Published: Wed, August 08, 2018

Catherine Oxenberg feels 'horrendous guilt' after bringing daughter into alleged sex cult

Catherine Oxenberg feels 'horrendous guilt' after bringing daughter into alleged sex cult

"Dynasty" star Catherine Oxenberg has revealed the moment she found out her daughter India had been branded "like cattle" by the Nxivm sex-slave cult.

Catherine watched in horror as her daughter fell further and further down the rabbit hole, becoming brainwashed by the organization's charismatic leader, Keith Raniere.

Following Keith Raniere's arrest in March 2018, fragments of Nxivm's disturbing actions have come into the light. "I care for all of them very deeply, '" Oxenberg recounted of her daughter's statement.

Catherine tells "Dateline" that she is the one who originally took India to a NXIVM (pronounced "Nexium") course in 2011. "It was a good experience for me", she recalls India saying.


In a Monday night Dateline interview with Megyn Kelly, Oxenberg said: 'I did my darnedest to try to get her involved in other things, to try and redirect her interests, to try and get her other jobs.

When interventions and quietly going to the authorities didn't work, Oxenberg said she had no choice but to go public with her plight - which is what she says ultimately saved the 26-year-old. She was ordered held without bail and has since been released on $5 million bail.

Edmondson, a former member who told the New York Times a year ago about being literally branded by the group with a symbol that incorporated Raniere's initials, continued: "She never recruited sex slaves and has been out since 2013 before shit got weird". And that's why I feel responsible for getting her out. But quickly, Catherine saw a sinister side to what appeared to be a self-help organization created to help its clients become the best versions of themselves. At first I felt horrendous guilt that I had participated in bringing my daughter into an organization that was this deviant and risky, ' she said. Then I started to educate myself. Amid allegations that the group recruited female members to act as sex slaves and perform humiliating acts, Raniere and Mack were separately arrested earlier this year, and have both pleaded not guilty to charges of sex trafficking. I spoke to numerous experts and they said, 'Would you stop blaming yourself? "India never stood a chance".

A few weeks later, in May 2017, she says she asked the question "no mother should ever have to ask her daughter".

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