Why Mark Hildreth left Vanguard

Mark left but has remained silent as to why.
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Mark Hildreth with former girlfriend Kristin Kreuk.

Sources say:

Mark Hildreth left NXIVM because he was angry and jealous that Keith Raniere was trying to steal his girlfriend, who for her safety we are not naming. For purposes of this article we will call her Cathy.

Mark Hildreth, 39, is an actor with about 100 acting credits in film.

Sometime in the 2000s, Mark became interested in NXIVM and its founder, Mr. Raniere. Mark recruited his then-girlfriend, actress, Kristin Kreuk, into NXIVM. She recruited Allison Mack.

Sometime after joining NXIVM, Kristin and Mark broke up. Kristin left NXIVM but Mark stayed. So did Allison Mack.

Keith and Mark appear together in videos found on YouTube as part of the “Keith Raniere Conversations” series.  On June 19, 2016, Mark wrote on his blog about Vanguard:  “This is my friend. His name is Keith. He has been one of the most gentle, compassionate and helpful friends I have ever known. He has been an incredible friend to me and to many people I know.”

Mark is listed on the website for the Source, an acting coaching program founded by non actor, Vanguard. Mark is listed as “Head Trainer” and “Leader of the 12 week program.” He no longer teaches there. But Mr. Raniere often keeps people who left him on websites about him, as if they still endorse him.

A young, aspiring  actress, Cathy, seemed to have attracted the attention of Allison Mack and Mark Hildreth. Cathy seems to have taken the acting course at the Source. Allison, who is president of the Source, paid or appeared to pay for Cathy to go to V-Week.  Allison appeared to pay for Cathy to come to Albany.

At some point, at least Mark thought, he and Cathy were boyfriend and girlfriend.


Keith Raniere wanted Mark Hildreth’s girlfriend to bring him chocolate.

When Cathy was in Albany, Vanguard seemed to flirt with Cathy. She seem to flirt back. Cathy liked chocolate. Keith wanted to try her brand of chocolate. While many of the other women following Keith were not allowed to eat chocolate, for Keith had them on a special diet, Cathy brought chocolate to Keith.

Mark did not like how Vanguard was behaving, and said in effect, “Keith why are your flirting with my girl? This is not OK.”

The High Rank – the Greens and some Proctors – confronted Mark Hildreth about this. They told him this was his “issue” and he had a “huge ethical breach to heal” with Keith.

Mark said ‘this is fucked’  and broke up with Cathy and quietly left NXIVM. Cathy stayed.

It is believed she gave collateral and joined DOS; Vanguard ejaculated on her – which he teaches is his mark of ownership of a woman.

One source reported that one day an alarmed Lauren Salzman reacted with horror when Cathy’s picture appeared on social media in connection with NXIVM. Lauren reportedly exclaimed: Should Cathy’s picture be seen with members of NXIVM, it could imperil her life and the success of her mission.

The so-called mission, which was widely rumored by ex-DOS members, was that Cathy had been ordered to seduce one of Keith’s enemies [or rather an enemy to his mission to create a more noble civilization] in order for Keith to be able to blackmail him.

Cathy posted this on her social media when she was seemed to be in the midst of being trained by Vanguard.

In Albany, Cathy seemed unhappy. Maybe it was because she was branded with Keith Raniere and Allison Mack’s initials with a white hot iron one inch from her vagina. Maybe it was because she was expected to be his slave. Maybe she was depressed when she realized that the man she gave chocolate to had possession of damaging “collateral” by which he could blackmail her.

Whether she was allowed to eat chocolate after becoming a member of DOS is worthy of further inquiry, although it may be a moot point. Cathy left Albany and moved to New York City.  She has not been seen at Clifton Park or at any event connected with Mr. Raniere for quite some time.

Whether she thinks she would have been better off had she never met Keith Raniere is unclear.

Mark left but has remained silent as to why.

Sources are clear that Mark Hildreth objected to being a cuckold for Keith Raniere, which makes him unfit to be a member of the Society of Protectors.

Mark brought others into the realm of Keith Raniere.

It would be good if he mustered the courage to tell the world why he left.





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  • I heard the Mark Hildreth is a channel for extradimensional beings called “Vorkrols” and he is only 15% in this plane we call “Earth”, whereas the remainder are distributed amongst several other galaxies. I know this is real because my hermit crab telepathically conveyed the story to me just last night.

  • Are you sure he left? for someone who was supposedly used and lost years of his life in this crap he doesn’t seem very upset.

    • He left. 100%. But this report is erroneous on the reasons why. The truth is he could no longer participate in an organization which supported (or didn’t intervene or protect) women from blackmail, manipulation, and degradation. Let’s just say I am a reliable source on this info.


      • Did Mark and Kristin K break up because of NXIVM?
        Or did KK leave NXIVM because of their break up?
        Did KK realize that it was a money making and/or sexual manipulation cult long before Mark did?

        • As far as we know they broke up for regular human reasons. But KK did have some weird experiences with Keith. If you’ve ever heard of the company “One Asian” he apparently wanted her to be the head of it. (She said no and a few yes ago someone else was Rood into doing it). Keith thought KK was amazing. She left and had a great new gig “Beauty and the Beast” and it was a good time for her to distance herself from ESP, and the relationship with Mark didn’t survive the distance (she filmed in Toronto)

          But Mark is for sure not in. And doesn’t feel great that he participated in bringing other people into ESP. He is a good and thoughtful human who at the time thought he was doing the right thing. He knows know that the wool was pulled over his eyes and he is over it.

          • KK IS amazing. She’s gorgeous, a good actress, intelligent, kindhearted, good-natured, moral, conservative, loyal etc. She could be bigger than she is, but she chooses not to be. Yeah, she’s a little stubborn, aloof, and too driven towards establishing her career at the expense of human relationships, but meh, no one is perfect.

            But her good characteristics are why she wouldn’t have been a cum dumpster “conquer” for Vanguard – what a poorly applicable, stupid appellation.

          • Olivia Cheng fronted “One Asian”. It was/is a NXIVM shell company. Kreuk and Hildreth broke up in 2013.

            “But KK did have some weird experiences with Keith”.

            What were these weird experiences? What did her do?

  • By the way, Nik is still Facebook friends with Keith and a number of current NXIVM members (Lauren, Allison, Jens, etc.) as well as alleged NXIVM members who left (including Mark Vicente and Mark Hildreth).

    In fact, a lot of alleged ex-members of NXIVM are still Facebook friends with current ones, so who you going to believe?

  • See Mark, I told you by proxy almost ten years ago the guy was a con artist, a cheat, an impostor. Sometimes people have to see it for themselves to believe it, to feel with empathy what it’s like to have someone you’re attracted to pulled away from you.

    Mark is silent for obvious reasons. VanDouche will come after him like the little pussy he is with Clare’s money and file some bogus criminal complaints. VanDouche is a turd and all of those people who enable him with their bullshit “ethical breach” nonsense are turds by association.

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His work has been cited in hundreds of news outlets, like The New York Times, The Daily Mail, VICE News, CBS News, Fox News, New York Post, New York Daily News, Oxygen, Rolling Stone, People Magazine, The Sun, The Times of London, CBS Inside Edition, among many others in all five continents.

His work to expose and take down NXIVM is featured in books like “Captive” by Catherine Oxenberg, “Scarred” by Sarah Edmonson, “The Program” by Toni Natalie, and “NXIVM. La Secta Que Sedujo al Poder en México” by Juan Alberto Vasquez.

Parlato has been prominently featured on HBO’s docuseries “The Vow” and was the lead investigator and coordinating producer for Investigation Discovery’s “The Lost Women of NXIVM.” Parlato was also credited in the Starz docuseries "Seduced" for saving 'slave' women from being branded and escaping the sex-slave cult known as DOS.

Additionally, Parlato’s coverage of the group OneTaste, starting in 2018, helped spark an FBI investigation, which led to indictments of two of its leaders in 2023.

Parlato appeared on the Nancy Grace Show, Beyond the Headlines with Gretchen Carlson, Dr. Oz, American Greed, Dateline NBC, and NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt, where Parlato conducted the first-ever interview with Keith Raniere after his arrest. This was ironic, as many credit Parlato as one of the primary architects of his arrest and the cratering of the cult he founded.

Parlato is a consulting producer and appears in TNT's The Heiress and the Sex Cult, which premiered on May 22, 2022. Most recently, he consulted and appeared on Tubi's "Branded and Brainwashed: Inside NXIVM," which aired January, 2023.

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