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‘The Vow’s Clare Bronfman Sentenced to 81 Months in Nxivm Case

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The Vow is still rolling out new episodes on HBO Max each week, but the Nxivm case is unfolding in real-time. Today, Seagram’s heiress Clare Bronfman was sentenced to nearly seven years in prison for her role in the sex cult that made women slaves and branded them with leader Keith Raniere‘s initials, The Hollywood Reporter reports.

Bronfman, who was sentenced in federal court in Brooklyn today, was immediately taken into custody. In today’s sentencing, federal Judge Nicholas Garaufis of the Eastern District of New York said Bronfman “used her incredible wealth as a means of intimidation, threat and exacting revenge on individuals who challenged [Nxivm’s] dogmas,” according to Deadline. Bronfman was immediately taken into custody to begin her 81-month sentence, which exceeds the five years recommended by prosecutors.

Last year, Bronfman pled guilty to conspiracy to conceal and harbor people who were in the US illegally for unpaid “labor and services,” and fraudulent use of identification. Bronfman denied that she knew about the allegations of abuse surrounding DOS, Nxivm’s all-female secret society which required members to submit “collateral” in the form of humiliating photos or video, obey their “master” as a “slave,” and starve themselves by severely restricting their calories.

During her sentencing, Judge Garaufis said that Bronfman’s case was not “not about an isolated incident of credit card fraud or a run-of-the-mill case of harboring illegal aliens for financial gain,” even though she was not convicted of crimes like racketeering or sex trafficking, according to CNN. “Ms. Bronfman’s crimes were not committed in a vacuum,” Garaufis said. “They were committed in connection with her role in Nxivm and her close relationship with Raniere, and I believe that it would be inappropriate for me to consider them divorced from that context.”

In last month’s letter to the court, Bronfman stood behind Raniere and his teachings, insisting she “never meant to hurt anyone, however I have and for this I am deeply sorry.” She added, “Nxivm and Keith greatly changed my life for the better.”

Bronfman is the first Nxivm member to be sentenced in the federal case, and has been in home confinement for the past two years. Viewers of HBO’s The Vow were first introduced to Bronfman as the wealthy benefactor of Raniere. The series, which first debuted last month, follows the rise and fall of Nxivm and its leaders, including the powerful, manipulate man at the center of it all. Using interviews from survivors, The Vow uncovers the horrors within the organization and explains how the “self-help” group attracted and abused so many members.

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The Walking Dead World Beyond boss promises Rick Grimes answers

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Ever since Rick Grimes’ departure from The Walking Dead back in season nine, fans have been desperate to find out just where he was taken to in that helicopter.

While the upcoming spin-off movies will no doubt resolve that mystery, it seems that we may get some answers even sooner in new series World Beyond.

Speaking exclusively to Digital Spy about whether we’ll learn anything new about Grimes’ whereabouts, showrunner Matt Negrete teased: “I can’t really spoil yes or no.

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“But I will say that you will get answers as to potentially where Rick was taken. I think that we’ll also get answers in terms of why he was taken there.

“But more importantly, it’s really about exploring this world that’s going to open up, and it will fit in, in a very important way, with some mythology that was set up in the initial episode of The Walking Dead.”

It comes after Grimes actor Andrew Lincoln recently gave an update on the character’s own spin-off, explaining that the movies were very much still happening.

“All I heard was, ‘Come back, Rick.’ It was so moving,” he recalled of a fan interaction. “I turned around, and I just went, ‘We’re working on it.’ So that’s my answer to you, we’re working on it.”

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Meanwhile, Negrete recently revealed why World Beyond would be only two seasons long, saying: “The thing about World Beyond, it was always about how can we make this feel different? How can we support expectations in a lot of ways? And one of those is not having it necessarily be open-ended.

“I’m kind of [in] two minds about it, because right now we’re breaking episode seven of season two with the writers, and we’ve all fallen in love with these characters. So I think for all of us, we feel like we could write these characters forever. But, at the same time, it’s nice to be able to approach a series from beginning to end kind of knowing what our ending is going to be and working towards that ending.”

The Walking Dead: World Beyond will premiere on Sunday, October 4 on AMC in the US and Amazon Prime Video in the UK.


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American Murder: The Family Next Door is coming to Netflix tonight

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Watch American Murder: The Family Next Door tonight on Netflix

The new chilling Netflix original documentary American Murder: The Family Next Door is set to release on Netflix tonight at 12:01 a.m. PT. Those of us on the East Coast will have to wait until 3:01 a.m. for the release of this documentary.

For all true crime enthusiasts, this documentary will be well worth the wait. Even those people who may not enjoy true crime, this documentary will catch your attention with its reporting and never before seen archives.

It’s the story we all know. The story that struck America back in 2018. The disappearances of Shanann Watts and her two young daughters, Celeste and Bella.

This is a heartbreaking story that went from a mom and her two daughters missing, to something much bigger.

Watch the trailer below!

Back on Aug. 14, 2018, Shanann and her two daughters were reported missing in their home town of Frederick, Colorado. A few days later, their bodies were discovered in an oil field after Shanann’s husband, Chris Watts, confessed to the murders and told investigators where he disposed of the bodies.

This documentary which is directed by the incredible Jenny Popplewell is different than most documentaries. American Murder uses social media, police video, text messages, home videos, and more to tell its story. This entire documentary is told through the eyes and voice of the people involved in this case.

It’s always good to have the people that were involved help shape the story rather than the ones on the outside and director Jenny Popplewell does a terrific job piecing these archive videos together. Most importantly, Jenny lets the victim, Shanann, tell the story in her own words.

With that being said, American Murder will most likely not have reasoning or made sense of why this terrible tragedy happened but will show and remind you that social media is sometimes a front. That what may look like the perfect life online to others could be far different once that phone or computer is shut off. It, unfortunately, was for Shanann.

It’s always tough hearing stories that end in such tragedy and this documentary is no different but there’s always some light that comes out of even the darkest of situations.

Make sure you tune into American Murder: The Family Next Door as it hits Netflix tonight.

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