Former OneTaste teacher says Netflix lawsuit is an attempt to silence victims

A former OneTaste member says the latest lawsuit trying to stop the release of a Netflix documentary about the Orgasm Meditation group may be nothing more than an attempt to silence its victims, some of whom have accused the company of operating like a religious cult. .

Attorney Paul Nicholas Boylan filed the lawsuit against Netflix and director Sarah Gibson last month on behalf of 14 anonymous plaintiffs they believe will be shown in Orgasm Inc: The Story of OneTaste. The documentary, scheduled for release on November 5, will focus on the group’s approach, which emphasizes the transcendental benefits of extended clitoral stimulation.

But a former OneTaste member who spent several years with the company, including some as a teacher, says the lawsuit is OneTaste’s latest attempt to protect its reputation, and it’s “very personal” with how founder Nicole Didon operates.

“This is about protecting Nicole Didon. Their current offer on this documentary is to shoot the messengers,” the former member told The Daily Beast.

Boylan is seeking a temporary injunction to prevent Netflix from releasing the movie as is, saying it could cause irreparable damage to the reputation of its customers. A hearing is scheduled for Friday in Los Angeles County Superior Court.

“These are classes that involved intimate behaviors and intimate contacts,” Boylan told The Daily Beast. “They have been given a safe space to explore sexuality. They are concerned that nudity can be included in these videos.”

When asked about the former teacher’s claims that the lawsuit is just an attempt to protect OneTaste, Boylan said of his customers, “I don’t think these people are getting paid for OneTaste. I think they come because they already have privacy concerns that they feel will be violated.”

Didon and OneTaste did not respond to requests for comment from The Daily Beast.

Founded in the mid-2000s by Daedone, OneTaste has been accused of inciting its members to like changing the world through orgasmic meditation — as long as they pay exorbitant seminar fees allegedly over $80,000 per session, according to a former member. The organization was briefly darkened after a bomb was deployed Bloomberg An article in 2018, in which some former members claimed OneTaste had “pushed them into sex slavery and five-figure debt”. A related group called the Institute of Om has taken its place, but it looks like OneTaste has been back in recent months with a new website.

The FBI said it was investigating the organization in 2018. The bureau did not respond to multiple requests for comment from The Daily Beast about the status of its investigation.

A former OneTaste teacher who spoke to The Daily Beast – who declined to be named for fear of OneTaste and Daedone’s retaliation – said they believed fully in the company’s mission to “bring the benefits of human contact” through ecstatic meditation to the world until Didon’s prices began to rise. The company eventually grew to $12 million in 2017, according to Bloomberg.

Boylan believes that his clients – who he says are not currently affiliated with OneTaste – simply do not want to be associated with a controversial organization, especially if the footage shows them in hacked sites.

“All these people are afraid,” he says. “Some worry that this could lead to problems when it comes to child custody. Imagine an angry husband or wife seeing you sitting in the crowd and saying that being associated with OneTaste makes you unfit as a parent.”

With the documentary’s premiere date fast approaching, Boylan says he and his clients will go ahead with their lawsuit and seek monetary damages if the court does not issue an interim injunction before the film’s release on Saturday.

Gibson, the director, has previously defended the use of OneTaste material and seminar footage in the film. In an interview with a Netflix-owned publication hill She said it was necessary to show the group’s influence on its many followers.

“All the footage shown in our film was obtained legally by us and much of it was already public and distributed by OneTaste themselves, on Youtube or in previous news reports. No one’s rights were violated by the footage we used,” Gibson said. “When more sensitive shots were included, we used them in moderation and took great care and responsibility for editing and cropping so as not to take advantage of them or make them sexy.”

Netflix declined to comment for this article.

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