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In one shocking text seen by Sun Online, a desperate member writes: “If I suffer, cry or have any adverse reaction to being hit I get hit more.”
New members are later taken by surprise, told to strip naked and then forcibly branded, according to Parlato.
They allegedly have to follow strict 500 to 800 calorie a day diets because leader Raniere prefers skinny women and tells his followers that fat “interferes” with his energy levels.
The controversial leader is also said to have a harem of women who willingly sleep with him, believing that they will “be healed” by having sex with the 57-year-old – who they apparently call “Vanguard”.
“I believe there are currently 70 or 80 women in the cult now – but not all of them have been branded.
“You don’t get branded right away. The branding is done by surprise and without disclosure.
“You are told you are going to get a tiny tattoo and you end up being pinned down, no anesthesia, while a doctor takes a hot iron and slowly brands you with about 50 to 100 strokes of this two inch by two inch brand.
“It looks like a symbol but it is actually Raniere’s initials – KR and the actresses [who The Sun does not name for legal reasons]….
That actress of course is Allison Mack.