NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the arrest of an heiress and others in the investigation into a self-help group accused of branding women and forcing them into unwanted sex (all times local):

2:25 p.m.

A lawyer for an heiress to the Seagram's liquor fortune says her client, arrested in a federal investigation, "did nothing wrong."

Susan Necheles (NEHK'-eh'-lehs) issued a statement Tuesday on behalf of Clare Bronfman.

Bronfman's among supporters of a group called NXIVM (NEHK'-see-uhm) charged with racketeering conspiracy.

The upstate New York organization is accused of branding women and forcing them into unwanted sex.

Necheles says the group has helped thousands of people and is not "a criminal enterprise."

Bronfman is a daughter of the late billionaire philanthropist and former Seagram chairman Edgar Bronfman Sr.

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An heiress to the Seagram's liquor fortune has been arrested heiress to the Seagram's liquor fortune in upstate New York that is accused of branding women and forcing them into unwanted sex.

Federal prosecutors in Brooklyn announced Tuesday that Clare Bronfman and three other people associated with the NXIVM organization had been charged with racketeering conspiracy.

Bronfman is a daughter of billionaire philanthropist and former Seagram chairman Edgar Bronfman Sr.

For many years she has been involved in financing NXIVM and supporting its co-founder, Keith Raniere.

Raniere was charged earlier this year along with a NXIVM adherent, the actress Allison Mack, with coercing followers into becoming "slaves" to senior members of the group.

They have denied the allegations. Bronfman has said she had no knowledge of wrongdoing.