“20/20” aired a rerun of their NXIVM broadcast on the West Coast, on Saturday, January 20th (10:00–11:00 p.m. PST), on ABC.
The hour-long report included Sarah Edmondson’s claims that NXIVM is associated with a women’s secret society which she says is manipulative, promoting subservient behavior with slave and master terminology. Edmondson told 20-20 that she and other women were branded during their initiation into that secret society.
Keith Raniere, founder of NXIVM, has publicly stated that the secret society is not part of NXIVM and claimed that he is not associated with it – even though the “brandings” are, in fact, his initials..
The show originally aired Friday night, December 15, 2017 in all ABC markets, coast to coast.
Anchor Elizabeth Vargas interviewed Edmondson, who described the branding procedure, in which she and other women took turns holding each other’s legs while they received their brands with a cauterizing iron. She said she later realized the brands contained Keith Raniere’s initials.
Vargas also interviewed Mark Vicente, a 12-year member; Toni Natalie, a former girlfriend of Raniere’s who knew him before he started NXIVM; Barbara Bouchey, one of Raniere’s many former girlfriends and high ranking member of NXIVM; and others.
“20/20” reported on Hollywood actors who are known NXIVM members, including “Smallville”’s Allison Mack and India Oxenberg, daughter of “Dynasty” actress Catherine Oxenberg.
Vargas interviewed Catherine Oxenberg who offered details of her so far unsuccessful efforts to convince her daughter to leave the group. The hour also explored NXIVM’s litigation tactics against former members and critics.
ABC did not rerun the “20-20” in other markets and basketball was said to be reason. Basketball games were televised live at the time it would have normally aired on the east coast and other markets.
Some have speculated that Saturday’s re-run was the prelude to a follow-show…
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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