The heiress of the iconic Seagram liquor brand, Clare Bronfman, was sentenced today, accused of acting as Keith Raniere’s accomplice, the leader of the NXIVM sect that was dedicated in the United States to turning women into sex slaves and marking them with Raniere’s initials.
According to The Associated Press, Bronfman, 41, appeared in federal court in Brooklyn. Her lawyers were demanding that the judge grant her three years of probation instead of actual prison time, while prosecutors said she must spend at least five years behind bars.
Bronfman was considered an accessory when she admitted in an inquiry in 2019 to harboring someone living illegally in the United States in exchange for unpaid “work and services” and to committing credit card fraud in Raniere’s name.
In a letter to the court last month, Bronfman wrote that she “never intended to hurt anyone, however I did it, I am deeply sorry.” Still, she was not sorry for her actions and said she couldn’t turn Raniere away because “NXIVM and Keith changed my life for the better.”
Bronfman’s attorneys have argued that she should not get a harsh sentence because she did not directly participate in the most compelling allegations. They also said that she should not be in prison because she has a health problem that could be compromised and put her at risk if she were to become infected with the CCP Virus.
However, the court documents do not say the same, and the prosecutors argue that the defendant deserves serious punishment, since “there can be little doubt that Raniere would not have been able to commit the crimes with which he was convicted were it not for powerful allies like Bronfman.”
Bronfman was affiliated with NXIVM for many years before its leader was imprisoned. And she was one of the people responsible for the exponential wealth Raniere received, since she admitted to giving away tens of millions of dollars to fund NXIVM and its “self-improvement” program.
As reported on Fox News in June of last year, Keith Raniere, the leader of the NXIVM self-help group, was convicted in New York City in a federal case that found him guilty on all seven charges he faced that included racketeering, racketeering conspiracy, wire fraud conspiracy, forced labor conspiracy, sex trafficking, sex trafficking conspiracy, and attempted sex trafficking.
“Over the last seven weeks, this trial has revealed that Raniere, who portrayed himself as a savant and a genius, was in fact, a master manipulator, a con man, and the crime boss of a cult-like organization involved in sex trafficking, child pornography, extortion, compelled abortions, branding, degradation and humiliation,” said Richard P. Donoghue, United States attorney for the eastern district of New York.