You may recognize Allison Mack from the hit WB series Smallville, but now the former actress is in the news for a much more sinister reason. Mack has been linked to the sex cult NXIVM started by the self-proclaimed self-help guru, Keith Raniere.
In NXIVM, Mack was allegedly a top recruiter who lured in young women to serve as Raniere’s sex slaves. Since news of the cult broke, Mack has been arrested and charged with sex trafficking and forced labor. If Mack is found guilty, she could face many years in jail, but what exactly is NXIVM, and how did Mack become involved in such a heinous crime?
What is NXIVM?
Pronounced “Nexium,” Raniere presented the group as a self-help program but it was anything but. In response to a shocking article written by The New York Times that chronicled the alleged horrors of NXIVM, Raniere said that his members were “thriving, healthy, happy and better off.” He also insisted that they “haven’t been coerced.”
It appears that the program was simply a front for a sex cult which lured unsuspecting women into having sex with Raniere, being starved, and even being branded with Raniere’s initials.
The power of celebrity
Mack and her Smallville co-star Kristin Kreuk signed up for a seminar run by Raniere in the early 2000s. Though Kreuk didn’t stay involved in the group, Mack was enraptured by the older man. Raniere has always known the power of celebrity, so it looks like Mack was his perfect target.
In fact, on her website, Mack speaks glowingly of Raniere saying,
Over the course of several years, Mr. Raniere mentored Allison in her study of acting and music. As such, she has developed a deep connection to the nature of humanity as it relates to acting as an art form, and a tool for personal evolution.
In 2013, Mr. Raniere worked with Allison and a small group of equally skilled and dedicated professionals to develop a curriculum that is currently taught through a private arts academy, The Source. There Allison serves as president and is one of its top trainers.
Some terrible atrocities
Mack’s involvement with Raniere went left quickly. In the group, women were told to call Raniere and the higher ranking women master; they were also forced to pose nude for photos, adhere to an 800-calorie daily diet, remain at their “masters” beck and call, and recruit other slaves.
If they did not subscribe to any of these rules, they would be beaten with a paddle. The corporal punishment was allegedly Mack’s idea. The FBI official detailed some of the horrors that women faced.
As alleged, Keith Raniere displayed a disgusting abuse of power in his efforts to denigrate and manipulate women he considered his sex slaves. He allegedly participated in horrifying acts of branding and burning them, with the co-operation of other women operating within this unorthodox pyramid scheme. These serious crimes against humanity are not only shocking, but disconcerting, to say the least, and we are putting an end to this torture today.
Mack quickly rose through the ranks of NXIVM . She first had a sexual relationship with Raniere, but began enticing other women into his inner circle by using, The Vox. Mack described it as a “women’s empowerment group.”
She then enticed women to hand over what she called “collateral,” which were embarrassing photos or statements as an entry fee into the group. A source told The New York Post, “She started as a slave, and she became a slave master. Her nickname among defectors is “Pimp Mack.”
One of the most horrific things that Mack and Raniere were alleged to be involved with was branding women near their pubic areas. As they were being burned, Mack would place her hands on the women’s chests and tell them to “feel the pain” and to “think of [their] master.”
The New York Times reported, “Each woman was told to undress and lie on a massage table, while three others restrained her legs and shoulders. According to one of them, their master, a top NXIVM official named Lauren Salzman, instructed them to say, “Master, please brand me, it would be an honor.’”
In fact, Rainere even acknowledged the act in a statement with The New York Times, he said, “Not initially intended as my initials but they rearranged it slightly for tribute.” Also when inverted, KR spells the initials AM.
An attempt to lure in more celebs
Mack continued to be promoted within NXIVM because she had an uncanny ability to bring in a stream of women. In fact, at one point or another, she attempted to lure in actress Emma Watson and singer Kelly Clarkson. In January 2016, she tweeted to the Harry Potter actress, “@EmWatson I participate in a unique human development & women’s movement I’d love to tell you about. As a fellow actress I can relate so.”
In 2013, she tweeted at Clarkson, “@kelly_clarkson I heard through the grapevine that you’re a fan of Smallville. I’m a fan of yours as well! I’d love to chat sometime.”
What happens now?
At present, Mack is being detained in New York after returning from Mexico where she was hiding out. Raniere has also be arrested. Currently, Mack is facing 15 years to life in jail, but she is looking to strike a plea deal. She pled not guilty to her charges but frankly, the evidence against her is beyond incriminating.
Page Six is reporting that prosecutors “have e-mails from Mack pledging her full and complete life to Raniere and offering to cement the vow with her own collateral — including a contract promising him any children she ever has and her home if she breaks their agreement, and a letter to social services alleging that she abused her nephews.”
This just keeps getting worse and worse.
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