NXIVM guru to pay for victims’ brand removal as restitution


NEW YORK (AP) — The unrepentant former leader of the cult-like NXIVM group was ordered on Tuesday to pay $3.5 million to 21 victims of a sex-trafficking scheme, a sum including the cost of surgically removing scars from branding rituals performed by a secret sorority. The brands depicting the initials of Keith Raniere were meant … Read more

Actor Allison Mack faces sentencing in NXIVM sex-slave case


NEW YORK (AP) — TV actor Allison Mack, who played a key role in a scandal-ridden, cult-like upstate New York group, is facing sentencing Wednesday after pleading guilty to 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 … Read more

‘Snapping out’ of a cult and sharing her healing with others


(RNS) — Gerette Buglion did not know she was getting involved with a cult. Perhaps no one ever does. But after nearly two decades following one man’s teachings — a man she calls “Doug” in her new book, “An Everyday Cult” — Buglion realized that somewhere along the way she had become disconnected from her … Read more