While TikTookay star Miranda Derrick’s family insists she is being held captive by a religious cult, the 25-year-old retains on dancing.
Derrick — whose maiden identify is Wilking — constructed a profitable TikTookay dance account along with her sister, Melanie Wilking, underneath the username @wilkngssister till 2021 when the siblings cut up and Miranda signed with 7M administration.
The leisure administration agency was created by former Shekinah Church founder Robert Shinn, who in 2009 was sued by former church member Lydia Chung for allegedly chopping her off from her family, brainwashing her and defrauding her out of property and funds value $3.8 million.
The Wilkings now allege that Miranda is a sufferer of comparable habits. The church is believed by some — together with her family — to be a cult.
According to a earlier report, she has been “brainwashed” by Shinn.
“It’s been haunting us for over a yr now. It’s positively been the toughest yr of my life,” stated Melanie, alongside her family, in an interview with the Times UK. “Miranda is part of a non secular group and she or he’s not allowed to talk to us.”
Her family claims they didn’t even know she married fellow dancer and 7M member James Derrick in 2021.
In addition, they are saying their daughter additionally refused to return to Michigan in January for her grandfather’s funeral. Her mother and father stated they flew out to LA proper after to see Miranda for themselves, saying the daughter that stood in entrance of them was “completely completely different.” They stated it was odd that Derrick would minimize off and block her family, particularly because the sisters have been “connected on the hip.”
People have linked 7M, which is believed to focus on dancers, and the “Seven Mountain Mandate,” a conservative Christian motion accused of in search of to take management of family, faith, training, media, leisure, enterprise and authorities endeavors.
But Shinn’s consultant advised the Times UK that his church and group don’t have anything to do with the motion. In addition, the spokesperson denied claims that Shinn exerts management over others.
“At no time did Dr. Shinn isolate anybody, restrict anybody’s food regimen, pressure anybody to run or management anybody’s checking account,” the consultant stated. “Dr. Shinn doesn’t imagine or encourage the prosperity doctrine.”
However, one skilled urged to the Times that there’s a direct hyperlink between the Shekinah Church and the Seven Mountain Mandate.
“These folks need cash and energy… that’s their agenda,” stated Steven Hassan, a psychological well being counselor with a long time of expertise coping with cults.
Meanwhile, the family has not given up hope about getting Derrick again — one thing she doesn’t assume is an issue to start with. Derrick has slammed her family’s public pleas to go away 7M.
“It is pathetic and contemptible to attempt to flip her personal family issues right into a tawdry public scandal for clicks and clout,” Derrick and her husband stated in a press release after the family posted a tearful message to Instagram on Miranda’s birthday on Feb. 24, 2022.
“We’re residing in concern,” her dad, Dean, stated within the 39-minute replace.
“As a mother, I don’t know if she’s protected,” Kelly stated, crying. “I simply wish to hug her.”
To unknowing social media followers, Derrick appears to be doing OK. On Thursday, she was all smiles in a TikTookay the place she danced along to a sound bite by Dory from “Finding Nemo.” In a put up previous to that, she attended the YouTube Shorts Beauty Fest Brunch in West Hollywood.