HBO’s documentary The Vow follows the downfall of NXIVM, Keith Raniere’s fake self-help cult, nevertheless it additionally raises questions on whether or not NXIVM remains to be operational now. Though the group has sustained extreme injury, due to the revelations about its abuses and its disturbing teachings, it isn’t totally down for the rely.
The precise standing of NXIVM is extra difficult now, given that the majority of its management is at the moment dealing with authorized penalties for the group’s abuses. Their official web site not exists, and an archived model from earlier than it was taken down reads, in half, “It’s with deep unhappiness that we inform you we are suspending all NXIVM/ESP enrollment, curriculum and occasions till additional discover . . . Whereas we’re upset by the interruption of our operations, we imagine it’s warranted by the extraordinary circumstances dealing with the firm at the moment. We proceed to imagine in the worth and significance of our work and sit up for resuming our efforts when these allegations are resolved.”
Simply because NXIVM has ceased to exist in its official kind, although, doesn’t suggest it is gone. A bunch of followers have organized underneath a number of completely different names and, as the Occasions Union reviews, have organized to dance outside the prison the place Raniere is being held in Brooklyn. Below the title “We Are As You” — additionally listed on a website as “We Are The Forgotten Ones” — followers declare that they are there to raise the spirits of all the prisoners and keep away from mentions of NXIVM altogether, however somebody referred to as “Kay Rose” in specific. There is no inmate there by that title, however there’s one which shares these initials: Raniere.
“It is a cowl motion for Keith Raniere — it is a Trojan Horse,” ex-NXIVM member Mark Vicente instructed the Occasions Union. “Why are all the key figures Raniere loyalists? That is all in tribute to Raniere.” He additionally famous that the dancing group has included a number of high-ranking NXIVM members nonetheless loyal to Raniere, together with Danielle Roberts (the physician who seemingly branded ladies in the DOS “slavery” sub-group), Nicki Clyne (an actress and high-ranking DOS member), and Eduardo Asunsolo (a high-ranking NXIVM member who supported Raniere in court docket). From the seems of issues, though NXIVM itself could not exist, there are nonetheless loyal cult members who will not let go of their chief and his teachings so simply.