Catherine Oxenberg reveals her guilt for introducing daughter to cult

Lawrence Kim
August 8, 2018

Later on in the interview, Oxenberg said that she was wracked with "horrendous guilt" after introducing India to NXIVM and taking her to one of the sex cult's motivational courses while under the impression they could help her become a successful entrepreneur. And that's why I feel responsible for getting her out.

Oxenberg, 56, sat down for two interviews to promote her upcoming book, Captive: A Mother's Crusade to Save Her Daughter from a Terrifying Cult, set to air Monday on "Dateline NBC" and Tuesday on "Megyn Kelly Today". And they said, 'Would you stop blaming yourself? "I received threats myself". "And India never stood a chance'".

Oxenberg stopped attending the so-called self-help classes after two years, but India was still an active participant, even moving from LA to NY to be closer to the group.

Kelly then asked Oxenberg what it was like to see that symbol branded on her child. "And I did my darndest to try to get her involved in other things, to try and redirect her interests, to try and get her other jobs".

"I'm so incredibly grateful because if they hadn't been arrested I would have had to run for my life ..."

So began Oxenberg's fight to save India.

Catherine sat down with NBC News' Megyn Kelly for a lengthy interview that will air on "Dateline" on August 6, and Page Six got a sneak peek at the hour-long episode dubbed "A Mother's Mission".

Edmondson, a former member who told the New York Times a year ago about being literally branded by the group with a symbol that incorporated Raniere's initials, continued: "She never recruited sex slaves and has been out since 2013 before shit got weird".

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

As we reported, Mack, a high-ranking member in the group, was arrested in Mexico alongside NXIVM founder Keith Raniere on charges of sex trafficking and forced labor. But quickly, Catherine saw a sinister side to what appeared to be a self-help organization created to help its clients become the best versions of themselves.

Former Smallville star Allison Mack arriving at court in NY for a bail hearing in relation to the NXIVM sex-trafficking charges.

Oxenberg said some of her guilt was relieved after she started to learn more about cults.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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