Seagrams liquor heiress faints in court — after judge seems to suggest that Michael Avenatti was secretly representing her
Attorney Michael Avenatti on MSNBC.

The daughter of late Seagram CEO Edgar Bronfman fainted in court on Wednesday, New York Post's Emily Saul reports.


Clare Bronfman was arrested for her role in NXIVM, a secretive New York self-help group often described as cultish.

"Seagrams heiress Clare Bronfman faints in court after judge seems to suggest that Michael Avenatti was secretly representing her, trying to negotiate deal with US attorney’s office in NXIVM case," Saul reported.

"Bronfman has been wheeled on a stretcher by paramedics and...into a conference room," she continued.

"She's conscious," Saul updated.

"Bronfman’s 'faint' happened after a prolonged sidebar, which was called after the judge asked her 'did she retain Mr. Avenatti to represent her in this case? Yes or no?'" she explained.

"Avenatti has never entered a notice of appearance in this case. Yet Mark Geragos has," Saul reported. "First assistant US attorney Mark Lesko says on the record he met with Geragos and Avenatti last week about this case."

Later Geragos admitted working with Avenatti while denying cooperating against him.

"Geragos says this is true, but he doesn’t know if Avenatti intended to file a notice of appearance in this case 'because of the other case.' They don’t say on the record if that’s Avenatti’s SDNY case, or one of Bronfman’s pending civil suits," she explained.

"Asked by reporters if he was cc-1, Geragos deflected. Asked if he was cooperating against Avenatti, he mumbled 'no,'" Saul added.