NXIVM sex cult: Which celeb members weren’t in ‘The Vow’?
HBO’s The Vow gives viewers an inside look into the celebrities involved in NXIVM. Although The Vow includes many celebrities that are speaking out, like Sarah Edmondson and Catherine Oxenberg, many more haven’t made an appearance.
NXIVM billed itself as a series of female empowerment seminars. They tried to attract famous actors into their circle like Emma Watson. However, they harbored a dark secret. A splinter group of NXIVM, DOS, was a sex-trafficking cult.
Investigative journalists and former members broke harrowing stories about branding and sexual blackmail. After authorities looked into it, NXIVM’s inner circle, including leader Keith Raniere and Smallville actress Allison Mack, were arrested on charges related to sex trafficking.
While many former members spoke out against NXIVM on The Vow, others didn’t. Here’s who’s missing from the documentary and whether they make an appearance into an episode.
Linda Evans is best known for her television roles, including starring on the 1980s hit show Dynasty. Evans was involved in Ramtha, a spiritual program associated with NXIVM. Ramtha is run by JZ Knight, who claims to channel a 35,000-year-old Lemurian warrior named Ramtha & spread his teachings to the world.
Mark Vicente, a filmmaker who appears on The Vow, featured Ramtha in his hit documentary What The Bleep Do We Know!? During Keith Raniere’s trial, he testified about the group’s activities, including a doctor who may have branded NXIVM members.
Investigative journalists like Frank Parlato draw parallels between groups like Ramtha and NXIVM, also concluding that former members of NXIVM like Mark Vicente tend to “cult hop” from groups like Ramtha & NXIVM. Ramtha denies an association with NXIVM, saying they aren’t a cult.
Kristin Kreuk was the NXIVM member who introduced Allison Mack, Keith Raniere’s right-hand woman, to the cult. Kreuk never got as far in as Mack, but distanced herself from the group when she became aware of its activities.
“When I was about 23, I took an Executive Success Programs/NXIVM ‘intensive,’ what I understood to be a self-help/personal growth course that helped me handle my previous shyness, which is why I continued with the program,” she said in a statement about her involvement with NXIVM, elaborating that she hadn’t had contact with NXIVM leaders in five years.
While it would be great to see Kreuk in The Vow, she may not have gone deep enough to reveal too much besides the basics. Like Grace Park, she still enjoys a successful acting career.
Grace Park joined NXIVM in order to overcome her shyness, crucial for an actress who was in the spotlight. Although Park was comfortable in front of a camera, her fame didn’t sit well with her. Therefore, NXIVM, which marketed itself as a female empowerment group, seemed to be a perfect fit for the Hawaii 5.0 star.
However, her involvement in NXIVM was shattered when The New York Times released its expose on NXIVM branding women as part of a sex cult. Grace Park left NXIVM “quietly” after the story broke, which was around the same time she left Hawaii 5.0. She’s doing well today, starring in the television show A Million Little Things.
Vice News reported that Grace Park had a “very significant” role in NXIVM, but no one is sure what that is.
Battlestar Galactica’s Nicki Clyne apparently dedicated her entire life to NXIVM. Clyne allegedly left Battlestar Galactica to devote her time to the cult. Prosecutors also accused Clyne of marrying Allison Mack to stay in the U.S. so she could carry on her job.
Since 2018, Nicki Clyne rarely, if ever, posts on her social media accounts. She hasn’t released a statement about her time or activities with NXIVM. Curiously, while she rose to the inner circle, she was never charged with the illegal activities other inner circle members were.
According to reports, Nicki Clyne is the new head of DOS for NXIVM. Her involvement may be explored in a future episode of The Vow.
While Bronfman is mentioned in The Vow, she deserves a special mention here. The Vow began as a way for former members like Sarah Edmondson to share their experiences while flying under the Seagram heiress’s radar.
Clare Bronfman was an “enforcer” in NXIVM, known for initiating lawsuits against former members who spoke out. Therefore, when former NXIVM members like Edmondson began speaking out, they needed to be sure Bronfman wouldn’t find out.
Clare Bronfman remained loyal to NXIVM, but pled guilty to charges associated with Keith Raniere, including identity theft. She forfeited $6 million and awaits sentencing. Thanks to her plea deal, she will serve no more than twenty-seven months versus the twenty-five years she’d face if she went to trial.