In April 2019, former Smallville actress Allison Mack pled guilty to racketeering and racketeering conspiracy for her role in the NXIVM sex cult. This week, she will finally be sentenced.
Mack, the prosecution will argue, was essential to recruiting, helped plan the branding ritual (yikes!), and held blackmail on the members of a slave-master subgroup within the organization. And, as one the top managers, she also finagled members into having sex with its founder Keith Raniere.
Before her sentencing, she wrote a letter to the court.
“This period of isolation has been the most devastating, but transformative time of my life.” (She’s been confined to her parents’ home in California with an ankle monitor ahead of the sentencing.)
The house arrest, she said, gave her the “strength I needed to confront the darkest parts of myself and come to terms with the pain my actions have inflicted on so many people I love.”
“It is now of paramount importance to me to say, from the bottom of my heart, I am so sorry. I threw myself into the teachings of Keith Raniere with everything I had.”
To the friends and family who “fought hard to show me the truth about NXIVM and Keith,” she said, “I pushed you away and silenced myself toward you when you were trying to save my life…. I lied to you, again and again, in order to protect the delusion I was so deeply committed to believing.”
She wrote, “The list of those harmed by the collateral damage of my destructive choices continues to grow as I become more and more aware of how my choices have affected those around me,” adding, “I am grateful that I have made it through this process alive and that I was stopped when I was.”
Other NXIVM members have already been sentenced, including Seagram’s heiress Clare Bronfman and Raniere himself. In September, Bronfman got more than six years, and the following month, Raniere got 120 years in prison.
Wonder what Mack will get? Any guesses?
(via Vanity Fair; photo: Smallville promotional image)