Actress Catherine Oxenberg, best known for her work on the beloved television series "Dynasty," met with New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office to present evidence that her daughter is being held captive by a nefarious "self-help" organization named Nxivm. A frightening report from the New York Times suggests that the group uses blackmailing, brainwashing and violent practices, including the branding of their women using a cauterizing device.
Oxenberg believes that her daughter, India, has fallen in with the group that is now allegedly using her as a sex slave in service of their leader Keith Raniere.
“I’m desperate to save my daughter,” Oxenberg reportedly told a friend before the meeting. “I want to help the other young women. I am desperately hoping the authorities take notice and investigate.”
A spokesperson for Schneiderman confirmed the meeting: “Our office met to hear her concerns.”
Schneiderman's prosecutors may pursue escapees of the group, who are left with scars in the shape of Raniere's initials, to testify against the organization.
“Some people have said this is a voluntary sorority. The women I have spoken to tell a far different story,” Oxenberg said. “Coercion is not voluntary. Extortion is not voluntary. Blackmail is not voluntary.”
A Nxivm spokesperson has claimed that the group “firmly opposes and condemns violence, victimhood, dishonor and abuse.”
The expansive NYT report, however, suggests otherwise: “No one goes in looking to have their personality stripped away,” said one survivor. “You just don’t realize what is happening.”
An estimated 16,000 people have enrolled in Nxivm's courses since the late 1990s.
“Humans can be noble,” Raniere says on his website. “The question is: will we put forth what is necessary?”