Allison Mack, who appeared in television series Small town for a decade, is expected to be sentenced Wednesday for her role in the NXIVM sex cult.
Mack, who was released on $ 5 million bail and under house arrest, will appear in person in Brooklyn federal court at 11 a.m. ET before Judge Garaufis.
Mack, 38, pleaded guilty in April 2019 to racketeering and racketeering conspiracy related to his high-profile role in Keith Raniere’s controversial and cult self-help group, NXIVM, which claimed to provide inspiring executive coaching. Prosecutors accused her of recruiting sex slaves for Raniere through her subgroup, DOS (Dominus Obsequious Sororium), described as an all-female secret society of “masters” and “slaves” in which women were forced into to be sexually submitted to Raniere.
As directed by Raniere, Mack, and other high-ranking DOS masters, the recruits were forced to engage in sexual acts with Raniere, be photographed nude, perform work, and undergo extreme dieting. They were also marked as cattle with a symbol which they later learned to represent Raniere’s initials – an idea proposed by Mack.
According to the prosecution’s sentencing memo, Mack – who initially pleaded not guilty but overthrew – “Have provided substantial assistance to the government”, so they are asking for a sentence “below” the standard range of 168 to 210 months (14 to 17.5 years).
Prosecutors said Mack provided details of crimes committed by Raniere and other DOS grandmasters. She also provided the government with relevant emails, documents and tapes, including a tape that “served as crucial evidence” in Raniere’s trial. Raniere is serving a life sentence for multiple crimes, including sex trafficking, extortion, child sexual content, and forced labor for leading the cult.
Mack’s lawyers are asking that she not spend time in jail because she is already “on a promising path to rehabilitation.” They say that in the three years that she has been under judicial surveillance, she has “turned completely from depravity and trauma to peace, acceptance and remorse.” She has been reunited with her supportive family, is in therapy, and is focused on improving her studies (she graduated with an associate’s degree, with a 4.0 GPA, and is now studying for a BA at the University of California. in Berkeley). She also filed for divorce from Battlestar Galactica actress Nicki Clyne, “whom she married at Raniere’s request” in another “incompressible lack of judgment”.
The defense sentencing memo reads: “Today’s Allison Mack does not recognize the Allison Mack of three years ago.”
Mack, who is best known for her longtime role as the friend of young Superman, Chloe Sullivan, on the WB Smallville, has a number of letters in support of her request for non-imprisonment – and she wrote hers, addressed “to those who have been hurt by my actions”.
In it, she expressed regret for her actions and said that being under house arrest gave her “the opportunity” to “confront the darker parts of myself and come to terms with the pain. that my actions have inflicted on so many people I love “. She said that it is “now of paramount importance” to tell her victims that “from the bottom of my heart I am so sorry. I threw myself into the teachings of [Raniere] with everything I had. I believed, with all my heart, that his mentorship led me to a better, more enlightened version of myself. I dedicated my loyalty, my resources and ultimately my life to him. It was the biggest mistake and the biggest regret of my life. “
She apologized to those she recruited into NXIVM, writing, “I’m sorry for ever exposing you to the infamous and emotionally abusive ploys of a crooked man.” She said at the time that she thought she was “helping” women. She thanked “the court, my family, my therapist, and some amazing friends” for helping her out to the other side.
Mack closed by writing: “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. have taken the time to read this letter. I hope at least offers some peace and closure as this horrible chapter comes to an end. “
Raniere founded NXIVM, which was based in upstate New York, in 1998 – and its expensive empowerment courses attracted Hollywood actors, socialites, and entrepreneurs. Clare Bronfman, heir to the Seagram liquor fortune, was a high-ranking associate like Mack and was also charged with racketeering conspiracy and related crimes. Mack’s Small town Co-star Kristin Kreuk took a “self-help / personal development course that helped me deal with my previous shyness,” but said that “the accusations that I was in the ‘inner circle’ or that I recruited women as “sex slaves” are totally bogus. “
India Oxenberg, the daughter of Dynasty Catherine Oxenberg, a former student of the sect, claimed that Raniere had starved her to look like a 12-year-old girl and “raped” her. India, who described herself as “a branded and brainwashed sex slave,” said she was “afraid” of “Master Mack.
This cult has been the subject of films, including docuseries The wish and Seduced: inside the cult NXIVM. The podcaAlso discover devoted a season to NXIVM.
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