The massively popular group attracted Hollywood stars and millionaires, but it all crashed after accusations of a secret sex cult. The leader and several high-ranking members consequently reached behind bars.
“Dynasty” actress Catherine Oxberg battled for years to free her daughter from the group and broke her silence for the first time after being freed from the so-called cult NXIVM in an exclusive interview with ABC News.
“What I thought I was learning was self-help and personal development. What I was learning was the opposite. It was inhumane,” Bharat Oxberg said.
At just 19 years old, he joined a group run by Keith Raniere, a self-proclaimed mentor who boasted about what he described as superior intelligence.
Initially, the mother-daughter duo went to the first meeting together, but the group tried to break that connection almost immediately, Catherine Keinberg said.
The mother and actress told ABC News, “Yes. And that was all strategic. And we were unaware of why we were doing it at the time.” “But it’s really something that I later learned as parental separation.”
Bharat Oxberg spent almost seven years in the organization and paid him about $ 100,000, now stating that he was slowly brainwashed but could not see it while it was happening.
“It’s a year of grooming. And when you’re clueless, it’s very easy to wander off, especially by people who manipulate.” “And these people were that, especially Keith Queen. He is a master at manipulation.”
Bharat Oxberg continued, “If there is one thing on which he is intelligent, he is. And he is a hunter.”
Prosecutors said Raniere was a skeptic and hunter who took advantage of the women. He said that Raniere, who calls himself Mohra, created a secret anguish inside the group, where women were enslaved and had sex with him.
According to prosecutors, Raniere blackmailed the women he called “collateral” like family secrets and nude photos.
Bharat Oxberg said that “Smallville” actress Allison Mack was the first person to introduce herself to society under the guise of women’s empowerment.
“It was a trap,” he said bluntly. “And it was a ploy for Keith to enslave women for their own sexual desires.”
Her own relationship with Raniere, she said, “took a different turn and became sexual when – I was ordered to do a seduction assignment.”
Bharat Oxberg reported, “This was the beginning – continued sexual abuse. And I didn’t see it at the time.”
“I would describe that sexual relationship as rape,” she continued.
Due to the nature of the relationship, she explained that she feels like she can’t leave what was being asked of her.
Bharat Oxberg said, “I had given collateral, which automatically removed my choice.” “So I didn’t have the option to say no. Saying that doesn’t mean hurting my family or hurting my friends. And I wasn’t going to do that.”
In the new STARZ documentary, “Seduced: Inside the NXIVM Cult”, which premiered on Sunday, October 18 at 9 pm ET, India Oxburg returns to the house where she said she and the others along with Raniere’s initials Was further branded below.
“It was terrible,” he said when asked about the night he was branded.
His mother said, “And you had no idea that it was Keith’s initials. I remember him.”
“The real thing that we were told was that it was a symbol of the elements and it was going to be a bonding experience,” explained Bharat Oxberg. “And we were sleep deprived. We were hungry. We were forced.”
She continued, “You don’t just decide to be branded. You are bound to be branded.”
For years, her mother publicly and privately fought to free India Oxburg from the group.
After Ranierre and Mac were arrested in 2018, India Oxburg finally arrived.
Katherine Oxberg said, “I lived in fear for maybe two years, but I believe – has always been stronger than my fear.” “When I first encountered him in late May of 2017, I felt that I could wake him up. I told him he was brainwashed and he was in a cult. And I said, ‘I’m all about blackmail I know and I am a don. Tea care if it’s about me – lest you stay in the cause. ”
But at the time, Bharat Oxberg recalled that his mother was not supportive.
“I was in a lot of depth – I was scared. And I was confused,” he said.
India Oxberg explained the waking experience as “stages of revelation”.
“I started working with a D-programmer, which helped me a lot,” she said. “But you have to be open to it. Like, you can’t force anyone to see the truth. They need to want to. And I didn’t want to for long.”
Her mother stated that, “Getting someone out of a cult is very different from drug intervention, for example, because their critical thinking has been dispelled. And so the process of working together – a cult defender then To read from and rule them. Deep thinking. ”
It was through “a line of questioning to help them think for themselves” that Katherine said helped her daughter. “It’s so gentle. It’s so different.”
Bharat Oxberg said she hopes other people can take one thing away from her story saying, “You don’t have to be in a cult to cohabit.”
Her mother said she doesn’t know that “no one on the planet has been manipulated – or somehow exploited or fooled, or controlling an abusive relationship.”
He continued, “Prophecy on so many different levels.”
Bharat Oxberg said, “We all have metaphorical scars. I have a physical scar – but you don’t have to live with that.”
“You don’t have to live with Keith Queen. You can reclaim your life.” “You can learn from this. And you can move forward. And you can heal. And you can be loved. And I – I just feel so lucky that I can do that.”
Allison Mack pleaded guilty to cheating and conspiracy. Keith Raniere was convicted of sex-trafficking, intimidation and conspiracy, and faced life in prison when he was sentenced later this month.
India Oxburg also told ABC News that it plans to attend Ranierre’s sentence and make a victim impact statement as part of his closure.
As for the brand on her body, Bharat Oxburg had a bad eye on the tattoo and wrote, “Acora Impero,” which means “still learning.”