The family of 24 year old TikTok star Miranda Derrick released a video yesterday saying that their daughter has been “taken in by a cult in Los Angeles” after running off with a Black man from Compton with whom she fell in love, MTO News has learned..
Melanie Wilking and her parents, Kelly and Dean Wilking, say that they have not been able to speak to Miranda since January 2021 after she refused to go to her grandfather’s funeral in a now-viral Instagram video.
Melanie and her parents posted a tearful Instagram Live on Friday, claiming that an organization called 7M Films, an offshoot of a Penetecostal sect that believes in something called the Seven Mountain Mandate, is holding Miranda hostage.
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7M Films is not seen as a controversial Christian denomination – for example televangelist Paula White was a 7M devotee.
Miranda responded to her family’s allegations on her Instagram stories on Sunday, claiming that she stopped speaking with her family because they called the cops on her Black then-boyfriend (now-husband) and dance partner James Derrick when she moved in with him, not because she was forbidden from contacting them by 7M Films.
She also wrote, “I can speak for James and our friends who are in 7M that they DO speak to their families (so what you guys have heard about 7M dancers not speaking to their families is a complete lie). It’s just a unique situation with my family…”
Derrick also posted a response on his Instagram stories, saying this all started with “a white beautiful woman moving in with a poor Black man from Compton that the parents did not approve of. I get it!” he continued. “I was renting a room and had no car. I was a divorced man with a son.”
He also said they got married “and joined a management company that helped me to become successful in a matter of months,” referring to 7M Films. He clarified to his followers that 7M “is not a religious non profit organization but a secular for-profit company run by people who have faith in god” and that the organization “manages [his] books and helps with taxes and finances.. It is their job to manage/control our books and schedules.”
Here’s their responses: