India Oxenberg (29) was trapped in the sex sect NXIVM for seven years. The daughter of “Denver Clan” star Catherine Oxenberg (59) joined the sect in 2011 when she was just 19 years old. She only made it out in 2018 when the sect leader Keith Raniere (60) and his accomplice, “Smallville” actress Allison Mack (38), were arrested. In “Good Morning America” the actress reveals details about the sex sect.
“I thought I was learning about self-help and personal growth,” says India. What she learned was exactly the opposite. «It was inhuman. I’ve been brainwashed. ” Members of the cult had to address each other as “slave” and “master”. In order to prevent the women from dropping out, compromising material such as nude photos and videos as well as dark family secrets were collected from them. “It was a trap,” says Oxenberg.
Actress was only allowed to eat 500 calories
It was a trick by Keith Raniere to enslave women for his own sexual desires. “I would call this sexual relationship rape,” said the actress. She calls the sect leader “master of manipulation” and “predator”. To make the girls compliant, NXIVM had their methods: “We were sleep deprived, we were hungry.” It was controlled by Allison Mack. If she wanted something to eat, she had to ask Mack’s permission first. More than 500 calories a day were banned.
India Oxenberg has been branded
India and the rest of the members not only suffered from food and sleep deprivation, Keith Raniere and Allison Mack also immortalized themselves on their bodies: “You don’t just choose to be branded. You are forced to do so. ” In an interview with “People” she talks about the day. “Two women held my hands and feet so I wouldn’t flinch. Then they burned the initials into my lap region. ” She cried, not out of pain, but because she had no choice but to say no.
Oxenberg has got her body back
Little did she know at the time that the branding was supposed to represent her guru and his accomplice. “We were told that it was a symbol of the elements and would weld us together.” She has now converted the branding into a tattoo: “It’s in the form of a mandala with an eye. It represents the evil eye looking outward. All around it says ‘en quora en para’, which means ‘I’m still learning’. “
India has “brought back” her body because she no longer sees Raniere’s initials when she looks at herself naked in the mirror: “I now see something that I designed for myself.” (bsn / ds)