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Seagrams Heiress Clare Bronfman Foots the Bill for Nxivm Cult Leader Keith Raniere, Other Co-Defendants

Clare Bronfman leaves Brooklyn federal court in New York, Monday, Jan. 28, 2019. Court papers say a trust largely funded by Seagram’s liquor fortune heiress Bronfman is bankrolling the defense for her co-defendants in a sex-trafficking case. PHOTO: Boston Herald/AP/Seth Wenig

By Molly Crane-Newman | 22 February 2019

BOSTON HERALD — The cult that brands, burns and tortures together, stays together. At least financially.

Seagrams heiress Clare Bronfman is footing the bill for lawyers representing her five co-defendants, accused fellow Nxivm cult members, in federal court.

Svengali Keith Raniere, who allegedly ran the upstate New York sex sect, waived his right to a conflict of interest-free defense, disregarding a warning from the judge that the decision could impact further appeals. […]

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