India Oxenberg is the daughter of actress Catherine Oxenberg. She was a member of Nxium, a multi-level marketing organization that branded itself as an empowerment training center and was later exposed to be an apparent cult, for several years. Oxenberg and her mother, Catherine, first got involved with Nxium as a duo. Catherine then spent several years trying to pull her daughter out of the organization; this effort culminated in a memoir, which has since been adapted into a film, which will run on Lifetime on September 21. Oxenberg left Nxium in 2018, and is now in a relationship with chef Patrick D’Ignazio.
The film, which is titled Escaping the NXIVM Cult: A Mother’s Fight to Save Her Daughter, is dramatized by other actors and actresses. Catherine explained her decision to take that route in an interview with Variety. She said, “To be quite frank, going through this once was plenty, and I’m so grateful to hand the part over to somebody else. I’m barely recovering from the first time.”
Catherine also said that this movie is told largely from her perspective, not from India’s. India is currently working on her own book, reportedly. Catherine said to Variety,
“I’m very careful to say that this is not her story. She has yet to tell her story. In my book I’m very careful not to trespass on her story at all, and so probably the hardest part for me was reading the parts of the script that tell her side of the story — because I’m very, very sensitive to my daughter having ownership over her perspective. But in order to tell this story in a visual medium, she had to be portrayed — and in moments that no mother wants to see her child, whether it’s the branding ceremony or scenes with Keith. But she did not participate in the telling of this story, and she will be telling the most accurate story from her perspective when the time is right.”
Here’s what you need to know about where India Oxenberg is today, in 2019:
India Oxenberg Left Nxium in 2018 Because of Her Relationship With Chef Patrick D’Ignazio
Oxenberg has given no interviews about her experience as a member of Nxium, and has not spoken to the press since she left Nxium. However, her mother has kept people up to date on where her daughter is, and how she’s doing.
Specifically, Oxenberg left Nxium because she fell in love with Patrick D’Ignazio, a chef at Double Zero, a restaurant in New York City, according to Page Six. A former Nxium publicist told the newspaper, “Patrick said he would not tolerate his girlfriend taking orders from Raniere and being in a sex cult.”
On April 20, 2019, Oxenberg reaffirmed her relationship with a one-year anniversary Instagram tribute, which can be seen above. And though she is active on Facebook, she has no references to her time with Nxium on her social media accounts.
Catherine Oxenberg Said Her Daughter India ‘Wants to Move Forward’
During her press tour in the week leading up to the Lifetime movie release, Catherine stopped by for an interview at Good Morning America, in which she explained why it was a hard decision to move ahead with a film.
“Deciding to make the film actually was a harder decision because my daughter was out of the cult and wants to move forward and doesn’t want the stigma of being associated with NXIVM,” she said. “But the decision was it’s more important to expose these sexual predators and their predatory tactics because they lose power, their playbook is very slim.”
Catherine further said that she’s “really proud” of her daughter, who has since done “a lot of healing.” She noted that “it was a terrible ordeal,” then added that India is now “in a really empowered place.”