Tony Robbins was accused of sexual misconduct by four women in a BuzzFeed article. Now, more women are starting to come forward. Plus, a video of him using racial slurs as has also surfaced.
Keith Raniere is on trial for using his now-defunct self-help empire, NXIVM, to hide an elite sex cult complete with sex trafficking, kidnapping and a tier of slaves. He used his influence and power to pressure his followers into sleeping with him in the guise of helping them heal their sexuality.
Both men have been outed partly because of the influence of the #metoo movement. Especially, Tony Robbins who put light on himself by claiming that #metoo was an excuse for women to become relevant.
The Witches talk about these two men and how they have gotten away with their predatory behavior because people were bullied into silence or threatened by lawyers to stay quiet.
**TRIGGER WARNING – In this podcast, we talk about graphic sexual acts, rape, sexual assault, and other disturbing behavior.**
NXIVM Shownotes and References:
A Forensic Psychiatrist Evaluates ESP by John Hochman, M.D. – https://www.cs.cmu.edu/~dst/NXIVM/esp4.html
NXIVM Wikipedia Entry – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NXIVM
A Critical Analysis of the Executive Success Programs, Inc. by Paul Martin, Ph.D. – https://www.cs.cmu.edu/~dst/NXIVM/esp10.html
Robert Jay Lifton’s Eight Criteria of Thought Reform as Applied to the Executive Success Programs by Paul Martin, Ph.D. – https://www.cs.cmu.edu/~dst/NXIVM/esp11.html
NXIVM Branding Was Scripted by Sex Cult Leader to Be “Like a Sacrifice” (The New York Times) – https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/26/nyregion/nxivm-cult-trial-branding.html
In NXIVM Trial, a Woman Lured Into Sex with Cult Leader Describes His Harem (The New York Times) – https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/23/nyregion/nxivm-cult-trial.html
Life as a NXIVM “Slave”: Branding, Whippings, and Cold Showers (The New York Times) – https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/20/nyregion/nxivm-cult-trial.html
Keith Raniere’s NXIVM Trial: What We’ve Learned So Far (BBC News): https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-48401061
Uncover Podcast from CBC Radio (Start with Season 1, Episode 1) – https://www.cbc.ca/radio/podcasts/current-affairs-information/uncover/
Kieth Raniere Conversations Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMWvfA27XqQFsqQXAFIJnmQ
Tony Robbins Shownotes and References:
Leaked Records Reveal Tony Robbins Berated Abuse Victims, And Former Followers Accuse Him of Sexual Advances (BuzzFeed Pt 1) – https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/janebradley/tony-robbins-self-help-secrets
Four More Women have Accused Tony Robbins of Sexual Misconduct (BuzzFeed Pt 2) – https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/katiejmbaker/four-more-women-accuse-tony-robbins-of-sexual-misconduct
Tony Robbins was Filmed Using Racial Slurs (BuzzFeed Pt 3) – https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/janebradley/tony-robbins-filmed-using-racial-slurs
Creative Planning’s Split with Tony Robbins Was in the Works Well Before Self-Help Guru’s Sexual Misconduct Allegations, says Peter Mallouk (RIABiz.com) – https://riabiz.com/a/2019/5/24/exclusive-creative-plannings-split-with-tony-robbins-was-in-the-works-well-before-self-help-gurus-sexual-misconduct-allegations-says-peter-mallouk
Tony Robbins’ Tweet regarding Statement by Kate Ritasse, Former Assistant – https://twitter.com/TonyRobbins/status/1131331722338029568
Tony Robbins is a Major Jerk (and Other Reasons You Should Follow His Lead) by Michael Schein – https://www.forbes.com/sites/michaelschein/2018/05/03/tony-robbins-is-a-major-jerk-and-other-reasons-you-should-follow-his-lead/#77a5b8267be9
Tony Robbins’ Wikipedia Entry – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tony_Robbins#Early_life
Tony Robbins’ and Nanine McCool at “Unleash Your Power” event re: #MeToo: https://youtu.be/kvkA7fhUKe0
Tony Robbins’ Apology on Facebook re: #MeToo: https://www.facebook.com/TonyRobbins/posts/at-a-recent-unleash-the-power-within-upw-event-in-san-jose-my-comments-failed-to/10156469713679060/
Tony Robbins Apology about Buzzfeed Article: https://youtu.be/KXbpdzh3MJ0
Audio Clips are from CNN and ABC News and were found on YouTube except for the ones that are mentioned above. Links are provided.
Additional Crew for this Episode:
Greensperson – Stephanie Carrell
Head of Plaster – Holly Keefer
Weapons master – Trinity Lynne
Set Designer – Leah Patterson