Allison Mack, a television actress well known for her role in a Superman spinoff series “Smallville”, was sentenced to three years in prison for recruiting women for a spiritual cult, NXIVM.
Mack appeared in Brooklyn Federal Court on Wednesday, where she was charged with sex trafficking, sex trafficking conspiracy and forced labor conspiracy, to which she pleaded guilty in April 2019, following her arrest in 2018. .
She was expected to seek credit for cooperating in the case against NXIVM chief Keith Raniere.
He was sentenced to 120 years in prison last year for sex trafficking and for humiliating and abusing women who have become “slaves” to him.
Ms Mack wrote in her apology to the victims of NXIVM that it was “the biggest mistake and the biggest regret of my life”.
“I’m sorry for those of you that I brought into NXIVM,” the former actress wrote. “I’m sorry to have already exposed you to the nefarious and emotionally abusive ploys of a crooked man.”
Mack apologized in tears in court
Allison Mack, who was sentenced to three years in prison for her role in the NXIVM sect, tearfully apologized to her victims and family in court, calling her actions “abusive, heinous and illegal.” .
She admitted in her guilty plea before the hearing that she coerced two anonymous women into working for the group by threatening to disclose damaging information about them.
Sect leaders, including Ms Mack, are said to have kept the women starved, branded them with initials, and in some cases ordered them to have sex with the now-imprisoned leader Raniere.
Her attorneys had asked that the “Smallville” actress not be sentenced to jail, but instead was sentenced to three years in prison.
Reuters additional reports.
Gino SpocchiaJune 30, 2021 6:10 PM
Allison Mack sentenced to three years in prison
Allison Mack was sentenced to three years in prison for her role in the sex sect, a judge in Brooklyn ruled on Wednesday.
The independent‘s Clémence Michallon has more here:
David TaurusJune 30, 2021 5:42 PM
Allison Mack was once known as Chloe Sullivan on Small town.
It is believed that she got involved with NXIVM in 2006.
Mack can be seen in the HBO documentary The wish meets Keith Raniere for the first time in a volleyball game.
Learn more about this encounter and the actor’s journey in the story below:
Clemence MichallonJune 30, 2021 5:31 PM
What is NXIVM?
NXIVM (pronounced “Nex-E-Um”) had been operating for nearly two decades as a support group for Hollywood actors and the wealthy before it was discovered as a cult that physically and emotionally abused women.
The victims were called “slaves” by NXIVM chief Keith Raniere, who led the group until his arrest in 2018, when it was revealed.
While known as “The Vanguard” within NXIVM, Allison Mack was said to have been a “master” who encouraged women to join the group, which she described as a women’s empowerment initiative. .
In interviews with survivors, it was revealed that the women had been asked to hand over compromising material to Raniere so that he could blackmail them into belonging to the sex group or cult.
In addition to the sexual acts, the victims of NXIVM were humiliated, isolated and branded with Raniere’s initials, it is alleged.
He was sentenced to 120 years in prison last year. Ms Mack, meanwhile, has cooperated with federal investigators and says she is being reformed. She also pleaded guilty before sentencing.
Gino SpocchiaJune 30, 2021 5:03 PM
The judge will “do justice”. said victim of NXIVM
Jessica Joan, an actress who joined NXIVM, said that while there was “an aspect of forgiveness” to Allison Mack for her role in the sex cult, there was a need for “responsibility on her part.”
“I want to tell her my truth. I want to let her know all the pain and suffering she has caused,” Ms. Joan told CNN. “I believe the judge will hand down a sentence that will do justice.”
Gino SpocchiaJune 30, 2021 4:40 PM
Victim speaking at sentencing hearing
A woman who left NXVIM after she was allegedly asked to have sex with the head of the organization, Keith Raniere, said she would go to court when Ms Mack was sentenced.
The woman, CNN reported, said she hoped Ms Mack would not be given a reduced sentence by the judge.
Gino SpocchiaJune 30, 2021 4:29 PM
Ex-NXIVM member arrives in court
The 38-year-old was pictured entering Brooklyn federal court where she will be sentenced Wednesday for her role in the sex cult NXIVM.
U.S. District Judge Nicholas Garaufis is expected to hand down the sentence, which Ms. Mack’s lawyers say should avoid jail. Federal prosecutors, meanwhile, agree his sentence should be reduced in recognition of his cooperation in the case.
She faces charges of sex trafficking and manipulating women into joining the NXIVM, where they were forced to be “slaves” to its jailed leader, Keith Raniere.
Gino SpocchiaJune 30, 2021 3:45 PM
Mack’s lawyers oppose jail time
“She cannot undo what has been done, and she will have to live with regret for the rest of her life,” Allison Mack’s lawyers wrote in a memo, in which they appealed that she avoids prison.
They continued, “Ms. Mack still has the potential to be of service to society – as a family member, as a friend, as a helper to those in need and as an uplifting story. “
The star of the television series “Smallville” allegedly forced women to hand over compromising material as a form of blackmail to members to conform to the NXIVM sex cult, led by Keith Raniere, as Reuters reported.
Federal prosecutors have not asked for a specific sentence, but said it should be less than the 14 years required by federal guidelines in light of his “substantial help” in the investigation of NXIVM and Raniere.
Ms. Mack pleaded guilty.
Gino SpocchiaJune 30, 2021 3:37 PM
In a letter of apology, Mack speaks of “crushing shame”
The actress and star of the Superman spinoff series “Smallville” issued a series of apologies before her sentencing, in which she spoke of “crushing shame” for her role in the cult of sex, NXIVM.
She told the judge, who her attorneys asked to consider giving the 38-year-old no jail time, that she was “sorry for those of you that I brought into NXIVM.” I’m sorry to have already exposed you to the nefarious and emotionally abusive ploys of a crooked man. I’m sorry I encouraged you to use your resources to participate in something that was ultimately so ugly ”.
“I also want to apologize to all the friends and relatives that I hurt throughout this process who were not involved in NXIVM. I know many of you fought to show me the truth about NXIVM and Keith, but I didn’t listen, ”Ms. Mack added.
“Please know that I am dedicated to spending my life working to mend the hearts I have broken and to continue to transform myself into a more loving and compassionate woman.”
Gino SpocchiaJune 30, 2021 3:10 PM
Mack “dehumanized people”, according to victim before conviction
Another victim of NXIVM, and its founder Keith Raniere, was interviewed by ABC News’ “Good Morning America” prior to the conviction of Allison Mack, who was a so-called “master” of the cult.
India Oxenberg, a survivor of the group, said of Ms Mack: “Her worst quality is just the fact that she treated people..she dehumanized people, she was inhuman and it’s hard to return “.
Ms Oxenberg said she was encouraged to join NXIVM, which has been described by Ms Mack as a women’s empowerment group. She belonged to the group for seven years, until its disbandment after Raniere’s arrest in 2018.
Gino SpocchiaJune 30, 2021 2:50 PM