Kidnapping survivor Elizabeth Smart tried to save Catherine Oxenberg’s daughter India from the Nxivm sex-slave cult, according to a new report.
Smart wrote a ‘wonderful, heartfelt’ letter to the 27-year-old actress offering support after learning she was part of the sinister group, in which Smallville actress Allison Mack allegedly blackmailed members into sleeping with its leader, Keith Raniere.
But India never replied as she was sucked deeper and deeper into the cult, Catherine Oxenberg, 56, writes in Captive: A Mother’s Crusade to Save Her Daughter from a Terrifying Cult.
Kidnapping victim Elizabeth Smart (left, in Beverly Hills on May 22) tried to save India Oxenberg (pictured left in New York this week) from the Nxivm sex-slave cult, according to reports
Catherine Oxenberg (pictured with her daughter) made the claim in a new book, Captive: A Mother’s Crusade to Save Her Daughter from a Terrifying Cult
‘We made a plan for her to send an email to India asking if she needed support, explaining that, she, too had been a victim of media exposure and experienced many emotions that India might be going through,’ Oxenberg writes in the book, seen by Radar Online.
India joined Nxivm in 2011 aged 20 after going to one of its self-help workshops. The group, which branded its members with Raniere’s initials, quickly began to change her.
‘She was showing signs of becoming secretive, distracted, and unreliable – showing up late for appointments or not helping out at home when she’d promised she would,’ Oxenberg, who starred in 80s soap opera Dynasty, wrote.
Smart – who was kidnapped and raped aged 14 for nine months – was unable to convince India to leave the cult, and she soon became like an ‘Energizer Bunny missionary,’ her mother said.
Billionaire heiress Clare Bronfman, Smallville star Allison Mack, Nancy Salzman and her daughter Lauren and Kathy Russell were in a Brooklyn court on Wednesday (Mack left, Bronfman right)
All six members of the cult have pleaded not guilty to the charges against them, and on Tuesday Bronfman (above on Wednesday) posted $100 million bond for her release
The alleged leaders of the Nxivm cult were reunited on Wednesday in court.
Allison Mack, billionaire heiress Clare Bronfman, Nancy Salzman and her daughter Lauren plus Kathy Russell were all seen making their way into United States District Court in Brooklyn for a criminal cause for status conference.
Once inside the five women were joined by Raniere, who along with the previously indicted Mack is also facing some new charges.
A superseding indictment released on Tuesday revealed that all six members are being charged with racketeering conspiracy and that Raniere, Mack and Laren Salzman were being charged with wire fraud.
It has also been revealed that Raniere and Lauren allegedly locked a woman in a room for two years because she was affectionate for a man who was not her master.
The painted veil: The five women are all being indicted on charges related to the cult Nxivm, and a subset of the group where women were branded and kept as sex slaves (Nancy Salzman above on Wednesday)
Leader of the pack: Keith Raniere, the leader of the group, was also in court and remains in custody as he faces a number of charges including sex trafficking (Raniere above in 2016 video)