SEAGRAM HEIRESS PLEADS GUILTY TO NXIVM SEX CULT

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US heiress Clare Bronfman has pleaded guilty to her role in an alleged sex trafficking operation.

Bronfman, the 40-year-old heir to the Seagram alcohol fortune, was accused of using more than $100m (£77m) to fund the suspected sex cult Nxivm.

She pleaded guilty on two counts – conspiracy to conceal and harbour illegal immigrants for financial gain, and fraudulent use of identification.

She told the court in Brooklyn that she was “truly remorseful”.

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“I wanted to do good in the world and help people,” she added. “However, I have made mistakes.”

Six people in total have been accused of being involved with Nxivm, pronounced nexium.

Bronfman is the fifth to plead guilty, with just one defendant – the suspected cult leader Keith Raniere – due to go on trial next month.

Bronfman will be sentenced on 25 July. She could face up to 25 years in prison, although sentencing guidelines suggest it could be up to only 27 months.

 

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