Transcript for Mom details fight to get her daughter out of NXIVM
We're going to turn to one mother's fight to save her daughter from nxivm. Catherine oxenberg is here to talk about it. The leader Keith raniere is awaiting sentencing for it. Paula Faris has more. Keith raniere lured Hollywood actresses, even heiresses into his inner circle, branded them with his initials and allegedly turned them into his sex slaves. Now his story and the story of his group, nxivm, are headed to television. This morning the story of Keith raniere and his group called nxivm which some former members have called a cult is the subject of an explosive new movie on lifetime. This is much more than just top secret. Reporter: Prosecutors say he is a con man and a predator alleging he took advantage of women, blackmailing them with nude photos and threatening to expose their deepest, darkest secrets if they didn't act as his sex slaves. Some were even branded with his initials. I'm an interesting person. I'm a controversial person but most importantly, I'm an unconventional person. Reporter: The 59-year-old is behind bars found guilty last June on charges of sex trafficking and racketeering and ordered by the court to pay over a million dollars to the investigative firm that was used to fend off civil lawsuits by the state. India oxenberg was one of his followers. Her mother, "Design city" actress Catherine oxenberg wrote a book detailing her efforts to save her daughter and now it's been turned into a movie airing on lifetime called "Escaping the nxivm cult, a mother's fight to save her daughter." Are you ready for your nxivm transformation? Reporter: The movie revealing her impression of the man behind the secretive organization and how he lured her daughter. Spoken to me as the chosen one, India. What if I were to tell you that I think that of you too. That you're a chosen one as Wow, it premieres Saturday night on lifetime. This was a quick turnaround for lifetime. They just started filming in June. Separately raniere's sentencing has been delayed till next year facing life in prison. Thanks very much. We're joined by Catherine oxenberg. Thank you for coming in this morning. I know the movie is based on the book you wrote about your daughter. It's so raw and so personal. I can only imagine how hard it must have been to relive it as you were doing the movie. Well, I was hands off for the writing the book my focus was saving my daughter. Deciding to make the film actually was a harder decision because my daughter was out of the cult and wants to move forward and doesn't want the stigma of being associated with nxivm but the decision was it's more important to expose them. Their playbook is very slim whether it's Weinstein or Epstein or this man Keith raniere so in order to protect other young women I thought this was more important to tell the story. I followed it pretty closely. Before we went on the air I don't understand how this works. You actually took a couple of the classes early. Yeah. And? Well, the way he set it up was he had this supposed leadership self-help program and he funneled people through and it looked legitimate and was offering legitimate kind of tools for, you know -- and my daughter really enjoyed it and I thought that there was some benefit in the beginning but truthfully it's a bait and switch and it was a recruitment funnel for sexual partners for him but you didn't know that walking in. It could have been any landmark or any of these sort of large group trainings. And it must have been so hard to see your daughter going through it. As you say she escaped the cult. You rescued her from the cult. How is she doing today. Today she's doing amazing. Amazing. It's been a year since she's been out. There's been a lot of healing and she's in a very empowered place and really, really proud of her. It was a terrifying ordeal. I can only imagine. And as Paula said in her piece, raniere's sentencing has been put off at least a year. Do you want to be there for that day? I do. It's important. It's a privilege to watch the wheels of justice turning and to watch justice being served. This man deserves to spend the rest of his life in jail. He's a danger to society. If you could confront him today face-to-face, what would you say? What would I say to him? That his reign of terror is over. Thank you. Thank you, George. Thanks for coming in. "Escaping the nxivm cult" premieres this Saturday on lifetime.
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