Seagram’s liquor heiress Clare Bronfman — who allegedly used her family fortune to help bankroll the notorious Nxivm cult — is set to become the first person sentenced in the sordid saga Wednesday.
The disgraced daughter of late Canadian billionaire Edgar Bronfman Sr. pleaded guilty last year to charges related to her role as a top cohort of sick group svengali Keith Raniere.
The 41-year-old faces 30 months behind bars under federal sentencing guidelines — but prosecutors are asking for twice that, noting the extreme privilege she came from, not to mention her alleged lack of remorse.
“Bronfman did not commit these crimes out of need,” Brooklyn prosecutors wrote in a blistering sentencing memo earlier this month.
“She is likely one of the most privileged and wealthy defendants to ever appear before this court for sentencing.”
Bronfman pleaded guilty last August to charges of conspiracy to conceal and harbor an illegal alien for financial gain and fraudulent use of identification.
Her time at the side of self-help-guru-turned-sex-trafficker Raniere included her bringing young women into the country illegally, prosecutors have said.
She turned one woman from South Africa into her personal assistant — and would fire off e-mails to her spelling out how to make oatmeal for her dogs, court papers said.
Bronfman, a onetime equestrian, also recruited an aspiring professional horse-rider into Nxivm when the woman was 18.
She was later groomed to perform perverted sex acts for Raniere’s twisted pleasure as part of a secret master-slave group within Nxivm called DOS — and forced to wear a dog collar while performing oral sex on him, according to court testimony.
Bronfman used part of her $210 million fortune — which includes an island in Fiji — to fund Nxivm, as well as threaten Raniere’s victims and foes into silence, prosecutors have alleged.