Elizabeth Smart reportedly tried to save Catherine Oxenberg's daughter from NXIVM sex cult

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Elizabeth Smart reportedly tried to save former 'Dynasty' star Catherine Oxenberg's daughter from the NXIVM sex cult.  (AP/Reuters)

Famed kidnapping survivor Elizabeth Smart tried to save actress Catherine Oxenberg’s daughter from the Nxivm sex-slave cult, according to a new report.

Smart wrote a “wonderful, heartfelt” letter to India — “but India never responded,” she writes.

“She was showing signs of becoming secretive, distracted, and unreliable — showing up late for appointments or not helping out at home when she’d promised she would,” she writes in the memoir, per Radar.

Within a few years, she had gone from being a “gentle, mild-mannered” daughter to an “Energizer Bunny missionary,” she writes.

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July 28, 2018

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  • Best and worst moments from Grammy Awards 2019

    Best and worst moments from Grammy Awards 2019

    sion.</p><p>Still, the Big Apple was represented by New York’s own Alicia Keys helming the festivities as the first female host in 14 years.</p><p>And the big winner was country-pop star Kacey Musgraves, who brought home four gramophones, including Album of the Year for “Golden Hour.”</p><p>From moving acceptance speeches to rousing live sets, here are the best and worst moments of the night.</p><p>Just seeing Michelle Obama, Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, Jada Pinkett Smith taking the stage with host Alicia Keys, looking both beautiful and badass, was the early OMG moment that had us all screaming at the screen. I mean, is the former first lady — getting the biggest round of applause of all — a rock star or what? Taking a cue from Beyoncé, Keys asked, “Who runs the world?” Girls, no doubt.</p><p>Ricky Martin burning up the Grammy stage in 1999 with “The Cup of Life” was one of the all-time best Grammy moments. So it was great to see the mustachioed bon-bon shaker, resplendent in white, bringing some heat to Sunday&#8217;s star-studded Grammy opener featuring Camila Cabello singing — and dancing to — &#8220;Havana&#8221; with Young Thug, J Balvin and Arturo Sandoval. With recent Latin music mega-hits such as “Despacito” and Cardi B’s “I Like It,” it was cool to see the Grammys honoring Martin as one the pioneering artists for the genre that he was.</p><p>While accepting the Best Pop/Duo Group Performance trophy for her and Bradley Cooper — who was across the pond at the BAFTAs — a teary Lady Gaga took the chance to address the mental health issues at the heart of Jackson Maine’s story in “A Star Is Born.” She very poignantly pointed out that mental heath issues are even more pervasive within the music industry. “If you see somebody that’s hurting, don’t look away,” she said. Gaga took that award for “Shallow” and turned it into something really deep.</p><p>The connection between Post Malone and the Chili Peppers makes sense: RHCP were one of the first white acts to incorporate hip-hop back in the day, when Anthony Kiedis rapped much more than he sang. But while the Grammys are known for their memorable cross-generational and cross-genre collaborations, this one fell flat. After Post Malone did his “Rockstar” and “Stay,” it ended with the Chili Peppers doing their “Dark Necessity,” a single off of 2016’s “The Getaway” that is no “Give It Away.” But damn, that Kiedis still looks good shirtless.</p><p>For sheer all-around performance, it was hard to beat Janelle Monae giving us all the feels with “Make Me Feel.” Looking like a queer-positive Catwoman in her black latex getup, the singer, who came out as pansexual last year, led an all-girl gang as she showcased her skills as a singer, instrumentalist and dancer while channeling her idol Prince — especially when she began writhing and humping on the floor in girl-on-girl ecstasy.</p><p>As the dramatic piano set the stage for Cardi B’s Grammy debut, the anticipation was on fleek. And when she arrived looking every bit the hip-hop sexy symbol that she is, we were all ready to worship the new queen of the rap game. But in a curious move, she performed the entirety of “Money” — a single that wasn’t even included on her Grammy-nominated debut “Invasion of Privacy” — instead of her monster smash “I Like It,” “Be Careful” or any of the other singles that earned her this Grammy moment.</p><p>It’s not easy to get up on the Grammy stage and, about three hours into the show, sell a song that most of the people watching having never heard. But that’s exactly what veteran singer-songwriter Carlile did when she performed “The Joke,” nominated for both Record and Song of the Year. No bells or whistles necessary, this was the kind of pure artistry that brought home what the Grammys are supposed to be all about. A real musician’s musician moment.</p><p>Sorry, but Jennifer Lopez is not exactly who you think of when Motown comes to mind. And with so many legends of the label still alive, it’s hard to understand why Grammy producers would pick J.Lo to salute Motown for its 60th anniversary. It felt like even more of a slap in the face after Diana Ross had taken the stage earlier. But there Lopez was, putting her Vegas-schmaltz spin on everything from “Dancing in the Streets” and “Please Mr. Postman’ to “ABC” and “Square Biz.” (Teena Marie must have been cringing up in heaven.) It was a tribute only Alex Rodriguez could love.</p><p> News Corp. is a network of leading companies in the world of diversified media, news, and information services. </p>

    1 February 11, 2019

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