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Seagram’s heiress and sex cult capo Clare Bronfman requests leniency to get HS diploma

2019-08-15

Seagram's heiress Clare Bronfman, center, leaving after her hearing at the United States Courthouse at 225 Cadman Plaza East, Brooklyn, New York, Friday, April 19, 2019. (Shawn Inglima/for New York Daily News)

Poor little rich girl wants to learn.

Clare Bronfman — heiress to the vast Seagram’s liquor fortune and a chief financial backer of the notorious NXIVM sex cult — is asking a judge to loosen the terms of her home confinement so she can leave her posh digs to prepare for the national high school equivalency exam.

Bronfman, 40, made the request Thursday in a letter sent by her legal team to U.S. District Court Judge Nicholas Garaufis.

In it, her lawyers Kathleen Cassidy and Caroline Grosshans note that prior to the scandalous court case the former equestrian received only a 10th-grade education, and that she “has been working diligently over the past several months to prepare" for the test.

“Ms. Bronfman has taken over 160 hours of online classes, in addition to many hours of practicing exam essays and math,” they wrote. “Ms. Bronfman hopes that by taking basic adult education classes in areas such as anatomy, physiology, English literature, and writing, for as long as she is able to under the circumstances, she will continue to build on what she has learned.”

The attorneys go on to argue that because she has no contact with her family in New York and exercise is “critical” to her mental and physical health Garoufis should let her spend “additional time outdoors for running, exercising and grocery shopping.”

Under the current terms of her home confinement, Bronfman is allowed to venture outside three days a week for a total of 5 hours so she can shop and exercise.

She pleaded guilty in April to conspiracy to conceal and hide illegal aliens for financial gain and to fraudulent use of identification and admitted to using the credit card and banking information of cult leader Keith Raniere’s dead ex-lover.

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She inherited a fortune after her father, former Seagram’s Company chairman Edgar Bronfman, died in 2013.

Ms. Bronfman, who was released on a $100 million bond secured by $50 million in assets, still awaits sentencing and is facing up to two years in prison.