Allison Mack’s Sentencing for Involvement With NXIVM Cult Set for June

Allison Mack’s Sentencing for Involvement With NXIVM Cult Set for June

May 21, 2021

The sentencing for “Smallville” actor Allison Mack, who was indicted in 2018 on sex trafficking and conspiracy to commit forced labor charges for her involvement in Keith Raniere’s NXIVM cult, has been scheduled for late June.

The hearing will take place on Wednesday, June 30, at 11 a.m., ordered by New York judge Nicholas G. Garaufis on Friday.

Mack was arrested by the FBI in April 2018 on charges of sex trafficking, sex trafficking conspiracy and forced labor conspiracy. According to prosecutors, she recruited women to join the NXIVM cult using blackmail to force them to engage in sexual activity with Raniere against their will. The organization posed as a women’s self-help group, but involved branding the female members and psychologically manipulating and coercing them. Raniere allegedly paid Mack for her involvement and was second-in-command of NXIVM after Raniere himself.

After her arrest, Mack was released on $5 million bond and held under house arrest. In April 2019, she pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy and racketeering charges. Her sentencing was originally scheduled for September 2019, but was pushed back to allow enough time for pre-sentencing investigations. If convicted, Mack faces a minimum of 15 years to life in prison.

In October 2020, Raniere was sentenced to 120 years in prison on charges of sex trafficking, forced labor conspiracy and racketeering.

Mack, Raniere and the NXIVM cult were the subjects of the HBO docuseries “The Vow,” released last year ahead of Raniere’s sentencing. The popular series spread awareness of the organization and charges against its leaders. A second season is planned for this year.

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