“Smallville” actress Allison Mack has been sentenced to three years in prison for her involvement with the sex cult NXIVM. The 38-year-old pleaded guilty in April 2019 on one count of racketeering conspiracy and one count of racketeering (including extortion and forced labor). She allegedly ran a master-slave ring in the cult. Mack was also ordered to pay a $20,000 fine. Ahead of her sentencing, the actress made a statement apologizing to the victims for her part in the NXIVM cult. “I am sorry to those of you that I brought into NXIVM. I am sorry I ever exposed you to the nefarious and emotionally abusive schemes of a twisted man,” she said referring to the leader of the cult, Keith Raniere.
Mack also apologized for the level of manipulation that took place mentally and financially. I am sorry that I encouraged you to use your resources to participate in something that was ultimately so ugly.” All of the participants paid large sums of money to attend courses promised to upgrade them to the next level of the cult or better their existence in some way. While her attorney asked for no jail time, Mack was not so lucky when handed the three-year sentence. However, the sentence is lighter than what she could have gotten, and this is because she assisted in convicting Raniere.
She Helped To Take Keith Raniere Down
The now states witness provided audiotapes of Raniere that ultimately helped to convict the 60-year-old. “Although Mack could have provided even more substantial assistance had she made the decision to cooperate earlier, Mack provided significant, detailed, and highly corroborated information which assisted the government in its prosecution,” said the prosecutors involved in the case. Some of the other factors that helped put Mack, Raniere, and many others involved in the NXIVM cult behind bars are the victim impact statements and commitment to speaking out about their horrible experiences. India Oxenberg, a former member of the cult shared her thoughts on her Instagram page.
The Victims Are Weighing In
“I am very grateful and proud of everyone who has participated,” wrote Oxenberg who described the moment as “bittersweet” and complicated. “It has not been an easy road nor has recovering and putting my life back together,” she acknowledged. However, she wishes to continue to share her truth and continues to pray for those who are still “trapped” mentally and physically by Raniere. The cult leader, who branded women with his initials and engaged in other forms of abuse was sentenced to 120 years in prison back in October 2020.
How Deep Was Allison Involved Though?
Mack is also accused of helping Raniere operate a sub-section of the cult known as Dominus Obsequious Sororium (DOS). Women who were involved with DOS were allegedly kept as sex slaves. They were also forced to adhere to a particular diet leading to starvation. And as a manipulative way of being asked to prove their dedication, many of them women were branded not knowing it was Raniere’s initials. Mack was Raniere’s main slave and acted as a “master” to the women of DOS. She even admitted to New York Times Magazine that it was her idea to brand the women. Some could say she is getting off easy.