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Catherine Oxenberg's Daughter India Reflects on the Moment She was Branded in Nxivm Sex Cult

Catherine Oxenberg's Daughter India Reflects on the Moment She was Branded in Nxivm Sex Cult

India Oxenberg is opening up.

The 29-year-old daughter of Catherine Oxenberg spoke about the night she was branded back in January of 2016 in a new interview with People.

In the interview, she was told she was instructed to take off her clothes and walk into a room with a table.

“I had two women holding my hands and my feet so I wouldn’t convulse,” she explained.

She was held down and branded with the initials of Keith Raniere, the leader of Nxivm, described as a “sex cult.”

“I remember the smell — of flesh. I remember crying but not with pain. There was no choice to say no,” she went on to say of the initiation ceremony into the secret sorority, known as DOS.

She had been recruited by former Smallville actress Allison Mack, who would become India‘s “master.”

India and the other women were told the brand was a “symbol of the elements.”

“The circumstances pushed us to our limits, to the point where you would think you were making the choice to get branded,” she explained.

She is telling her side of the story in docuseries Seduced: Inside the Nxivm Cult, which begins airing on Starz on October 18.

“One of my first commands was to seduce Keith. I was told it was an assignment to make me feel less vulnerable,” she said.

“People ask how could this happen but it doesn’t happen right away. It’s a slow drip of indoctrination and grooming,” she continued.

Her Dynasty actress mother came forward in 2017 and went public with her fight to save her daughter.

“I was scared to death but it didn’t matter if I was scared. I knew what I was up against. I knew nobody had dared to do what I was doing because this cult had financially ruined them. I had to save my daughter,” she explained.

“I can’t describe in words how grateful I am for that. Because the truth is, I didn’t see a future for myself when I was there. I was really kind of committed to being there forever, indefinitely,” India said. For more, head to

Allison Mack was accused of targeting sororities and coercing recruits in a new NXIVM lawsuit.

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