‘Everything was just lies’: how alleged sex cult Nxivm deceived its victims

As the trial of the groups founder, Keith Raniere, begins, experts say people attracted to change are vulnerable to manipulative cultish group behavior The federal courthouse in Brooklyn provided a bland judicial setting for some startling testimony this week, as Nxivm member Clare Bronfman, the Seagram liquor heiress, over a shared interest in competitive showjumping. Bronfman, she said, offered to help bring her horse to the US so Sylvie, then 18, could improve her riding. That was around 2003, a time when, she said, she didnt have a strong sense of my own direction. Over time, Sylvie told the court, she began to feel dependent on Bronfman. She was introduced to Nxivm. Soon her thoughts turned to restricting her intake …