Though the movement has as a result revealed the ugly underbelly of Hollywood, and cults that have used women as both pawns and leaders to facilitate sex rings. The most recent exposure has come from Nxvim, a group that was initially penned as a "philosophical movement" that sold self-help courses at ridiculous rates that were geared towards "aspiring millionaires."
Unfortunately Canada is not immune to this situation, in fact the city of Vancouver had a lot to do with Nxivm. It was discovered that there was a 'self-help centre' co-established by actress Sarah Edmondson in Vancouver back in 2009 that was used to offer Nxivm training.
Though the training had nothing to do with slavery or sex, which makes sense as to why Edmondson can be quoted as saying she was "very gung ho about bringing this to Canada, especially to all my actor friends who needed personal development more than anyone." The courses had more to do with helping participants "feel good and discover new things about themselves."
Though eventually the Nxivm group were exposed as a "sex cult" last year, where an ex-publicist for the group named Frank Parlato told the media that the only more active Nxivm community than Albany, New York was none other than Vancouver, Canada.
Nxivm employed several Vancouver born actresses since their rebranding in 2006 after accusations that the group was a cult began to surface in 2003. Including Grace Park who starred in Hawaii Five-O, Kristin Kreuk who appeared in Smallville and Nicki Clyne who acted in Battlestar Galactica. As a result of snagging several famous actresses, Nxivm were able to continue to go forward charging $5,000 for courses while allegedly operating a sex cult under the table.
Since 2006, and more recently in the past two weeks, alarming allegations have surfaced that the group operated as a cult where there were "masters" and "slaves." Women who were apart of the group were allegedly forced to give information such as nude photographs of themselves or otherwise damaging information that could hurt their reputation, to serve as incentive to not disobey the group or leave.
Apart from that there are also allegations that the leader of the group, Keith Raniere forced female "slaves" in the group to have sex with him. With many members of the group being branded with a tattoo that people are speculating seems to be a combination of Keith Raniere and Smallville's Allison Marck's initials.
For the record, my dear friend @MsKristinKreuk was never in the inner circle of #NXIVM. She never recruited sex slaves and has been out since 2013 before shit got weird. She is a lovely person who should not be dragged into this mess. Thank you. #Cult #DOS #freedom #TRUTH https://t.co/9PYiBgDOTe— sarah edmondson (@sarahjedmondson) March 29, 2018
Since the news has hit the mainstream, Kristin Kreuk has released a statement on Twitter detailing her experience and lack thereof a "sex cult" at the time of her membership:
In contrast to Kreuk's statement, the ex publicist Parlato claims that Kreuk was "not a mere fringe player, she was a major integrated person into Nxvim- and was a coach, not just a student." The claim was also backed up by a "coach list" for the program from 2011 that had been leaked.
While the investigation is on going and we won't know of any further details until later, if this situation shows anything to the public, it's that Hollywood most definitely isn't as glamours as we all thought.