Roberts said she didn’t think inflicting pain went against her oath as a medical doctor.
“I think pain and harm are two different things,” she said, according to a transcript provided by the show.
Former members of the NXIVM cult are set to discuss their practices, including the branding of members on a national TV show.
“Dateline” is set to air a two-hour special Feb. 26 at 9 p.m. on NBC about the “sex cult.” The program features interviews with former members and Dr. Danielle Roberts. On the show, Roberts defended branding members of the club.
NXIVM is an American sex cult that engaged in sex trafficking. In 2018, several members were arrested in connection to the cult’s practices. Some members pleaded guilty the following year.
The show also says it will reveal new details about the cult through interviews with a former member and her mother.
"Dateline” also interviewed founder Keith Raniere, and it’s the first time he has talked since his 2018 arrest. The interview was done from prison. He denied being the one behind the branding.
“If you look at my long-term partners, I'm even against tattooing. I don't have tattoos. None of my partners have tattoos. If my partners want to get them, that's up to them,” he said on the show.