BROOKLYN, NY—Actress Allison Mack, 36, has been charged on two counts of racketeering conspiracy, and racketeering for connections in recruiting females to a alleged sex cult known as NXIVM, mastered by Kieth Raniere on Monday, April 8. Mack is scheduled for sentencing on September 11, each count serves a 20 year prison term if convicted.
NXIVM, was promoted as a multi-level marketing company that encouraged personal growth designed for women through seminars, and various training programs.
“I believed Keith Raniere’s intentions were to help people, and I was wrong,” Mack said in court. She aimed to aspire several women to join the organization including actress Emma Watson and singer Kelly Clarkson in what was claimed was a self-care facility. Court documents indicate that Mack branded Raniere’s initials on sex slaves, while threatening to blackmail others using sexual images and other private information as weapons.
In April 2018, Mack was arrested by the FBI for her suspected involvement in sex trafficking for NXIVM and released on a $5 million bond.
Co-founder Nancy Salzman, 64, confessed in U.S. District Court in Brooklyn, NY on March 13, 2019, to recruiting a 15-year-old girl to have sex with Raniere. She faces two charges of racketeering. Raniere appeared in court and was charged with sex trafficking, underage sex with minors.
“I want you to know I am pleading guilty because I am, in fact, guilty,” said Salzman through sobs. “I accept that some of the things I did were not just wrong, but sometimes criminal,” Salzman has been sentenced to 30 to 41 months in prison, and face a fine penalty of $250,000.
In 2003, NXIVM sued the Ross Institute for defamation after articles were published by clinicians Dr. Paul Martin and Dr. John Hochman who described NXIVM as a cult that brainwashed women during seminars.
The lawsuit was dismissed in 2017 in favor that Ross Institute’s quotations were protected by the fair use doctrine.