Sep 14, 2018

CONTROVERSIAL ‘CULT’ LEADER CLAIMS HE CAN CHANGE THE WEATHER


JOE ROBERTS@JROBERTSJOURNO
Barcroft TV

TROUBLING allegations have been made against a young ’spiritual leader’ who claims to have powers such as telekinesis and the ability to change the weather



VIDEOGRAPHER / DIRECTOR: MERT BEKEN
PRODUCER: JOE ROBERTS, RUBY COOTE
EDITOR: BETH ANGUS

30-year-old Bentinho Massaro has amassed an impressive following both in real life and online, with 24,000 Instagram followers and almost 300,000 Facebook likes.

But in the past year he has been accused of running an evolved form of cult and his career has been marred by accusations of verbal abuse, sleeping with students, and the suicide of one of his followers.

The Amsterdam-native told Barcroft Media: “I do not consider my group as a cult, if by cult you mean some dysfunctional group of people completely under the spell of a manipulative leader.

“But if you mean cult in terms of a culture, then yes, of course, because anything is a cult. Like politics is a cult. The people that attend a Michael Jackson concert are a cult. The people that talk about aliens are a cult. There are cults all over the place and we accept them all the time.”

Massaro has set up a sleek website for his “Trinfinity Academy” where new followers can access his teachings for free and, according to the banner on the site, “realise their freedom” and “master their life.”

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