From a Smallville actress turned alleged top recruiter to heiresses and billionaires, the cult Nxivm has cycled through a host of famous and influential followers.
Formerly known as Executive Success Programs, Nxivm is the brainchild of Keith Raniere, who was just arrested in Mexico on sex trafficking charges. As The Daily Beast previously reported, Raniere has been accused of creating DOS, a "sorority" in which female "masters" recruited "slaves" who were reportedly branded with Raniere's initials and, according to FBI official William Sweeney, "considered [Raniere's] sex slaves."
Sweeney continued, "He allegedly participated in horrifying acts of branding and burning them, with the cooperation of other women operating within this unorthodox pyramid scheme."
According to the AP, "Investigators said Raniere preferred exceptionally thin women, so 'slaves' had to stick to very low-calorie diets and document every food they ate. As punishment for not following orders, women were forced to attend classes where they were 'forced to wear fake cow udders over their breasts while people called them derogatory names,' or threatened with being put in cages."