A filmmaker in Rich & Shameless's documentary documentary shows her as a benefactor of a division in the company found to be a sex cult.
A lawyer for Bronfman challenged the depiction of a series that she knowingly funded DOS, a subgroup within Nxivm that slashed and abused women in a letter to the network.
"While we hope this letter will be unnecessary, we are very concerned with the misleading and misleading promotional materials that have already been issued in connection with the Program," writes lawyer Duncan Levin. On May 22, a series called "The Heiress and the Sex Cult" will be released on May 22. Bronfman, who was sentenced to six years and nine months in prison for her role in Nxivm (pronounced NEX-ee-um).
A panel of prominent actors included Allison Mack, who was best known for playing Clark Kent's childhood friend in Smallville, and was convicted on charges of manipulating women into becoming sex slaves for Keith Raniere, the group's leader.
Bronfman, who hasn't seen the episode, takes issue with the program's title. Levin says it "creates the impression that Ms. Bronfman was intentionally funded or in any way associated with a "sex cult."
Bronfman is described as a "financier of one of the most cruel cults of the 21st century."
Levin claims that the producers of the series aren't fully aware of Bronfman's special legal findings. He claims that his client was only involved in Nxivm, which he calls a "well-known organization" that was and had always been distinct from the DOS.
"Not only is the evidence in the court record quite clear on that point, but the federal judge who took over Mrs. Bronfman's case made a specific judicial finding on this topic," Levin writes.
Bronfman has admitted to charges related to immigration fraud and identity theft. The judge who supervised the proceedings clarified that Bronfman was not guilty of participating in sexual assault and that it sounded suspicious that Bronfman wasn't familiar with Raniere's crimes.
In Bronfman's sentencing letter, "I agree with her that evidence does not imply that she was aware of DOS prior to June 2017 or that she either directly or indirectly funded DOS or other sex trafficking activities."
"I do not find that Mrs. Bronfman knowingly funded a sexual abuse group," said the judge.
prosecutors accused Bronfman of spending at least $116 million on Nxivm. Critics of the group said she encouraged them to bankruptcy by sueing them and that she persuaded local prosecutors to investigate them.
In Making a Murderer, Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich and When They See Us, a series involving real life events has resulted in a slew of defamation lawsuits against the production companies and the streaming providers.
Defamation lawsuits are regarded as difficult for individuals in the public interest to win. They must be shown that the people who made the allegedly defamatory statements knew they were lying and behaved with remorse.
If Bronfman decides to pursue a lawsuit, a showing that the creators of the series had sources who claimed that the heiress was knowingly funded unlawful activity by the Department of Justice might be enough for them to dodge the case.
Levin says there is no difference in the standards that a documentary must meet, nor the of any other professional organization.
TNT and Warner Bros. Discovery did not respond to requests for information immediately.