Thursday, July 01, 2021
Trial of sect NXIVM
“Smallville” star goes to jail
For several years, Allison Mack recruited and blackmailed women for the NXIVM sect. For these offenses, the “Smallville” actress is now sentenced to imprisonment. The 38-year-old apologized to the victims in court.
US actress Allison Mack has been sentenced to three years in prison. She previously pleaded guilty to recruiting women for a sect and plotting to blackmail her. “I have made decisions that I will regret forever,” said the 38-year-old, according to media reports, when she was convicted in court in Brooklyn, New York. She is filled with “remorse and feelings of guilt”. The former “Smallville” star also addressed the victims: “I am sorry for the deepest part of my heart and soul.” The charges included human trafficking and forced labor.
Allison Mack was part of the NXIVM group, led by Keith Raniere since 1998. NXIVM was based in Albany and described itself as a self-help organization. Outwardly, she offered workshops and courses that were supposed to fulfill the participants’ desire for self-realization. Then it came out: Between January 2016 and June 2017 women in a secret subgroup of the organization are said to have been branded and forced into sexual acts.
Mack could have received up to 17.5 years in prison for her actions. However, since she cooperated with the authorities and apologized to the victims, the sentence was lower in the end. According to The Guardian, the actress provided prosecutors with information about how Keith Raniere “encouraged the use of degrading and derogatory language, including racial slurs,” “to humiliate ‘slaves‘”. In addition, the actress is said to have released the recording of a conversation in which she spoke with Raniere about the branding.
Keith Raniere was arrested in Mexico in March 2018, and Mack a month later. She was eventually bailed and has been under house arrest in California ever since. Raniere was sentenced to 120 years in prison and a fine of $ 1.75 million in 2020.