Page Six names India’s boyfriend who helped her leave NXIVM

Catherine & India Oxenberg

One of America’s top columnists, Richard Johnson, has published anintriguing new article on India Oxenberg, reporting that India Oxenberg left NXIVM because she “fell in love”.

Richard Johnson is more than a reporter at the New York Post — he is a celebrity journalist  – and one of America’s favorites in that broad and imprecise field called gossip journalism.

That India left NXIVM for love is not news to Frank Report readers.

On August 7, 2018, Frank Report broke the news that “India Oxenberg left NXIVM” and offered that one of the reasons I believed she left was that her new boyfriend wanted her to quit the cult that brands and blackmails women – including her.

The reasons I gave for India leaving were:

  1. Her mother’s [tough] love was certainly a key to everything.
  2. Her grandmother, Princess Elizabeth of Yugoslavia – who diplomatically kept the family relationship alive – despite an abhorrence to the NXIVM cult and her granddaughter’s role in it.
  3. The cult imploding – and so there was virtually no cult to be a member of.
  4. Finding a boyfriend – Patrick – whose fine character inclined him to persuade India to veer away from being in a sex cult – if she wanted to be his girlfriend – and not take the fall for Keith Raniere and others of the benighted leadership of NXIVM – something they would be pleased to have her do for them.
  5. Contact with people other than NXIVM members.
  6. The chance at being indicted and hauled off to prison for people who did not really care about her.

“Of all the influences,” I wrote then, “perhaps it was love – her boyfriend – who had the most impact.”

In writing his recent Page Six story, Johnson spoke with at least one source at Plantmade, the East Village vegan restaurant where India worked.

Johnson wrote that, “India has reportedly fallen for Patrick D’Ignazio, the handsome young chef at Double Zero, Matthew Kenney’s restaurant on Second Avenue.

“Frank Parlato, the former Nxivm publicist who worked for years to expose the cult, reported [back in August]: Patrick said he would not tolerate his girlfriend taking orders from Raniere and being in a sex cult.”

Johnson reported that Patrick and India took a vacation in Italy and are on their way to go live at Catherine’s home in Malibu.


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  • We should all be celebrating India has left the cult. Let the prosecution decide who will be indicted, I think they have done a good job so far. Anytime one of Vanguards slaves comes to her senses, we should be happy for them.

  • That is what I’ve been saying all along. I’m glad India got out of the cult, but if she engaged in criminal activity (co-conspirator #2), then she needs to face the legal consequences

  • I recall that Catherine wanted to protect India’s private life as she was re-entering society. Page 6 is a scumrag, but what reason is there for re-publishing her boyfriend’s name?

  • India would never have had an opportunity to meet Patrick, let alone fall in love with him, if Raniere weren’t locked behind bars!

  • She made a lifetime commitment – A Vow. Based on that she was given access to unlimited benefits. So she betrayed us. Just as if a wife betrayed her husband. You make a Vow you keep it. India failed. She is a dark one. So don’t praise her here.

  • Pea on You, Has just stated how ethics, submissions and values work NEXIVM, describing how India “has betrayed all” NIXIVM. They don’t allow to have friends, fall in love or else, if you don’t have their permissions, otherwise “you are a suppressor”, “you have an issue”, you need an IEM to re wash NEXIVM values.

    • Thats just like Scientology. Has Vanguad just taken Scientology spiced it up then given participants a Non Disclosure agreement so they do not talk to anyone and discover what he is doing? Tricky Tricky . A IEM to re Wash? Doe that mean reprogram with hypnosis/NLP which is the same?

  • I got Catherine’s book yesterday and I’m about half way through. I hate to say it but it doesn’t paint India in a great light. Catherine has to constantly remind the reader how empathetic and kind India was BEFORE joining, but isn’t that kind of the story with a lot of these women?

About the Author

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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