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‘The Vow’ Director on Interviewing NXIVM Co-Founder Nancy Salzman and Season 2’s Multi-Sided Approach

Jehane Noujaim started her filmmaking journey with HBO’s The Vow in 2009. The award-winning director attended an introductory class for NXIVM’s personal growth Executive Success Program (“ESP”), where she would go on to meet the self-help marketing corporation’s leader and founder Keith Raniere and his co-founder Nancy Salzman. The pair, now convicted felons, were eventually […]

NXIVM Co-Founders Keith Raniere and Nancy Salzman Return in HBO’s ‘The Vow, Part Two’ Trailer

The Vow is returning with a six-episode second season, promising a rare view into NXIVM founder Keith Raniere’s innermost circle, including co-founder Nancy Salzman.  “My whole company was destroyed and my whole life fell apart,” says Salzman, NXIVM’s president and co-founder with Raniere, in the trailer (below), which also features Raniere speaking from prison. “Going […]

Clare Bronfman Sends Legal Threat to TNT Over ‘Rich & Shameless’ Documentary Portrayal

Clare Bronfman, an heiress to the Seagram liquor fortune who was convicted for her participation in purported self-help group Nxivm, is warning creators of TNT documentary series Rich & Shameless to tread carefully in their portrayal of her as benefactor of a division in the organization revealed to be a sex cult. In a letter […]

Allison Mack Begins 3-Year Prison Sentence Early for Role in NXIVM Crimes

Allison Mack has begun her three-year prison sentence for racketeering and conspiracy related to her involvement in NXIVM, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. The former TV actress and Smallville star is now in the custody of the Federal Correctional Institution in Dublin, California, on Monday, according to a prison spokesperson. Mack, who was sentenced in […]

NXIVM Co-Founder Sentenced to 3 1/2 Years in Sex Slaves Case

A former nurse who co-founded and once ran the cult-like NXIVM group, where prosecutors say some women were brainwashed, branded like animals and coerced into sex, was sentenced Wednesday to 42 months in prison but won’t be locked up until January. Nancy Salzman, the former president and co-founder of NXIVM, must also pay a $150,000 […]

India Oxenberg, Ex-NXIVM Member, Reacts to Allison Mack Sentencing

India Oxenberg, the daughter of former Dynasty star Catherine Oxenberg, has spoken out on the sentencing of Allison Mack, the Smallville star who recruited her into an insidious sex cult led by Keith Raniere. Mack, who faced up to 17 years for her actions, was given three years in federal prison on Wednesday. Raniere was […]

Allison Mack Gets 3 Years in NXIVM Sex-Slave Case

TV actor Allison Mack, who played a key role in the scandal-ridden, cult-like group NXIVM, was sentenced to three years in prison Wednesday on charges she manipulated women into becoming sex slaves for the group’s spiritual leader. Mack — best known for her role as a young Superman’s close friend on the series Smallville — […]

Allison Mack Speaks Out Before Sentencing: “This Was the Biggest Mistake and Regret of My Life”

Former Smallville actress Allison Mack is speaking out in the days leading up to her sentencing for involvement in the NXIVM sex cult. In a letter addressing “those who have been harmed by my actions,” which accompanied sentencing guideline recommendations from her attorneys and was obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, Mack wrote: “It is now […]

Catherine Oxenberg Reacts to Keith Raniere Sentencing: “It’s Over for Him”

Oxenberg spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about the message the punishment sends to would-be sex traffickers and master manipulators,  the fragility of the human mind and the delicate process of rebuilding her relationship with her daughter.

NXIVM Defector India Oxenberg Breaks Silence on “Inhumane” Sex Cult

NXIVM former member India Oxenberg breaks her silence and speaks out on the alleged sex cult led by convicted guru Keith Raniere ahead of his sentencing, where he faces life in prison.

‘The Vow’ Star Mark Vicente on the “Horror” of NXIVM

Mark Vicente spoke about Raniere’s seductive allure, NXIVM’s obsession with surveillance and documentation, and the theories that Raniere may have poisoned or even killed some of his followers. 

Her Darkest Role: Actress Allison Mack’s Descent From ‘Smallville’ to Sex Cult

Like many in Hollywood, Mack sought spiritual guidance outside the mainstream. But 12 years after checking out a women's empowerment seminar, she stands accused of recruiting "slaves" and branding women with a hot cauterizing pen. Through interviews with close friends and ex-members of the Nxivm cult, THR reveals how a charismatic fan favorite allegedly morphed into the leader's No. 2 and explores the persistent allure and pernicious effect of cults on entertainment.