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NXIVM sex cult victim India Oxenberg is pictured for first time since sect leader Keith was jailed


NXIVM sex cult victim India Oxenberg was pictured Monday for first time since sect leader Keith Raniere was jailed, and smiled as she made a New York City grocery run with partner Patrick D’Ignazio.

Photos exclusively obtained by DailyMail.com show Oxenberg, 30, wearing dark sunglasses, a scarf and a black puffer jacket while keeping pace with D’Ignazio, who carried a paper Whole Foods shopping bag.

A wedding site listing the couple’s names suggested they married in California in September this year. DailyMail.com has reached out to Oxenberg’s reps for further comment.  

The images offer a glimpse into Oxenberg’s life about 14 months after her sex cult ordeal ended with the conviction of sect leader Keith Raniere.

Raniere, 60, was sentenced to 120 years behind bars in October 2020 for running the cult from 1998, during which time he sexually enslaved women, branded them and starved them.

Oxenberg’s involvement in the cult came to light in 2017, when her mother – Dynasty actress Catherine Oxenberg – revealed in a New York Times interview that her 26-year-old daughter had been initiated into a secret sorority-like group. 

NXIVM sex cult victim India Oxenberg was pictured Monday for first time since sect leader Keith Raniere was jailed, and was smiling as she made a New York City grocery run with partner Patrick D’Ignazio

Catherine Oxenberg described how she had become increasingly concerned for her daughter’s welfare as she looked emaciated from strict dieting and seemed to have changed radically from her former self.

As the story unraveled, it was revealed that Oxenberg was part of a group named NXIVM that was headquartered in Albany, New York, and run by Raniere, a self-proclaimed ‘self help guru’.

During an interview with Good Morning America in October 2020, Oxenberg broke her silence on her time in the cult to describe being ‘raped’ by Raniere, and branded with his initials which she thought were a symbol of the elements.

She said she spent seven years entrenched in the sinister cult after being lured into it under the guise that it offered her self-help and self-growth in 2011.

Instead, she said she was sexually abused by Raniere and cut off from her family, including her mother, who spent years campaigning to expose NXIVM and put Raniere behind bars.

Oxenberg revealed last November that she was engaged to chef D’Ignazio, and  the photos suggested the pair are still going strong.

They laughed and smiled as she carried his coat, and he toted the groceries.

Oxenberg revealed last November that she was engaged to chef D'Ignazio, and the photos suggested the pair are still going strong

Oxenberg revealed last November that she was engaged to chef D’Ignazio, and the photos suggested the pair are still going strong

They laughed and smiled as she carried his coat, and he toted the groceries

They laughed and smiled as she carried his coat, and he toted the groceries

Oxenberg said she stumbled upon her future husband, who works at a New York City pizza restaurant, after she moved from NXIVM’s headquarters in upstate New York.

‘I had just left Albany and I was looking for work. I must have applied to 20 different places. At that point if you Googled me it was ”branded sex slave”, ”Keith Raniere’s sex slave”,’ she said.

‘Nobody wanted to rent me an apartment or hire me. But finally I became a manager of a restaurant in the East Village, and that’s where I met my now-fiancé.

‘I actually have love in my life. I have a wonderful fiancé who’s a chef. He helped me heal my relationship with food and get back in the kitchen which I love.’

Oxenberg said she stumbled upon her future husband, who works at a New York City pizza restaurant, after she moved from NXIVM's headquarters in upstate New York

Oxenberg said she stumbled upon her future husband, who works at a New York City pizza restaurant, after she moved from NXIVM’s headquarters in upstate New York

'He helped me heal my relationship with food and get back in the kitchen which I love,' she said of her partner

‘He helped me heal my relationship with food and get back in the kitchen which I love,’ she said of her partner

Oxenberg, who left the cult in 2018, said her journey back to a normal life has been difficult, but said she was comforted to know D’Ignazio ‘has my back’.

‘I don’t want to sugar-coat it. Healing is complicated and it’s not easy. But it’s so worth it. I feel like I actually have my life back, and I’ve never felt more myself than I do now.

‘It’s helped me so much. I don’t think I realized how much I needed someone to have my back. For a long time I didn’t care enough about myself to treat myself well. You can carry that into your relationships and I didn’t want to do that.’

Raniere, 60, was sentenced to 120 years behind bars in October 2020 for running the cult from 1998, during which time he sexually enslaved women, branded them and starved them

Raniere, 60, was sentenced to 120 years behind bars in October 2020 for running the cult from 1998, during which time he sexually enslaved women, branded them and starved them

Oxenberg spoke during Raniere's sentencing last year, saying she 'may have to spend the rest of my life with Keith Raniere's initials seared into me'

Oxenberg spoke during Raniere’s sentencing last year, saying she ‘may have to spend the rest of my life with Keith Raniere’s initials seared into me’

During Raniere’s sentencing last year, the court had heard how the cult-like group kept women on starvation diets and ordered them to have sex with him.  

It was revealed during the trial that he recruited 17,000 people to NXIVM in total. Fifteen of them spoke during his sentencing hearing, including Oxenberg, who said Raniere treated her like his ‘human science experiment.’ 

She lamented that she ‘may have to spend the rest of my life with Keith Raniere’s initials seared into me.’



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