Australian pop band outraged their hit song was used in a documentary about sex cult NXIVM whose leader was jailed for 120 years after recruiting Hollywood star into his harem
- Australian pop band’s song was used in a promotional video for a sex cult
- Documentary showed Sheppard’s track Geronimo was used by NXIVM
- The Brisbane-based band have slammed NXIVM as ‘reprehensible’
Australian pop band Sheppard were outraged to learn one of their hit songs was used in a promotional video for NXIVM after it was shown in a documentary about life inside the sex cult.
The cult, which was founded in New York in 1998 by Keith Raniere, is the focus of a four-part documentary – Seduced: Inside the NXIVM Cult – which is streaming on Stan.
The first episode of the series showed the organisation used Sheppard’s popular track, Geronimo for a promotional video.
Australian pop band Sheppard were outraged to learn one of their hit songs was used in a promotional video for NXIVM after it was shown in a documentary about life inside the sex cult. Pictured: Sheppard perform during the AFL Grand Final in Brisbane this year
The Brisbane band, who performed at the AFL Grand Final this year, are desperately trying to remove their song from the documentary and have slammed NXIVM as ‘reprehensible’.
George Sheppard said Sheppard have instructed management to address the matter urgently, The Courier-Mail reported.
‘We haven’t and would never have allowed our music to be featured by NXIVM in their promotional video, and we were not approached by the documentary to have this unauthorised usage featured in the program,’ he said.
‘It goes without saying that the allegations and charges surrounding the NXIVM cult are reprehensible and in no way would we want our music associated with such an organisation or for it to be implied by the documentary makers that we have approved this usage.’
Raniere was sentenced to 120 years behind bars last month for running the cult from 1998, during which time he sexually enslaved women, branded them and starved them. He maintains he is innocent and ‘misunderstood’.
The cult was formed in New York in 1998 by Keith Raniere. He was last month sentenced to 120 years behind bars
The court heard the 60-year-old recruited 17,000 people to NXIVMl. Fifteen of them spoke at the hearing.
His adherents included Smallville actress Allison Mack and Seagram’s liquor fortune heiress Clare Bronfman.
Both women have pleaded guilty to assisting the conspiracy and are awaiting sentencing.
An investigation into Raniere and the cult was launched in 2017 after some of its former members began to speak out. He was arrested in his Mexican villa in 2018.
His adherents included Smallville actress Allison Mack. She is pictured leaving court in February 2019