mogul Clare Bronfman was sentenced to 81 months in prison in the NXIVM sex cult case in Brooklyn federal court. She was taken into custody after being sentenced. She wore a dark face mask with floral patterns.

Prior to Bronfman’s sentence, nine people gave victims impact statements – three in video and six in person – detailing how Bronfman’s involvement at NXIVM harmed them. Their words were often punctuated with tears and choking breathing. The overwhelming theme in these statements is that Bronfman latched on to her vast wealth both by pursuing perceived enemies of the group and enabling Raniere’s behavior. “Claire, you gave millions of dollars to him,” said a victim in a video statement. Even if Bronfman did not know what was going on with the money, the woman said: “You were and are the propellant of this unceasing fire”

Have you ever considered that they simply wanted your money and what would have happened if you just stopped giving your money? Were you as important to them?

A woman who said she had a 13-year-old son with Raniere said that he never paid child support. She said that this situation was depriving my son of proper financial support because of Bronfman’s financial failure.

Others described their continued fear of Bronfman, one saying: “I will always look over my shoulder.” Another echoed the sentiment of looking over her shoulder.

In April 2019 Bronfman pleaded guilty to two federal charges : conspiracy to conceal and to keep illegal aliens for financial gain and a count of fraudulent use of identification. Her guilty plea came just two weeks after Smallville actress Allison Mack pleaded guilty to a racketeering conspiracy and a racketeering charge for her role in NXIVM.

In June 2019 Keith Raniere, the group’s founder and leader, was convicted of seven counts, including racketeering and sex trafficking. The prosecutors said that NXIVM, an Albany area organization that offered expensive self-help classes, had a secret sect called DOS, which operated “with levels of women’slaves’ headed by’masters’” An HBO Docuseries, The Vow, premiered in August and provided a deep dive into NXIVM’s activities.

After Mack was arrested in 2018, prosecutors said that she worked as a’master’ under Raniere — recruiting slaves and demanding that her slaves engage in sexual activities with Raniere. While pleading guilty, Mack admitted that she was a member of a secret society and that she tried recruiting women into DOS. Mack also claimed that she obtained the information as « colloquially compromising », compromising certain women so that they would follow the commands of NXIVM.

Prosecutors previously said that Raniere and Bronfman plotted to commit identity fraud by getting their hands on the email login details of “perceived enemies and critics of Raniere in order to monitor their electronic communications” and that she encouraged and induced someone to enter the United States for her financial gain. They demanded that she get five years behind bars and claimed that she used her extraordinary wealth and social status to fund and promote a criminal enterprise led by her co-defendant Keith Raniere. She recruited individuals into NXIVM-affiliated organisations and brought them within Raniere’s orbit.“Bronfman’s lawyers argued in court documents that she should get probation for three years rather than jail time. They claimed that prosecutors were trying to muddy the waters by linking her ID fraud and visa crimes to Raniere’s sexual rap, writing: “Let it be very clear: Clare Bronfman did not know about DOS, had nothing to do with DOS and did not fund DOS.”

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