The 29-year-old is coming forward with her story in the upcoming STARZ four-part docuseries, “Seduced: Inside the NXIVM Cult.”
In 2015, India was recruited by Mack, 38, to join NXIVM’s master-slave sorority, also known as DOS. It was there where Mack became India’s “master.”
“One of my first commands from Allison was to seduce Keith,” India told People magazine on Friday. “At the time, I believed it was a place I could push against fear and vulnerability. That’s what I was told the assignment was. I wanted to believe Allison.”
According to the outlet, once India joined DOS, Mack demanded what she described as “collateral,” including nude photos and other personal mementos. It was part of a blackmail scheme that was also used on other female members.
India said if she didn’t complete Mack’s demands she didn’t question the punishments, which included cold showers and extreme calorie restriction, among others.
The outlet previously reported India was branded with Raniere’s initials as part of an initiation ceremony. At that time, India and the other women present were told the branding was a “symbol of the elements.”
“I had two women holding my hands and my feet so I wouldn’t convulse,” India told the outlet. “I remember the smell – of flesh. I remember crying but not with pain. There was no choice to say no.”
The outlet noted that by that point, after five years of indoctrination into NXIVM, India had lost her ability to think independently.
“I was coerced and manipulated and believed what I was doing was helping me when I was really just serving Keith,” India admitted.
However, India claimed there was a brief moment in 2018 when Mack may have had doubts.
“She grabbed my hand,” claimed India. “She said, ‘I don’t know if I’m making the right decision. What if I wanted to have children or a husband?’ She started to question her choices. I had never seen her so vulnerable.”
Raniere, the disgraced guru of the self-improvement organization in upstate New York, was convicted last year on charges that he turned some of his followers into sex slaves.
Prosecutors told jurors that the 60-year-old’s organization operated like a cult that won him the devotion of many women, including Mack, as well as Clare Bronfman, heiress to the Seagram’s liquor fortune.