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Rajneeshpuram Controversy #546075

NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Sep 24, 1985
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(Studio) Ma Anand Sheela, defector from Oregon commune of Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, reported claiming cult's leaders were users of psychedelic drugs.
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw

(Portland, OR) Sheela's explanation for fleeing commune for Europe discussed. [SHEELA - claims cult used ecstasy, that Bhagwan threatened suicide if she didn't buy him another Rolls Royce, that her life is possibly in danger.] Bhagwan's accusations against Sheela, currently being investigated by federal authorities, listed. [BHAGWAN - accuses Sheela of stealing funds, possibly drugging others.] [SHEELA - claims love affair with Bhagwan.]
REPORTER: Heidi Schulman

Brokaw, Tom;
Schulman, Heidi

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