[catherine persona]NXIVM victim India Oxenberg speaks out ahead of Allison Mack sentencing

2021-09-23

  NXIVM victim India Oxenberg says she received a letter from Allison Mack just days ago where she dropped the cult persona, denounced leader Keith Raniere and admitted wrongdoing – but she believes the ‘slave master’ should still pay for what she did.?

  Oxenberg, who is the daughter of?Dynasty star Catherine Oxenberg, spoke to ABC News on Wednesday ahead of Mack’s sentencing for her role in the NXIVM cult.?

  Mack – best known for her role in Smallville – is facing 17 years in prison after pleading guilty to charges she manipulated women into becoming sex slaves for Raniere.

  During her sentencing, Mack is expected to seek credit for cooperating against Raniere and taking responsibility for helping him create a secret society of brainwashed women who were branded with his initials.?

  Oxenberg, who?joined the group in 2011 at the age of 20 before leaving in 2018, says any reduced sentence would be an insult to NXIVM victims.?

  She has previously said Mack was her ‘master’ while she was in the cult.

  India Oxenberg, who is the daughter of Dynasty star Catherine Oxenberg, spoke to ABC News on Wednesday ahead of Mack's sentencing for her role in the NXIVM cult India Oxenberg, who is the daughter of Dynasty star Catherine Oxenberg, spoke to ABC News on Wednesday ahead of Mack's sentencing for her role in the NXIVM cult

  India Oxenberg, who is the daughter of Dynasty star Catherine Oxenberg, spoke to ABC News on Wednesday ahead of Mack’s sentencing for her role in the NXIVM cult

  Allison Mack Allison Mack Keith Raniere Keith Raniere

  Allison Mack, who is best known for her role in Smallville, is facing 17 years in prison after pleading guilty to charges she manipulated women into becoming sex slaves for Keith Raniere

  ’Her worst quality is that she dehumanized people, she was inhumane. That’s hard to come back from,’?Oxenberg said of Mack.?

  Oxenberg said she was ‘surprised’ to receive a letter from Mack just days ago regarding her involvement in the cult.?

  She did not divulge the contents of the letter.?

  ’I was so surprised, I didn’t not expect that. It was so sad because it was the first communication that I’ve seen from her that actually kind of felt like her,’ she said.

  ’It wasn’t the cult persona. I felt sympathetic but it was also very clear to me that this was someone who really did struggle with empathy.?

  ’I do believe that she has been able to see that she did wrong and hurt people and that she has denounced Keith Raniere – that is what I prayed for.’?

  Oxenberg, who was among those who testified during Raniere’s trial,?has previously revealed that she was the first woman to be branded in January 2016 as two fellow cult members held her down by her hands and feet.?

  She also alleged she was raped by Raniere and groomed by him for years.?

  Her mother, Catherine, tried to rescue her daughter from the cult for several years before she was finally successful in 2018.

  India Oxenberg's mother, Catherine, (right) tried to rescue her daughter from the cult for several years before she was finally successful in 2018 India Oxenberg's mother, Catherine, (right) tried to rescue her daughter from the cult for several years before she was finally successful in 2018

  India Oxenberg’s mother, Catherine, (right) tried to rescue her daughter from the cult for several years before she was finally successful in 2018

  Oxenberg, who was among those who testified during Raniere's trial, has previously revealed that she was the first woman to be branded in January 2016 as two fellow cult members held her down by her hands and feet Oxenberg, who was among those who testified during Raniere's trial, has previously revealed that she was the first woman to be branded in January 2016 as two fellow cult members held her down by her hands and feet

  Oxenberg, who was among those who testified during Raniere’s trial, has previously revealed that she was the first woman to be branded in January 2016 as two fellow cult members held her down by her hands and feet?

  Oxenberg said she has suffered panic attacks and nightmares in the lead up to Mack’s sentencing while writing her victim impact statement.?

  Mack, who had been on house arrest in?California?since her guilty plea, is facing up to 17 years in prison.

  She wrote a letter to judge ahead of her sentencing in which she apologized for her role in NXIVM and said following Raniere was the biggest regret of her life.?

  She urged the judge to show leniency given she cooperated?with prosecutors by providing an audio tape of Raniere talking about branding his recruits that helped convict him.

  ’It is now of paramount importance for me to say, from the bottom of my heart, I am so sorry,’ Mack said in her letter.

  ’I threw myself into the teachings of Keith Raniere with everything I had. I believed, whole-heartedly, that his mentorship was leading me to a better, more enlightened version of myself. I devoted my loyalty, my resources, and, ultimately, my life to him.

  ’This was the biggest mistake and regret of my life.’?

  She also apologized to the victims she and Raneire lured into the sex cult, calling her former master a ‘twisted man.’?

  ’I am sorry to those of you that I brought into NXIVM,’ Mack wrote.?

  Clare Bronfman Clare Bronfman Kathy Russell Kathy Russell

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  Clare Bronfman, the group’s bookkeeper Kathy Russell, NXIVM co-founder Nancy Salzman and her daughter Lauren Salzman were also charged (pictured clockwise)

  ’I am sorry I ever exposed you to the nefarious and emotionally abusive schemes of a twisted man. I am sorry that I encouraged you to use your resources to participate in something that was ultimately so ugly. I do not take lightly the responsibility I have in the lives of those I love and I feel a heavy weight of guilt for having misused your trust, leading you down a negative path.’

  A transcript of the tape, which was included in a pre-sentencing court filing made public last week, showed Raniere and Mack discussing the branding ceremony.? ?

  ’Do you think the person who’s being branded should be completely nude and sort of held to the table like a, sort of almost like a sacrifice? I don’t know if that, that’s a feeling of submission, you know,’?Raniere asked.?

  He also suggested filming the branding to be used as ‘collateral’ in a bid to stop women leaving the cult.?

  Raniere went on to describe how the woman should be in a ‘vulnerable position’ for the branding.?

  ’Laying on the back, legs slightly, or legs spread straight like, like feet, feet being held to the side of the table,?hands probably above the head being held, almost like being tied down, like sacrificial, whatever,’ he said.?

  ’The person should ask to be branded.?Should say, please brand me it would be an honor, or something like that. An honor I want to wear for the rest of my life, I don’t know.?

  ’And they should probably say that before they’re held down, so it doesn’t seem like they are being coerced.’

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