Clare Bronfman Released From Jail On $100 Million Bond

    Clare Bronfman, the billionaire heiress arrested Tuesday for her role leading the alleged sex-slavery cult Nxivm, was released on a $100 million bond, Crain’s reported Wednesday.

    Bronfman was one of four women charged Tuesday in connection with the investigation of Nxivm, a “self-help” organization that prosecutors say was a secretive cult that branded its victims and forced them to participate in sexual acts. Its leader Keith Raniere and his top aide, former “Smallville” actress Alison Mack, were indicted and charged with sex trafficking back in May.

    Dressed in a light, short-sleeved shirt, jeans and flip flops, Bronfman pleaded not guilty to a charge of identity theft, according to Crain’s. She’s not accused of sex trafficking or forced labor crimes. She faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison.

    Prosecutors said Bronfman was likely to flee and asked for a sizable bond to ensure her appearance for trial. She has a private jet and a stake in a private island in Fiji, they said in a court filing.

    Alyssa Fisher is a news writer at the Forward. Email her at fisher@forward.com, or follow her on Twitter at @alyssalfisher

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