By Frank Parlato;
The New York Times reported yesterday, in connection to their damning report on Keith Raniere, “Federal Officials Reportedly Investigating Group here Women were Branded”, that ‘In recent months, Nxivm has … attempted to hire lobbyists in Albany to represent it before politicians and regulators”.
Frank Report has also learned that Clare Bronfman was scrambling to do damage control in the wake of the first New York Times story, “Inside a secretive group where women are branded”published on October 17, 2017.
The story was a blockbuster and Clare evidently assigned Brian Elliot to try to retain what are called in the public relations business as “crisis management” firms.
Their job is to try to use their connections to soften the impact of media coverage, come up with spin and counter spin, and do opposition research to try to discredit the attackers of their clients.
They are typically the highest paid PR people.
Brian Elliot was calling crisis PR firms to retain, and among the several he reportedly called, was one where a former New York Post reporter – who had covered NXIVM extensively in the past – happened to work.
As one noted PR person, when told the story which was making the rounds in the PR world, told Frank Report , “It’s hysterical that they are so damn stupid.”
The PR industry in NYC is a fairly small and chatty group and it quickly made the rounds that NXIVM/Bronfman was desperately trying to do damage control and retain a NYC PR crisis firm in the wake of the branding women scandal which came right on the heels of the Harvey Weinstein women abuser story.
One insider, whose company also turned down the opportunity to be paid a lot of money to lie, told Frank Report: “We absolutely, no way, were doing it. We don’t represent child predators, abusers, cults or soon to be convicted criminals. I’m sure he fits a couple of those.”
In their report, The New York Times used the words “attempted to hire lobbyists” which implies that wisdom and perhaps ethics got the better of greed for even lobbyists, and Bronfman, who loves to incentivize consultants and lawyers to get indictments against NXIVM enemies, seems to have been unable to corrupt any lobbyists as well as PR firms.
[Remember what happened to Gloria Alred’s daughter when she began, then aborted, her role as the defender of Harvey Weinstein?]
How do you spin it?
The Justice Department has started an investigation into NXIVM and its psychopathic leader, Keith Raniere, a group where its women are branded on their pubic region with a symbol containing his initials.
In addition to being branded, women are required to provide ‘collateral’ which includes naked photographs and videos, confessions, and other damaging material that would be publicly released if they disclosed certain secrets or failed to obey the mandates of Raniere.
Unlike PR firms and lobbyists, Bronfman has been able to retain attorneys to represent NXIVM and two doctors under investigation for branding women and subjecting women to surprise human fright experiments.
NXIVM has retained Paul DerOhannesian of DerOhannesian and DerOhannesian in Albany – experts in criminal and civil litigation and Michael S. Kelton of Abrams Fensterman in New York City – a firm that specializes in medical malpractice lawsuits.
Note: The forensic psychiatrist, Park Dietz, is indeed ‘of international repute,’ as Keith Raniere seems to have described him. He has made a specialty of evaluating psychopaths and killers such as Jeffrey Dahmer, and providing expert testimony in court.
Dr. Dietz said DOS slave India Oxenberg showed no evidence of being ‘brainwashed’ and appeared “happy” from what he observed in a preliminary evaluation.
Point of clarification: Dr. Dietz was retained only to evaluate India Oxenber’s competence to take NXIVM/Esp classes and was not hired to evaluate whether she was competent to be a member of DOS.
He was retained by NXIVM/ESP.