If someone is promising you the world and starting to do [those] other things, beware."And then there's the alleged preying on vulnerable females.
co-star Kristin Kreuk tweeted that she had taken an Executive Success Programs/NXIVM course called an "intensive" to help her combat her shyness, but she left the program five years ago and had had "minimal contact" with anyone else still involved."The accusations that I was in the 'inner circle' or recruited women as 'sex slaves' are blatantly false," stated the actress (who has not been charged or otherwise officially implicated in any crime).
investigation and other reports which included interviews with women who said they were branded and subjected to other abusive treatment, reads, "I am deeply saddened by the recent news relating to our organization, a number of key people involved, and past friends."The picture being painted in the media is not how I know our community and friends to be, nor how I experience it myself.
However, as an organization and as individuals, we felt it was imperative that we hire experts to ensure there is no merit to the allegations.
Overall, under the guise of offering self-help and what amounted to life coaching, the Feds charged, Raniere was running an elaborate pyramid scheme in which women paid for his tutelage and could only move up the ladder of personal growth by forking over more cash, with a five-day workshop costing upward of $5,000.
"The Nxivm curriculum taught that women had inherent weaknesses including 'overemotional' natures, an inability to keep promises and embracing the role of victim," the complaint continued, per the Within NXIVM, the complaint charges, was DOS, a "secret society" within the group made up of women who were considered to be struggling in the program and were then tasked with recruiting other women to join—and to join the potential members had to provide "collateral" in the form of compromising photos or videos, or other information about themselves or family members that they would not want made public should they be inclined to cut ties with DOS (the name derived from a Latin phrase that could translate as "Lord/Master of the Obedient Female Companions" or "The Vow") or refuse sex with Raniere."DOS operates as a pyramid with levels of 'slaves' headed by 'masters,'" the charges continued.
He said, 'Why don't you take some time and think about? Mack was arrested last week on federal sex trafficking charges, accused of recruiting women for a sex slavery ring led by Raniere, who was arrested last month near Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, Mexican and American authorities having tracked him to a $10,000-a-week villa inside a luxurious gated community.
Give yourself some space to figure out who you are now.' So that's what I did."At the time, maybe, that just sounded like glowing praise. According to authorities, the women he was living with sped after the agents as they left with him in their car, apparently reluctant to let Raniere—called "The Vanguard" by his acolytes—go.As this pyramid scheme continues to unravel, we ask anyone who might have been a victim to reach out to us with information that may further our investigation."A consumer-fraud complaint filed last summer in New York by a former NXIVM member, who was demanding a refund of ,000 spent on self-improvement programs, wrote in documents obtained by , "This company is a cult preying on vulnerable men and women who are looking for a credible self help program.Unless forcible confinement, branding, sex with students, and taking people who disagree with the program to court is a bona fide business in New York then I suggest all fees and tuition collected are baseless and fraudulent."While the federal complaint stopped short of calling NXIVM a cult, and Raniere and active members have denied being a cult, experts on the subject say the organization checks off all the boxes, from its charismatic leader to its alleged focus on separating members from their family or other non-believers."In my opinion, NXIVM is one of the most extreme groups I have ever dealt with in the sense of how tightly wound it is around the leader, Keith Raniere," Rick Ross, a cult tracker who at the time was embroiled in year nine of an ongoing legal battle with NXIVM (he was sued for exposing too much of its teaching practices while writing about and discussing the program), told Albany's.Thank you to all of the brave women who have come forward to share their stories and expose DOS; I can't imagine how difficult this has been for you.I am deeply disturbed and embarrassed to have been associated with NXIVM."Over the past months, there have been extensive independent investigations performed, by highly qualified individuals, and they have firmly concluded that there is no merit to the allegations that we are abusing, coercing or harming individuals.