TV star's daughter escapes sex cult

Rebekah Scanlan
Senior Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer

Former Dynasty star Catherine Oxenberg has revealed that her daughter, India, has been reunited with her family after she broke free from an alleged sex cult.

The mum appeared on US current affairs show Dateline, where she told the chilling story of how 27-year-old India was sucked into the NXIVM sex cult.

Catherine admitted she felt extreme “guilt” for what had happened, revealing she inadvertently introduced her daughter to the cult when she enrolled her into their “self-help classes”.

Former Dynasty actress Catherine Oxenberg has revealed her daughter India has escpaed from the sex cult NXIVM. Source: Getty

“I brought her in. And that’s why I feel responsible for getting her out…” she told host, Megyn Kelly. “At first I felt horrendous guilt that I had participated in bringing my daughter into an organisation that was this deviant and dangerous.”

The cult lured women in

However, the 80’s TV icon quickly realised she was powerless against the group, who were a “well-oiled machine” and designed to suck people in, adding “India never stood a chance”. 

Catherine also claimed her daughter was among some of the women who have alleged to have branded some of its members with the initials of its leader Keith Raniere.

She also repeated a statement from her daughter that confirmed she is “moving on”.

The 80’s TV star claimed her daughter had been branded whilst chatting to Dateline’s  Megyn Kelly. Source: NBC

“So this is what she says in her own words, ‘I am moving on with my life. It’s a complex situation. I understand my mum’s struggle, and the people involved,” Catherine said, adding her daughter would share her story when she felt ready.

There’s been multiple arrests

News of the cult has shaken Hollywood ever since Smallville actress Allison Mack was arrested and charged with sex trafficking, allegedly running the group alongside its leader Raniere.

It was Mack’s arrest in April that caused Catherine to take action, revealing she was scared India would eventually suffer the same fate.

“If I hadn’t done what I’d done, maybe my daughter India would be sitting where Allison is sitting today,” she said.

Former Smallville star Allison Mack arriving at court in New York for a bail hearing in relation to the NXIVM sex-trafficking charges. Source: Getty Images

Since Mack’s involvement in the sex cult shocked the world, various claims surrounding the level of her involvement have emerged, including that she “recruited” women as sex slaves. 

A lawyer for Mack entered a “not guilty” plea following her arrest and the star was released on $6.6 million bond after her mum reportedly bailed her out.

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