Yesterday’s information is tomorrow’s TV present.
A TV collection about NXIVM, the alleged intercourse slavery ring, is reportedly within the works, E! Information has confirmed.
As first reported by The Hollywood Reporter, the present will likely be primarily based on Barry Meier‘s New York Occasions exposé “Inside a Secretive Group The place Ladies Are Branded” and produced by Annapurna Tv. A author has but to be connected and the manufacturing firm is wanting on the venture as “a one-hour fictionalized scripted collection that’s impressed by precise occasions.”
Set to function an govt producers on the present, which has but to discover a community, is Westworld actress Shannon Woodward, together with Annapurna’s Megan Ellison, Sue Naegle and Susan Goldberg.
Right here is Annapurna’s official description of the present: “When ladies be a part of what they’re instructed is a secret sisterhood created to empower them, they discover themselves psychologically enthralled and horrifically sexually enslaved to its chief—and their flesh branded along with his initials.”
The October 2017 article serving because the inspiration for the present uncovered the interior workings of NXIVM, a purported self-help group began by Keith Raniere that was really an alleged intercourse slavery ring. Raniere, who was referred to as “The Vanguard” by his followers, was arrested final month in Mexico on costs of intercourse trafficking.
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In line with the federal prison grievance filed towards him, because the chief of the Albany, N.Y.-based NXIVM since 2003, Raniere “maintained a rotating group of fifteen to twenty ladies with whom he maintains sexual relationships. These ladies will not be permitted to have sexual relationships with anybody however Raniere or to debate with others their relationship with Raniere. Among the Nxivm curriculum included teachings in regards to the want for males to have a number of sexual companions and the necessity for girls to be monogamous.”
The ladies have been additionally submitted to a branding ritual, by which an emblem integrating Raniere’s initials was seared into their pores and skin close to their pubic area, the grievance additional alleged. They have been additionally tasked with errands and made to drop pounds as Raniere most well-liked skinny ladies.
Final week, Smallville actress Allison Mack was arrested for 3 costs (intercourse trafficking, intercourse trafficking conspiracy and compelled labor conspiracy) after accused of being a DOS recruiter between February 2016 and February 2017. On Tuesday, she pleaded not responsible and was launched on a $5 million bond and positioned below home arrest.
The NXIVM web site featured the next assertion in response to the allegations towards Raniere: “We’re presently working with the authorities to exhibit his innocence and true character. We strongly consider the justice system will prevail in bringing the reality to mild. We’re saddened by the stories perpetuated by the media and their obvious disregard for ‘harmless till confirmed responsible,’ but we’ll proceed to honor the identical rules on which our firm was based. It’s throughout the occasions of best adversity that integrity, humanity and compassion are hardest, and wanted most.”