Mack could face between 14 and 17.5 years in prison, prosecutors have said in a court file, citing sentencing guidelines, but they have asked U.S. District Judge Nicholas Garaufis to reduce Mack’s sentence. because of the “substantial help” she gave to the government in investigating and prosecuting others. Mack has been under house arrest at his parents’ home for three years since his arrest.
Nxivm was a business in Albany, New York, which offered “self-help” courses. But prosecutors said that within the organization, a secretive women-only group was formed, which eventually led some women to be branded with the initials of Raniere and Mack and forced to regularly provide compromising information. , including nude photos, to group leaders.
The group, known as DOS, involved several women known as “frontline masters,” who reported directly to Raniere and recruited other women as slaves, testimonies at the trial said. Unbeknownst to many women, Raniere led the group, and women were sometimes invited to have sex with him and send him nude photographs.
In Mack’s letter, which was submitted as part of the sentencing memorandum filed Friday, she apologized to those she has harmed by her actions.
“I’m sorry for those of you I brought to Nxivm,” Mack wrote. “I’m sorry I ever exposed you to the nefarious and emotionally abusive ploys of a crooked man.”
Mack’s attorneys said in the court file that she “changed her life and devoted herself seriously to rehabilitating, renouncing Keith Raniere and those who supported him, and making amends. “. They asked Garaufis to impose a sentence without jail time.
A woman who left Nxivm and DOS after saying Mack ordered her to have sex with Raniere said she would go to court when Mack was sentenced and that she hopes Garaufis will not give up to Mack a shorter sentence.
They should “ask to be marked”
A week before Mack pleaded guilty, she began cooperating with the government and sharing details of crimes committed and evidence, prosecutors said in their sentencing memo.
“The person should ask to be tagged,” Raniere heard over the audio. “And they should probably say that before they are selected, so it doesn’t look like they’re being coerced.”
Another high ranking DOS member Lauren Salzman, who pleaded guilty to racketeering and racketeering charges, testified that she herself was branded and saw another woman writhing in pain during ceremony.
The need for “responsibility and consequences”
Jessica Joan, an actress who joined Nxivm in 2016 and was eventually recruited by DOS, testified anonymously as “Jay” during Raniere’s trial, but before sentencing, she decided to come out publicly after having had time to process what happened. Now, she says, she wants to take control of the telling of her own story and plans to make a statement in court on Wednesday.
“There has to be responsibility and consequences for his actions,” Joan told CNN. “I think we are all victims of Keith in one way or another. However, she totally had her own choices to make. And I know for a fact that she took pleasure in the evil she was creating. had a lot of things Keith told her to do, but there were a lot of things she did of her own will and desire. ”
Joan said during Raniere’s trial that after she was recruited to join the DOS, she was told that she would have to give monthly “guarantee” items or potentially damaging information, to make sure she would keep the job. secret group. She submitted “sexy or unappealing” photos, as well as secrets regularly “kind of like rent … on the first of every month,” she said.
Joan testified that in 2017, Mack asked her to seduce Raniere and have him take and send a nude photo of her as proof.
Joan, a sexual abuse survivor, was single at the time and said that when she pushed back on the “special mission” Mack told her that having sex with Raniere “would help you get rid of all of them. your trauma related to sexual abuse “.
Joan said in her testimony that she immediately knew she had to walk away from the group, but was terrified of what the group would do with the photos and damaging information she shared with them.
“I was just thinking about all the guarantees they had on me and like, well, what was I going to do? I needed to get out of this situation, and what are they going to do with my warranty? ” she testified.
Joan said she was the first to leave DOS in 2017 and has never been branded. It was a gradual process of leaving the band and Albany, something she details in her next book, “The Untouchable Jessica Joan”. Her latest writing project is a victim impact statement she plans to deliver on Wednesday before Mack’s sentencing.
“I want to tell her my truth. I want to let her know all the pain and suffering she has caused,” Joan said. “There is also an aspect of forgiveness. I can forgive but I don’t forget. I think there has to be personal responsibility on his part. I think the judge will hand down a sentence that will do justice.”
Mack “changed his life”
In the three years since his arrest, Mack worked as a caterer, earned his associate’s degree from a community college in California, and enrolled in a bachelor’s degree program at the University of California at Berkeley, have his lawyers said in the sentencing memorandum.
“None of these things can justify Ms. Mack’s past actions or erase the harm done to victims,” the memo reads. “However, having ultimately been removed from Raniere’s grip by these same procedures and the unwavering support of her family and friends they spawned, Ms. Mack regained the clarity she had lost as a member of Nxivm – the clarity to see beyond Raniere’s lies and manipulation, and to understand the untold damage done by the group of which she was a part. “
Mack’s attorneys describe in a court that laid down her life as a child actor, how she attended her first Nxivm course in 2007 and moved to Albany to immerse herself in the group in 2012. When DOS was formed, Mack “(wrongly) understood DOS to be an organization designed to empower women,” the lawyers said in their memorandum.
Mack’s attorneys said in their case file that for several months after her arrest she remained in denial about the nature of Nxivm, DOS and the intentions of Raniere, to whom she had been devoted for 10 years, but this being confined to his parents. after his arrest for years “probably saved his life by leaving him no choice but to return to his family”.
Mack acknowledges that his cooperation with the government could have been even more substantial had it started earlier, the file says.
In the letter of apology filed before her conviction, Mack wrote that she does not take lightly the responsibility she has for the lives that she has negatively impacted.
“I lied to you, over and over again, in order to protect the illusion that I was so deeply attached to believe,” she wrote.