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AOC’s Met Gala dates: Billionaire Seagram’s heir whose aunt is in jail for funding NXIVM

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez attended the Met Gala on Monday night in what she claimed was a political protest against the wealthy guests whose dime she dined out on after being invited as a guest of the Metropolitan Museum. 

And while she walked the red carpet with Aurora James, the designer behind her ‘tax the rich’ dress, the pair were seen leaving the event with their respective other halves. 

AOC’s boyfriend, Riley Roberts, was beaming as he escorted her down the famous carpeted steps, adorned in a blue tuxedo. 

Less cheery was James’ boyfriend, Benjamin Bronfman, whose legacy family created Seagram’s, once the world’s largest alcoholic beverage company. 

He is a billionaire environmentalist who previously battled with his ex-partner, the rapper MIA, for custody of their son. 

AOC leaves the Met Gala with Benjamin Bronfman, one of the heirs to the Seagram's family fortune of an estimated $2.5billion, dress designer Aurora James, and her boyfriend Riley Roberts on Monday night

AOC leaves the Met Gala with Benjamin Bronfman, one of the heirs to the Seagram’s family fortune of an estimated $2.5billion, dress designer Aurora James, and her boyfriend Riley Roberts on Monday night 

Bronfman and Roberts did not walk the red carpet with James and AOC at the start of the night, but they all left together

Bronfman and Roberts did not walk the red carpet with James and AOC at the start of the night, but they all left together

His father is Edgar Bronfman Jr., former CEO of Warner Bros. Edgar’s sister Clare Bronfman was one of the woman accused of funding the sex cult NXIVM. 

She is currently serving 81 months in prison for her role in the abusive sex cult that Keith Raniere founded. 

The Bronfman family are renowned for their wealth.

Patriarch Charles Bronfman – Benjamin’s great uncle – is worth an estimated $2.5billion. He sold Seagram Company Ltd., the beverage company, to Vivendi for $30billion in 2000. 

It was Benjamin’s great-grandfather, Samuel Bronfman, who founded the company in as Distillers Corporation Limited and acquired Seagram’s in 1928. 

Benjamin’s father, Edgar Bronfman Jr., is one of seven children. 

His half-sister, Clare, is in prison for helping Raniere run the sex cult that dozens of women say they were recruited into. 

Clare Bronfman is serving 81 months in prison for her role in NXIVM

Clare Bronfman is serving 81 months in prison for her role in NXIVM

Bronfman’s father’s half-sister is serving 81 months in prison for her role in the NXIVM sex cult

Before Aurora James, Bronfman dated British rapper MIA . The pair have a child together. In 2013, he filed a restraining order against her to stop her from taking the child to the UK to live with her. She tweeted at the time: 'THE BRONFMANS WANT TO TAKE MY CHILD AWAY FROM ME'

Before Aurora James, Bronfman dated British rapper MIA . The pair have a child together. In 2013, he filed a restraining order against her to stop her from taking the child to the UK to live with her. She tweeted at the time: ‘THE BRONFMANS WANT TO TAKE MY CHILD AWAY FROM ME’ 

Before James, Bronfman dated British singer MIA. The pair had a bitter custody battle about their son, who MIA wanted to take back to London in 2013.

It resorted in Bronfman filing a restraining order against the child’s mother. 

She retaliated on Twitter, fuming: ‘WOW. THE BRONFMANS WANT TO TAKE MY CHILD AWAY FROM ME . WHAT KIND OF S**T IS THAT ? THEY NEVER SEE HIM .

‘Every child needs the MOTHER , I GREW UP WITHOUT A DAD . If grew up without my mother I wouldn’t be here.’ 

She took the tweets down 30 minutes later. It’s unclear how they resolved the custody battle. 

Now, Bronfman – who lives in a $7million mansion on the Upper West Sand James are regulars on the NYC party circuit. They went public with their romance earlier this year. 

James started her fashion brand Brother Vellies in 2013. 

She says she did it with $3,000 and began at a flea market, around the same time AOC was working in a Mexican bar in downtown Manhattan. 

She gushed during a CNN interview on Wednesday that AOC had followed her career from the beginning.

Brother Vellies is a sustainable, Brooklyn-based fashion brand beloved by celebrities including Beyonce.  

Bronfman's father is Edgar Bronfman Jr., one of the heirs to the Seagram's fortune worth an estimated $2.5billion

Bronfman’s father is Edgar Bronfman Jr., one of the heirs to the Seagram’s fortune worth an estimated $2.5billion 

Bronfman and fashion designed Aurora James, who AOC worked with on the dress

Bronfman and fashion designed Aurora James, who AOC worked with on the dress 

James lent the gown she created for AOC to her. She was coy when asked for how much it cost during her CNN interview, saying she hadn’t yet calculated how much it all cost to make. 

‘She wanted to make sure her message was brought into that room and people who need to be more liberal with their economic values.

‘She wouldn’t have attended and worn a pretty gown without delivering any kind of message to people,’ she said. 

AOC has now been hit with accusations that she broke ethics violations. 

the American Accountability Foundation – a non-partisan conservative research organisation intending to hold public representatives accountable – filed a complaint against her on Tuesday. 

AOC and her boyfriend Riley Roberts, pictured in New York City last year. The pair have been together for five years

AOC and her boyfriend Riley Roberts, pictured in New York City last year. The pair have been together for five years

A source close to the organization of the event told DailyMail.com: 'Gala guests use their attire to express their views, creativity, and style' when asked how the Met felt about AOC's choice of outfit

A source close to the organization of the event told DailyMail.com: ‘Gala guests use their attire to express their views, creativity, and style’ when asked how the Met felt about AOC’s choice of outfit

She claims that anyone criticizing her is trying to ‘police her body’.  

The Met Museum- which comped her ticket – has not commented officially on what she chose to wear.

The outfit and its message were a clear insult the ultra-rich people who donate to the gala and fund much of New York City’s culture. 

A source close to the organization of the event told DailyMail.com on Wednesday that it was routine for the museum to give tickets to elected officials for free, and that they would then be placed at tables around the event. 

‘Gala guests use their attire to express their views, creativity, and style,’ they said when asked how the Met felt about AOC’s choice of outfit.

Mayor Bill de Blasio, who also accepted a free ticket, made less of a fuss. 

He attended with his wife and son in what was likely his last chance to do so, before leaving office in November. 



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