A former member of the NXIVM master-slave sex cult came forth about her experience in a court testimony that alleges Dynasty star Catherine Oxenberg's daughter was starved in attempt to help maintain her obedience.
The survivor, referred to as "Nicole," said she bore witness to Smallville actress Allison Mack's treatment of India Oxenberg, who was restricted to a 500 calorie per day diet.
She admitted the process "was just really hard to watch, sometimes, tough on her."
As the New York Post reported, Nicole, 31, said India's "starvation" was used to influence her behavior and decisions on whether she should stay in the cult.
In the first instance, the 31 year ex-member said India, 28, who was also nicknamed "The Princess" was food deprived to make her, nicknamed "The Brat," behave. In the latter example, she was told India's lack of eating was a result of her desire to return home.
The first thing Allison said is "Look what this is doing to India, she hasn't eaten since she got your email,"' Nicole said. According to her, India then responded, "Well, that's not entirely true."
As Nicole testified, she joined the sex-cult named DOS or The Vow under the pretense that it was a women-empowerment group.
Back in February 2016, she met with Mack, 36, at The Ace Hotel in Manhattan and confided in her about emotional and career troubles. She'd previously known her from "The Source," an acting class she'd taken that was developed by Keith Raniere, 58, and led by Mack, the Courthouse News reported.
At the time, she had begun to view the idolization of Raniere as "just bulls***t," but was unaware that he led the group Mack encouraged her to join.
During her testimony, Nicole shared that she was forced to forge false statements detailing sexual abuse at the hands of her father and other men in her life. Her doubts grew following the allocation of three assignments.
The first task was to refrain from sexual intercourse with her her on-again, off-again boyfriend, Canadian actor Mark Hildreth.
She was also ordered to "reach out to" Raniere via Facebook, and "failed" at the final task, which was to practice celibacy for three months, after giving a "cute boy" her number.
When she began second guessing her decision to join the group, Mack informed her there was no way out.
"You can't go back, it's not an option. Like an arranged marriage," Nicole said Mack wrote to her in an email.
Nicole is expected to continue her testimony on the stands.
Mack has pleaded guilty to racketeering and racketeering conspiracy charges stemming from her role in DOS, and Raniere has pleaded not guilty to counts of racketeering, sex trafficking, forced labor and conspiracy.