Roughly 16,000 individuals as soon as participated in Keith Raniere’s skilled growth program NXIVM, and that quantity, as we see on HBO’s The Vow, included a handful of celebrities. One Hollywood star who turned devastatingly conscious of the cult’s darker secrets and techniques was Dynasty’s Catherine Oxenberg (proven above with daughter India and ex-husband Casper Van Dien in 2007). The actress introduced her daughter, India, into the group earlier than understanding the total extent of Raniere’s abuses. After years of mistreatment, India left NXIVM after Raniere’s arrest and has been holding her profile low ever since.
In 2011, Catherine launched India, then 19, to NXIVM, believing that the corporate’s self-help programs would her her daughter begin her enterprise and transition into maturity. Little did she know that the multilevel advertising scheme had additionally been a funnel for Raniere to recruit ladies into NXIVM’s sex-slave cult, DOS. Earlier than NXIVM’s legacy went tumbling down, India was branded and indoctrinated into the cult. She had been pressured into sustaining a 500-calorie-a-day food regimen and into having a sexual relationship with the founder. Smallville actress Allison Mack was her “grasp.” Catherine fought to get her daughter out of the cult – in 2017, a NXIVM defector reached out to the Dynasty star with issues about India’s situation.
In August 2018, Catherine revealed that India had left the cult round June of that 12 months after Raniere’s arrest and NXIVM’s shutdown. Catherine’s been vocal in regards to the cult’s influence on her household, releasing a guide, Captive: A Mom’s Campaign to Save Her Daughter From a Terrifying Cult, in 2018, and producing a Lifetime film, Escaping the NXIVM Cult: A Mom’s Combat to Save Her Daughter, in 2019 which each illustrated NXIVM’s darkish and predatory aspect.
In accordance with Catherine, India has plans to put in writing a guide about her expertise in NXIVM, however the particulars and launch date are unknown. “I feel it is vital as a part of India’s therapeutic course of, as a part of her reclaiming her sense of autonomy. Feeling empowered as a lady and never as a sufferer anymore,” Catherine instructed Entry Hollywood in 2019. “She’s been bantered round and uncovered a lot within the press, largely at my arms, however it was the one recourse I had so far as getting her out.”
India herself hasn’t been within the information since leaving the cult. Nevertheless, her mom has saved the press within the loop, telling Good Morning America that India had “accomplished plenty of therapeutic” and was now “in a very empowered place.” In accordance with Web page Six, she reportedly left NXIVM to be in a relationship with Patrick D’Ignazio, a chef on the Double Zero restaurant in New York Metropolis. India introduced her engagement on Instagram in October 2019.
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