In 2011, Catherine introduced India, then 19, to NXIVM, believing that the company’s self-help courses would her her daughter start her business and transition into adulthood. Little did she know that the multilevel marketing scheme had also been a funnel for Raniere to recruit women into NXIVM’s sex-slave cult, DOS. Before NXIVM’s legacy went tumbling down, India was branded and indoctrinated into the cult. She had been pressured into maintaining a 500-calorie-a-day diet and into having a sexual relationship with the founder. Smallville actress Allison Mack was her “master.” Catherine fought to get her daughter out of the cult – in 2017, a NXIVM defector reached out to the Dynasty star with concerns about India’s condition.
According to Catherine, India has plans to write a book about her experience in NXIVM, but the details and release date are unknown. “I think it’s important as part of India’s healing process, as part of her reclaiming her sense of autonomy. Feeling empowered as a woman and not as a victim anymore,” Catherine told Access Hollywood in 2019. “She’s been bantered around and exposed so much in the press, largely at my hands, but it was the only recourse I had as far as getting her out.”
India herself hasn’t been in the news since leaving the cult. However, her mother has kept the press in the loop, telling Good Morning America that India had “done a lot of healing” and was now “in a really empowered place.” According to Page Six, she reportedly left NXIVM to be in a relationship with Patrick D’Ignazio, a chef at the Double Zero restaurant in New York City. India announced her engagement on Instagram in October 2019.