CBS 60 Minutes Australia - The Empress Strikes Back (1985)

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still from CBS 60 Minutes USA 02m 09s: intro of 60mins Australia.
still 00m 32s.
still 01m 21s.
still 01m 40s.
still 01m 44s.
still 03m 32s.
still 07m 24s.
After Sheela left Rajneeshpuram (14 Sep 1985), Jeff McMullen went to Germany to interview her (date unknown).
Then he went to Rajneeshpuram to interview Osho (14 Oct 1985 pm, The Last Testament (Vol 3) ~ 24). There, he shows two clips of Sheela’s interview on a TV-set, asking Osho’s response.
This TV program shows just clips, the whole interview with Osho is in fact 2 hours.
Information from YouTube (details see below) :
YouTube title: Wild Country cult leaders on building their 'con empire' - 60 Minutes Australia.
But from 60 Minutes USA, the US documentary that is based on this one, it is assumed that the original title must have been The Empress Strikes Back".
Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh accuses Ma Anand Sheela of crimes ranging from attempted murder to the theft of millions, she strikes back with some startling accusations of her own. 'I was the Empress,' she tells Jeff McMullen, 'and I presided over an empire built on a gigantic con. Bhagwan has often said the best thing to sell is something that is intangible. I don't think he was ever interested in the people.'
McMullen traced Sheela to a hideout in Germany, where she fled after her headline-making bust-up with the founder of the Rajneeshees. She denies she was trying to 'escape' and claims she is penniless, despite allegations that she has some $40 million hidden in Swiss banks. Sheela says the thousands of Americans and Australians who joined the cult were virtually begging to be fleeced and Bhagwan accommodated them with all his Rolls Royces. McMullen has taken a copy of the interview to Oregon to show Bhagwan and seek his reaction.
language
English
released
Probably in 1985, shortly after October 14.
length
14:43

credits

none

see also

OshoFilmArchive catalog no : OFA00,059
CBS 60 Minutes USA - Bhagwan and his assistant Sheila have a parting of the ways (1985) - the later made American version

film

sources

YouTube

Link: jni0v3PIPHM
Title: Wild Country cult leaders on building their 'con empire' - 60 Minutes Australia.
But from 60 Minutes USA, the US documentary that is based on this one, it is assumed that the original title must have been The Empress Strikes Back".
Publisher: 60MinutesAustralia, 1.6M subscribers (on 2020-03-07)
Published: Oct 17, 2019, 379,096 views
Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh accuses Ma Anand Sheela of crimes ranging from attempted murder to the theft of millions, she strikes back with some startling accusations of her own. 'I was the Empress,' she tells Jeff McMullen, 'and I presided over an empire built on a gigantic con. Bhagwan has often said the best thing to sell is something that is intangible. I don't think he was ever interested in the people.'
McMullen traced Sheela to a hideout in Germany, where she fled after her headline-making bust-up with the founder of the Rajneeshees. She denies she was trying to 'escape' and claims she is penniless, despite allegations that she has some $40 million hidden in Swiss banks. Sheela says the thousands of Americans and Australians who joined the cult were virtually begging to be fleeced and Bhagwan accommodated them with all his Rolls Royces. McMullen has taken a copy of the interview to Oregon to show Bhagwan and seek his reaction.