NXIVM: Allison Mack tape helped convict Upstate NY intercourse cult chief; feds search lighter sentence
Former “Smallville” star Allison Mack provided an audio tape that helped convict a sex cult leader in upstate New York, federal prosecutors said in a memo on Monday.
Variety Reports Mack, who faces 14 to 17 1/2 years in prison for her role in the NXIVM case, secretly recorded the group’s “vanguard,” Keith Raniere, speaking about branding his “slaves.”
“Do you think the person being branded should be completely naked and held at the table like a victim, almost like a victim?” He once said, adding that the videotaping of the ritual can be used as a security measure Prevent person from leaving the group.
“And the person should ask to be branded,” Raniere said. “Should say please brand me it would be an honor or something. An honor I want to bear for the rest of my life, I don’t know … And you should probably say that before you are held down so it doesn’t look like you are being forced. “
NXIVM, based in the Albany suburb of Colonie, NY, has been accused of being a Ponzi scheme that forced women to be sex slaves in a subgroup called the DOS (“dominus obsequious sororium”, Latin for “masters of slave women”) . . The group was first exposed in 2017 when former member Sarah Edmondson filed a complaint saying it was branded with Raniere’s initials “KR”.
Raniere, who claimed that NXIVM (pronounced “Nexium”) was a self-improvement program, was sentenced to 120 years in prison in October.
Mack agreed to plead guilty to extortion charges in April 2019, about a month before the Raniere trial began. According to the prosecution’s memo on Monday, she provided documents and information about Raniere and others who have committed crimes in the group; she did not testify in the process and her cooperation was not previously announced.
“Although Mack could have provided even more extensive assistance had they chosen to work together earlier, Mack provided critical, detailed, and highly corroborated information that helped the government prosecute it,” the prosecutors wrote.
In the memo, prosecutors urged District Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis to give Mack a reduced sentence in return for her help in convicting Raniere.
Mack, who played Superman’s friend Chloe Sullivan on the TV series “Smallville,” was considered the leader of DOS, described as a “secret sorority” that allegedly brainwashed members, put them on starvation diets, and beat them when they didn’t recruit enough additional “slaves”. Her sentencing is currently scheduled for June 30th.
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