Friday, January 21

Smallville Actress Allison Mack Sentenced To Three Years For Her Role In Nxivm Cult | US News


Television actress Allison Mack, who played a key role in the scandal-ridden cult group Nxivm, was sentenced to three years in prison Wednesday on charges of manipulating women into sexual “slaves” for the group’s spiritual leader. .

Mack, best known for her role as a young friend of Superman on the series Smallville, had previously pleaded guilty to the charges and was expected to seek credit for cooperating against Nxivm leader Keith Raniere and taking responsibility for helping him out. create a secret. society of brainwashed women who were marked with their initials.

At his sentencing in federal court in Brooklyn, Mack resigned Raniere.

“I made decisions that I will regret forever,” she said, also telling the judge that she was filled with “remorse and guilt.”

Devoting himself to the self-improvement guru “was the biggest mistake and the biggest regret of my life,” he had written in a letter filed in court last week.

“I am sorry for those of you that I brought to Nxivm,” he wrote. “I’m sorry I ever exposed you to the nefarious and emotionally abusive schemes of a twisted man.”

He reiterated his apologies to the victims in court on Wednesday: “From the bottom of my heart and soul, I am sorry.”

Under advisory sentencing guidelines, Mack would face between 14 and 17 1/2 years behind bars, but his defense team argued in court documents that probation or a home confinement sentence is more appropriate. Prosecutors had agreed that any prison sentence should be below the range of the guidelines because of their cooperation.

“The Nxivm saga and the story of Ms. Mack’s descent have been a tragedy for everyone involved. But that does not have to be, and should not be, the end of the Allison Mack story, ”her attorneys wrote in court documents.

The 38-year-old Mack was once part of Raniere’s inner circle, whose group attracted millionaires and actors among their followers. Prosecutors said she became a “teacher” for “slaves” who ordered “to perform chores, take nude photographs and, in some cases, engage in sexual acts with Raniere.”

When authorities approached Raniere, he fled to Mexico with Mack and others to try to reconstitute the group there. He was arrested and sent to the United States in March 2018; Mack was arrested a few days later.

“Ms. Mack now understands that this was the best thing that could have happened to her at that time,” the defense documents said.

Mack provided information to prosecutors on how Raniere encouraged “the use of demeaning and derogatory language, including racial slurs, to humiliate ‘slaves’,” government newspapers said. More importantly, he provided a recording of a conversation he had with Raniere about the brand, they added.

Branding must involve “some kind of thing in a vulnerable position” with “the hands probably held above the head, almost like they’re tied, like a sacrifice, whatever,” Raniere told him. Women, he added, “should say, ‘Please mark me. It would be an honor.’ Or something like that.”

Raniere was sentenced last year to 120 years in prison for his conviction on sex trafficking charges.


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