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TikTok star Miranda Derrick hits out at abuse claims as she breaks silence on Netflix documentary

TikTok star Miranda Derrick hits out at abuse claims as she breaks silence on Netflix documentary

The 'cult member' has branded the Netflix documentary 'one-sided'

US social media sensation Miranda Derrick has been forced to defend her involvement with controversial 'cult' 7M, following the release of Netflix's latest true crime documentary.

Titled Dancing For The Devil, the chilling three-parter - which landed on Netflix last week - tells the story of a group of high-profile TikTok stars who previously became trapped in what many have accused of being a 'cult masquerading as a management company' called 7M Films.

And after being plummeted into the spotlight back in 2019 for their viral dance videos, sisters Melanie and Miranda Wilking were amongst the first stars to be 'signed' to the Los Angeles-based management group.

The pair would soon discover that 7M was being run by elusive owner Robert Shinn, who also served as pastor at the Shekinah Church, which was set up in the years prior.

After some time, however, Melanie began to suspect that there may be something more sinister going on behind the scenes, particularly after she and Miranda were encouraged to cut off all contact with her own family.

This formed part of the group's bizarre concept of 'dying'. Another ex-dancer tells viewers of the show: "Dying to yourself means that whatever you want or whatever you need, you have to ‘die to it’, because whenever you die to something, it’ll come back to life and resurrect."

As a result, Melanie returned home, only for Miranda to remain with the mysterious group.

Melanie Wilking reached out to her sister in a viral video. (Netflix)
Melanie Wilking reached out to her sister in a viral video. (Netflix)

In the years that followed - and as is the focal point of the documentary - former members of the group have since accused Robert of sexual, emotional and financial abuse - which he denies.

The series ends by explaining that Shinn - who declined to appear in the documentary - had denied all allegations made against him and has not faced any formal criminal charges.

Instead, he has filed defamation and libel lawsuits against ex-members, three of whom joined a cross-complaint accusing 'Shinn, his wife, their entities and other affiliated individuals' of 'fraud, forced labor and human trafficking, as well as Robert of sexual battery'.

Others, however, were left wondering where TikTok star Miranda - as well as the other members of 7M - is now, and where her relationship with her estranged family currently stands.

And earlier today - in a shock twist of fate - Miranda, who still remains a member of the group, has spoken out on the matter, branding the Netflix documentary 'one sided'.

Fans were left wondering where Miranda is now. (Instagram/@mirandaderrick)
Fans were left wondering where Miranda is now. (Instagram/@mirandaderrick)

Taking to Instagram, she said: "Hey guys, I hope you’re having a wonderful day! I just wanted to hop on here really quick and first of all, say thank you so much to everybody who’s been so supportive during this time."

Though she claimed she couldn't go into detail 'because of legal purposes', she continued: "I want to start by saying that I appreciate the concern that has been expressed for my well-being.

"I cannot speak for anyone else, but myself. I love my Mom, Dad and Melanie and they will forever be a part of my life. The truth is, we just don't see eye to eye at this time. I believe the documentary is a one-sided story.

"I gave my life to Jesus Christ in 2020 and asked my family for some space in the very beginning to collect my thoughts and process my new walk I wanted to take with God.

"My family don't honor the space I've asked for and I saw a different side of them I've never seen before. Honestly, it made me mad, frustrated and annoyed that they were being so overbearing and chaotic."

Robert Shinn is the founder of Shekinah Church and 7M Films. (Netflix)
Robert Shinn is the founder of Shekinah Church and 7M Films. (Netflix)

Later in her statement, she said of the Netflix doc: "This documentary has created a further challenge between [her and her family] as I work out how to overcome this public attack.

"I would have preferred that my family's circumstances remain private. I am just a woman trying to live my life. I am not a victim, I am not in any harm, I am not being abused. I've never asked my family or anyone else to 'help' me in any way.

"Respectfully, what I choose to do with my life is up to me."

A spokesperson for Miranda, her husband James, 7M and Robert also denied the allegations featured in the Netflix doc, putting the Wilkings’ claims down to a family disagreement.

“Miranda Derrick is a successful businesswoman and a loving wife and daughter who cares very much about her family,” a statement said.

“While the recent portrayals of Dr. Robert Shinn and 7M Films have been wildly offensive and riddled with inaccuracies, those false claims will not deter 7M from supporting Miranda in whichever endeavors she chooses to pursue next.”

Hannah Shinn, Robert's wife, has also shared a statement with Tyla.

Miranda opened up on her relationship with her family. (Instagram/@itsmirandaderrick)
Miranda opened up on her relationship with her family. (Instagram/@itsmirandaderrick)

It reads: "The Netflix docu-series is a slanderous work of fiction, born from a failed extortion attempt, and invented for the sole purpose of gaining fame and fortune.

"Two years ago, Melanie Lee Goldman, Priscylla Leigh aka Elisha Priscylla Leigh and their co-conspirators launched a concerted smear campaign to defame Robert Shinn, his family, and his business associates after Mr. Shinn did not capitulate to Ms. Leigh’s extortion demands.

"Despite sworn statements from co-conspirators that confirm the scheme by Ms. Goldman and Ms. Leigh to disseminate widespread lies, Netflix recklessly provided a global platform to peddle a false narrative that is at the center of ongoing litigation.

"We will continue to pursue all legal remedies available to stop the spread of salacious lies and expect to be fully vindicated in court."

Featured Image Credit: Instagram/@itsmirandaderrick

Topics: TikTok, Netflix, Celebrity, TV And Film