Allison Mack is expected to be sentenced Wednesday for her involvement in the NXIVM sex cult.
Sentencing has been a long time coming, as the former “Smallville” actress pleaded guilty to racketeering and conspiracy charges in April 2019.
Not only has she pleaded guilty, but the 38-year-old has also cooperated somewhat with authorities, previously providing the government with audio recordings of NXIVM leader Keith Raniere discussing a “tagging” ritual performed on the site. his victims whom he prepared as “slaves”. . “
Through its cooperation, the government asked the Eastern District of New York to “impose a penalty below the range of advisory guidelines otherwise applicable”. The range of advisory guidelines applicable for his crimes is 168 months (14 years) to 210 months (17.5 years) behind bars.
ALLISON MACK CALLS NXIVM LEADER KEITH RANIERE ‘TWISTED’ IN PRE-SENTENCING LETTER
Before the former actress’s conviction, here are a few things to know:
What is NXIVM?
NXIVM was a company that purported to offer self-help and professional development services and seminars, but was widely described as a cult, which saw leader Keith Raniere grooming young women as “slaves” under a ” Dominus Obsequious Sororium ”or“ DOS ”sub-company.
ALLISON MACK PROVIDED THE GOVERNMENT AUDIO RECORDING OF NXIVM LEADER KEITH RANIERE DISCUSSING THE ‘MARKING’ RITUAL
According to the audio provided by Mack to the government, Raniere would enforce a “marking ceremony”, in which the victims “were marked with a symbol which, unbeknownst to them, represented Raniere’s own initials.”
How did she get involved?
According to the New York Times, Mack turned to NXIVM when she became unhappy with her acting career.
The media outlet reports that Mack was among those responsible for recruiting new members, making him a sort of “master” for those she recruited. The actress told The Times in 2018 that she was behind the idea of tagging rookies.
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Actress Catherine Oxenberg’s daughter, India, claimed last year that Mack asked her to “seduce” Raniere and forced her to hand over nude photos as “collateral” as part of a blackmail plan. India has said if she doesn’t follow through on Mack’s requests, she could be punished with cold showers, extreme calorie restriction and more.
What charges is she facing and how long could she be in jail?
Mack was arrested in 2018 and released days later on $ 5 million bail and placed under house arrest. At the time, it was determined that she faced 15 years in life.
Since then, she has pleaded guilty to racketeering and conspiracy charges.
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However, after cooperating with the authorities, the government recommended that she spend less time than the standard length of time in prison for her crimes, which is between 14 and 17 years.
Raniere was sentenced to 120 years in prison.
What did she say about her involvement?
Since pleading guilty, Mack has remained relatively silent about her involvement in the case and the upcoming conviction.
However, in a letter filed in court just days ago, she said she was “so sorry” for the pain she had caused and admitted that following Raniere was “the biggest mistake and the most great regret of my life “.
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“I’m sorry for those of you I brought to Nxivm. I’m sorry to have already exposed you to the nefarious and emotionally abusive schemes of a crooked man,” she wrote in part. “… The list of those harmed by the collateral damage of my destructive choices continues to grow as I become more aware of how my choices have affected those around me. survived this process alive and having quit when I was. “