A member of the NXIVM sex cult, whose leader Keith Raniere was arrested in Mexico last month, had attempted to recruit new members right here in Williamsburg according to PageSix. The cult has been in the news recently as allegations of sex slavery, forced branding, and the involvement of Smallville actresses has come to light. A NXIVM member recruited artists and writers to what was billed as a chill Williamsburg party, but ended up as a sales pitch for the cult. From PageSix:
A flyer for the event at a private home in Williamsburg billed it as “an evening of meeting cool, like-minded artists and chatting about life, authenticity, and the awesome human potential,” also vaguely referring to an unexplained “human expression program.”
But, once at the party, guests were shocked to be pitched a $10,000 “curriculum” called “the Source,” a supposed “life-improvement” program for actors and artists. One partygoer said the bash had started off fine — there had been no sign of sex, slaves or scalding irons — but things turned weird when the opening wine-and-cheese reception turned into a presentation pitch for the Source. The pitch sent some giggling guests inching toward the door, while others seemed to take it seriously. Of the friend who invited her to the soiree, the partygoer added, “She’s a nice girl, but now I’m kind of mad at her for trying to induct me into her sex cult.”
I can’t decide if I’m happy or offended that I’ve never had a friend attempt to induct me into a sex cult. Read more at PageSix.