The disgraced daughter of the late Canadian billionaire Edgar Bronfman Sr. pleaded guilty last year to charges related to her role as a top aide to the ailing group Svegali Keith Raniere.
The 41-year-old faces 30 months behind bars under federal sentencing guidelines – but prosecutors have been asking twice, citing the alleged lack of remorse for an extreme privilege he did not have.
Brooklyn prosecutors wrote in a blunt sentencing letter earlier this month, “Bronman did not commit these crimes out of necessity.”
“He is possibly one of the most privileged and wealthy defendants who can ever appear before this court for sentencing.”
Bronfman pleaded guilty last August to charges of concealing and conspiring an illegal alien for financial gain and identity fraud.
Prosecutors have said that self-help-guru-sex-trafficker Raniere’s time involved her illegally bringing young women into the country.
Court papers said he replaced a woman from South Africa as his personal assistant – and would set the e-mail on fire.
Bronfman, a onetime equestrian, also recruited an aspiring professional horse-rider into Nxivm when the woman was 18 years old.
According to court testimony, she was later groomed to perform perverted sexual acts for Raniere’s Twisted Bliss as part of a secret master-slave group within Nxivm – and according to court testimony, Oral Forced to wear a dog collar while having sex.
Bronfman used part of his $ 210 million fortune – including an island in Fiji – to fund Nxivm, as well as to threaten and keep silent on Raniere’s victims, prosecutors have alleged.
Bronfman’s lawyer is seeking three years of probation for his client, who is under house arrest in his luxury city apartment, after he denied that he knew anything about DOS.
His attorneys, Ron Sullivan and Duncan Levine, wrote that he was never charged or convicted of sexual trafficking and that the prosecution was “seeking to blame the DOS”. [her] Legs because he is a big checkbook.
He also filed court papers on Monday, stating that he may have a liver disorder.
Several women testified at Raniere’s trial that they had been tricked into joining DOS – damaging the “collateral” and then starving, branded like cattle with Raniere’s habits. And ordered to have sex with him.
When the “slaves” failed in their duties, they were killed with a leather slap that, according to trial testimony, was forced to subject to abusive poses or other abusive penalties.
The 60-year-old queen was found guilty on several charges including rape and sex-trafficking last year and sentenced the following month.
Bronfman’s lawyers said in court papers that his clients still “stand by both the organization and Mr. Raney for the tremendous good they have done for both people.”
But prosecutors said, “There is no doubt that Ranierre would not be able to commit the crimes with which he was convicted, were it not for powerful allies like Bronman.”
Prosecutors wrote, “For years, Bronfman took advantage of his black property to recruit individuals, often women with no legal status in the United States, into NXIVM-affiliated organizations.”
He said she continues in the Queen’s “unwavering support”.
Three others are awaiting punishment for their roles in Nxivm – including former “Smallville” TV actress Allison Mack.
Mac, who was Ranierre’s right-hand woman and served as one of the masters of Dos, pleaded guilty to treachery.
Nxivm chair Nancy Salzman, her daughter Lauren Salzman and the organization’s accountant Kathy Russell each face charges ranging from molestation to visa fraud.