Actress Allison Mack is reportedly in negotiations to enter a plea in her role in the NXIVM sex slave cult. Mack played a critical role in the group and recruited women to become sex slaves for leader Keith Raniere.
During a hearing for Keith Raniere this week, prosecutors provided new details about his co-defendants. Raniere was in court to face new charges of possession of child pornography and the exploitation of a child. He pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Following his plea, the Niagra Gazette reports that U.S. Attorney Moira Penza told the judge that the government was in “active negotiation” with Allison Mack.
Mack is best known for her role as CW’s hit series “Smallville.” She was a prominent member of NXIVM and worked closely with Raniere to recruit women to secretive group.
Raniere and NXIVM groomed Mack for months to lure her into joining their group. The group lavished her with attention and affection. NXIVM leaders sought her out because of her high profile job as an actress. Mack was a fresh-faced and bubbly young woman when she joined the group.
After joining NXIVM, Mack quickly worked her way up the ranks. Soon she became extremely close to the leader, Keith Raniere, and the two formed an intimate relationship. Through this relationship, the two developed a plan to create a secret society specifically for “women’s empowerment.”
Mack promoted the group on Twitter and social media. She sought out young women at coffee shops and events in New York. However, the group was not at all for female empowerment. Instead, Raniere and Mack used women as sex slaves.
Women that entered the group received brands with Raniere’s and Mack’s initials. The two forced the women to hand over embarrassing and damaging collateral to them such as dark secrets or nude photos. With the collateral, Raniere and Mack blackmailed the women that attempted to leave the group.
Once the women became members, Mack put the women on strict low-calorie diets. Several former members said Mack was intimidating, cruel, and abusive to them. Mack forced the women to have sex with Raniere whenever he requested time with them. Also, Mack has been accused of grooming underage girls to become part of the group.
With her trial date approaching, Radar Online reports that she is petrified of going to prison. A source connected to Mack said,
“Every single one of them, including Keith, is absolutely terrified,” the source said.
“Even on some level if they thought they were innocent, they are terrified they could go away for a long time,” the insider added.
Raniere’s remaining co-defendants are also actively negotiating with prosecutors. With all of his co-defendants looking for a way out, there is a real possibility that Raniere will stand trial alone in April.
Prosecutors have crafted a strong case against Raniere that includes charges of human trafficking, racketeering, money laundering, child pornography, and child exploitation. If convicted on all charges, Raniere could face life in prison.
*Katie Joy is a columnist and hosts Without A Crystal Ball on Patheos Non-Religious Channel. She writes articles on parenting, disability advocacy, debunking pseudoscience, atheism, and crimes against women and children.
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