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PICTURED: Pastor of ‘cult’ where TikTok star’s family say she is being held against her will

The pastor of a church that is now described as controlling a religious cult Tik Tok stars is pictured for the first time since the explosive claims.

Robert I. Shinn is the founder of 7M films and is also a pastor of Shekinah Church in California. He has gained newfound fame after the family of one of his biggest TikTok stars, Miranda Derrick, claimed he was keeping them against their will in a religious sect.

Miranda and her husband James are apparently living in it Los Angeles together though it remains unclear exactly where.

They spend much of their time in the 7M house, along with the other dancers in the group, filming TikTok content for Shinn and his son, Isaiah, who works as a director.

Last month, Miranda’s family posted a tearful Instagram video online, saying they had not heard from her since January 2021. She claimed she was brainwashed by Shinn and her husband, along with other 7M dancers, and that her life was in danger.

Miranda has since released a video claiming she is safe, well and part of 7M of her own free will. She said she was not part of a cult, and that she just did not want a relationship with her family.

Robert I. Shinn is the founder of 7M Films and is also a pastor of Shekinah Church in California. He has just gained notoriety after the family of one of his biggest TikTok stars Miranda Derrick claimed that he was holding them against her will in a religious cult

Miranda and James Derrick insist they are not in a sect and just do not want to talk to their family

Miranda's family posted this tear-jerker video on Instagram in February, claiming she was brainwashed

Miranda and James Derrick insist they are not in a sect and just do not want to talk to their family. Miranda’s family posted this tear-jerker video on Instagram in February, claiming she was brainwashed

Earlier claims against Shinn and the Shekinah Church International, however, raise questions about their story.

Former church member Lydia Chung sued him in 2009, claiming he brainwashed her and had $ 4 million from her.

“It’s a sect. This completely destroys people. You hear about the people who went to Vietnam – going through such trauma, many people can not function like a normal human being – this is what it does.

“I do not want to hurt anyone who goes to real churches,” she said The Daily Beast last week.

A 7M spokeswoman and Shinn told DailyMail.com on Monday: ‘The false and sensational allegations about 7M come directly from a dispute between 7M-represented dancer Miranda Derrick and her estranged family.

‘Despite the demands of her family, Miranda is a successful businesswoman and a loving wife and daughter who cares deeply about her family.

‘It is unfortunate and despicable to try to turn their private family affairs into an outrageous public scandal for clicks and influence.

‘Although the recent portraits of Drs. ‘Robert Shinn and 7M Films have been wildly offensive and full of inaccuracies, will not deter 7M’s false claims to support Miranda in whatever endeavor they choose to pursue.’

Shinn has been accused in the past by former members of the church who say he cheated them out of millions of dollars

Shinn has been accused in the past by former members of the church who say he cheated them out of millions of dollars

Shinn has been accused in the past by former members of the church who say he cheated them out of millions of dollars while “brainwashing” them

Shinn was in high spirits when he left the restaurant with the unknown woman and her friends. He has no comment on the scandal

Shinn was in high spirits when he left the restaurant with the unknown woman and her friends. He has no comment on the scandal

Shinn leaves Joey, an upscale restaurant in Los Angeles, with three unknown women on March 15th

Shinn leaves Joey, an upscale restaurant in Los Angeles, with three unknown women on March 15th

Robert Shinn pictured in Los Angeles on Saturday around the time he was accused of running a sect

Robert Shinn pictured in Los Angeles on Saturday around the time he was accused of running a sect

Shinn is pictured with an unknown woman. He went for an expensive lunch at the Joey restaurant in Woodland Hills

Shinn is pictured with an unknown woman. He went for an expensive lunch at the Joey restaurant in Woodland Hills

This is the house where Shinn presumably lives with his family. It's not the house where the 7M creators film their videos

This is the house where Shinn presumably lives with his family. It’s not the house where the 7M creators film their videos

The headquarters of Shekinah Church International in Tujunga, California. The church has previously been accused of brainwashing people

The headquarters of Shekinah Church International in Tujunga, California. The church has previously been accused of brainwashing people

Isiah Shinn, the son of the pastor, who also works for 7M films as a director

Isiah Shinn, the son of the pastor, who also works for 7M films as a director

Isiah Shinn, the son of the pastor, who also works for 7M films as a director

Isiah Shinn was pictured leaving work in a black BMW. He continues to post on social media despite the scandal

Isiah Shinn was pictured leaving work in a black BMW. He continues to post on social media despite the scandal

Miranda with her husband, left and right, in a video dancing alone. Her family says she was forced to cut her hair short and change the color to blonde

Miranda with her husband, left and right, in a video dancing alone. Her family says she was forced to cut her hair short and change the color to blonde

Miranda with her husband, left and right, in a video dancing alone. Her family says she was forced to cut her hair short and change the color to blonde

Miranda found fame on TikTok with her sister Melanie

Now she is married to James Derrick and no longer talks to her family

Miranda became famous on TikTok with her sister Melanie (left). Now the 25-year-old is married to James Derrick and no longer talks to her family

On Sunday, Miranda and her husband encouraged followers to ask their questions for an ‘only good vibes Q&A on Instagram’.

Shin is also understood to go by the name Israel Shinn. He lives in a $ 2 million house with his son in Hollywood.

In their video, Miranda’s family claimed that the change in her behavior began in 2021, after joining 7M, and that she did not attend her grandfather’s funeral.

‘It’s been hitting us for over a year now. It’s definitely been the hardest year of my life, ‘said her 23-year-old sister Melanie.

The couple gained notoriety while making dance videos together during COVID-19 lockdowns. They often had their parents with them in the clips.

Friends of James also say that his behavior changed due to his involvement with Shekinah.

He insisted that 7M was not religious, and that he and the other dancers were part of a ‘secular, for-profit organization’ run by people who ‘have faith in God’.

He also claims that Miranda’s family does not like him because he is a ‘poor black man from Compton’.

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