Kristin Kreuk plays fearless lawyer who exposes client who made girls sick; silent about her true life role in sex cult that brands women

[Editor’s note: I am not advocating that Kristin Kreuk speak out against NXIVM. I am not sure she is even out of NXIVM. It might be wise for her to speak out against NXIVM – especially if she believes they are evil. If she thinks they are good, or is neutral, there is no reason for her to speak out. It is true NXIVM used her image and her name/fame to recruit members. Her silence may suggest she is not opposed to NXIVM or she may be afraid to speak. She has said nothing to date against a cult that brands women. That is her prerogative. It is, however, ironic that she is in a TV series that seems to have corollaries to her true life role in NXIVM.]


Burden of Truth is a Canadian drama television series starring Kristin Kreuk. It premiered on CBC on January 10, 2018. Actor Peter Mooney co-stars.

The plot line is: Corporate attorney Joanna Hanley [Kreuk] returns to her hometown in order to represent a large pharmaceutical company against a group of sick girls but starts to see these girls need her help.

She tries to find out what is wrong with them and who caused their illness – despite risking her career and facing danger to courageously expose the wrongdoers.

In the episode, Devil in the Dessert, the plot is described: As threats against her [Kreuk/Joanna] escalate, Joanna hopes that a neuro-psychologist will prove that the girls were poisoned.

Her plot line in real life: Kristin Kreuk represented a cult named NXIVM as a coach, and as a celebrity member, was used by NXIVM to recruit others. The cult is under investigation by the US Dept. of Justice [Eastern District of NY] and has garnered worldwide headlines for its practice of branding women on their pubic area as marked slaves of its cult leader.

Kreuk allegedly left the cult in 2012, shortly before the branding began. But now, NXIVM is trying to destroy the branded and blackmailed women who left. Kreuk has been made aware that the women need help but to date she has remained silent.

Her real life drama might be called ‘Devil of a Vanguard’ [Vanguard is the name the cult leader has his followers call him. His real name is Keith Raniere].

As threats by NXIVM against her old friends escalate, does Kristin hope that somebody else will protect them? And does she hope that perhaps somebody else will prove that her old friends still inside NXIVM were brainwashed?

“Burden of Truth” can be seen on CBC.

Kreuk and Mooney in “Burden of Truth”

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5 years ago

She could be planning a future episode about exposing a cult.

5 years ago

“She who is not against me is for me “

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Frank Parlato is an investigative journalist.

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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