Chet Hardin is the only journalist to play a midnight game of volleyball with actress Allison Mack, Seagrams heiress Clare Bronfman, and the now-notorious Keith Raniere.
This was in 2009, long before the eventual arrests of Raniere and Mack on the charges of sex trafficking and forced labor.
The volleyball game was a threat.
Chet had broken the news that the Dalai Lama was coming to town to appear in an event sponsored by Raniere, Clare and her sister, Sara Bronfman. Chet’s aggressive reporting helped to suspend the event but it also drew the ire of NXIVM, who tried to sue his employer for $65 million. It was during this time that Chet received an invitation from Raniere to the most awkward volleyball game of his life.
Before that game, Chet was the first to report that Mack and her future wife, actress Nicki Clyne of Battlestar Galactica, had followed their colleague Kristin Kreuk into NXIVM.
In his groundbreaking 2006 article “Stress in the Family,” Chet provided cult deprogrammer Rick Ross with the evidence that he was the target of a likely espionage sting, an operation run by self-proclaimed former Israeli spy Juval Aviv. He also conducted exclusive, on-the-record interviews with Raniere’s long-time girlfriend, Toni Natalie.
Chet’s reporting gave voice to the victims who claimed that NXIVM is an abusive cult designed to control and eventually destroy anyone Keith Raniere desires.
Season One of The Fall podcast will launch Valentine’s Day, 2019, followed by the publication of The Fall: Toni Natalie’s Saga to Survive Keith Raniere and NXIVM.
“Investigative journalist Chet Hardin was one of the pioneer journalists who helped uncover the deeply disturbing secrets of NXIVM and laid it out on the public record.” – Frank Parlato, frankreport.com