Update in Dances With Wolves actor Nathan Chasing Horse’s ‘cult leader’ arrest after police searched his home he shares with wives
DANCES with Wolves actor Nathan Chasing Horse made his first court appearance where he is charged with rape and sexual assault.
The 46-year-old is accused of sexually abusing young Indigenous girls and women and evicting them from his home in Las Vegas, where he allegedly ran a cult.
Chasing Horse appeared in a North Las Vegas Judicial Court, where he was supported by several family members but remanded in custody without bail.
His long hair was tied back as he wore glasses and a blue prison jumpsuit.
His next court appearance is scheduled for February 6.
Chasing Horse’s home, where he is believed to live with his five wives, was searched by police who found memory cards containing video of the alleged assault, guns, 41 pounds of marijuana and psychedelic mushrooms.
At least two women at the home told police Chasing Horse showed his wives a stash of “little white pills,” which he said were “suicide pills,” sometime in 2019 or 2020 before his arrest.
According to the women, they were told that if Chasing Horse died or “law enforcement tries to break up her family,” they would “take a pill to kill themselves.”
A former Chasing Horse wife told police she believed one of the current wives had “followed the instructions” to take the pills and open fire on the officers if they entered the home.
The Native American actor’s arrest comes after months of investigation, police said.
Chasing Horse, who played Smiles a Lot in the Oscar-winning 1990 film Dances With Wolves, was banned from the Fort Peck Reservation by tribal leaders after allegations of human trafficking were leveled at him.
He had also gained a negative reputation among tribes in the United States and Canada.
Prior to the allegations and charges against him, Chasing Horse was well respected and known in the community as the “medicine man” or “holy person”.
But police say he used that reputation “as a tool to sexually assault young girls on numerous occasions,” according to an arrest warrant.
Chasing Horse is also said to have convinced his followers that he could talk to higher beings.
One of his wives was reportedly offered to him as a “gift” when she was just 15, while another girl became a wife after she was 16.
According to court documents, a victim reported an incident in British Columbia to Chasing Horse in September 2018.
The woman said she reached out to the actor for medical advice and after he healed her family member, he encouraged her to join The Circle.
Chasing Horse reportedly told her she was “different and special” and adopted her in a “spiritual way” as a granddaughter.
He reportedly gave her expensive gifts and had three of his wives ask her to call her “grandma.”
Another victim came forward this time in 2015, claiming she was assaulted in 2014, but detectives never got to him and the case was closed.
“Because during the sexual incident [the victim] I didn’t say no, shove, yelled or run away, I stated that I don’t think it can be pursued in court,” the detective said in the report.
The victim claimed she was told to be “grateful” that she was attacked by Chasing Horse.
Las Vegas police have identified at least six victims in the investigation, with one of the claims dating back to the early 2000s.
According to the arrest warrant, some of the alleged victims were only 13 years old.
Chasing Horse’s daughter, Quannah Rose Chasing Horse, has supported some of her father’s accusers, stating that she was raised by her mother and stepfather and had nothing to do with her father except that she had his name.
https://www.the-sun.com/news/7293630/nathan-chasing-horse-court-apperance-update-rape-charge/ Update in Dances With Wolves actor Nathan Chasing Horse’s ‘cult leader’ arrest after police searched his home he shares with wives