World News – US – US heiress jailed in Nxivm ‘sex cult’ case


American heiress Clare Bronfman was sentenced to six years and nine months in prison for her role in sex trafficking group Nxivm

Bronfman, heir to the Seagram liquor fortune and benefactor of Nxivm frontman Keith Raniere, pleaded guilty in April 2019 to harboring migrants for unpaid « work and services »

She was taken into custody to begin her prison term immediately after sentencing in Brooklyn, New York

Writing in court last month, Bronfman said she « never intended to hurt anyone, like I did, and for that I’m deeply sorry »

However, she said that Nxivm had « changed my life greatly for the better » and that she would not denounce her leader Raniere

Nxivm – pronounced « Nexium » – was started in 1998 as a self-help program He said it worked with over 16,000 people

On its website, Nxivm describes itself as a « community guided by humanitarian principles that seek to empower people and answer important questions about what it means to be human »

Despite her slogan « working to build a better world », Raniere was convicted last year for overseeing a « slave and master » system within the group

Last year’s trial learned that Nxivm was operating as a cult Prosecutors told court the members formed a secret sorority of brainwashed « slaves » who had been branded with Raniere’s initials and forced to have sex with him

Bronfman was on the board of Nxivm and gave Raniere tens of millions of dollars to lead the group’s crash course in self-improvement. She also paid the group’s lawyers when a lawsuit was filed against them

The lawyer acting for Bronfman argued that she should be given a lenient sentence because she was not directly involved in the more serious allegations against Nxivm and that she suffered from a pre-existing medical condition which could make her more vulnerable to coronavirus in prison

However, prosecutors said she should be punished seriously because « Raniere would not have been able to commit the crimes he was convicted of without powerful allies like Bronfman »

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