NXIVM sex sect defendant Allison Mack checks in for three-year stay at Dublin Women’s Correctional Center
After other famous inmates in recent years, the former Small city Actress Allison Mack will serve her prison sentence in East Bay following her conviction in the chilling sex cult case NXIVM.
As viewers of the HBO 2020 documentary series The wish Know that Mack was a defining figure in NXIVM, the sex cult based in Albany, New York, posing as a self-improvement organization led by charismatic leader Keith Raniere. Raniere was convicted in 2019 of five counts, including sex trafficking, child sexual exploitation and possession of child pornography, identity theft, forced labor conspiracy and racketeering conspiracy . And Mack was his right-hand man during much of NXIVM’s transformation from an EST-like organization with “executive success workshops” to the recruiting arm of his secret sex cult, called DOS or The Vow.
As TMZ reported, Mack struck a plea deal and was sentenced in June to three years in federal prison. She had faced up to 40 years of age on counts of racketeering and racketeering conspiracy.
Mack may have lived in the Bay Area for the past year, as the Bay Area News Group reports, and was at least taking virtual classes at UC Berkeley last summer and fall. VICE spoke about several undergraduates at Berkeley who were upset to learn Mack’s story after The wish created, after realizing that they had shared classes with her in which they disclosed personal trauma and stories about themselves. Mack, ironically, was reportedly enrolled in courses titled “The History and Practice of Human Rights” and “The Black Feminist Healing Arts.”
Mack went to the Federal Corrections Institute in Dublin on Monday – the same prison that housed college admissions scandal celebrities Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman. Loughlin spent two months at the facility last year, starting in November, and Huffman served just 10 days of a 14-day sentence in October 2019.
As TMZ notes, Mack showed up to serve her sentence two weeks earlier than she was due to start on September 29.
A judge discovered that Mack was an accomplice in Raniere’s scheme to recruit and enslave young women, convincing them that by committing to have sex with Raniere – and being branded with his and Mack’s initials – they could “repair” or improve. The secret group, which was unknown to many members of the larger NXIVM organization, became like a pyramid scheme in which female slaves themselves would become masters, and recruit and enslave others.
Mack was on the run with Raniere and in hiding in Puerto Vallarta when Raniere was arrested in March 2018. She was later extradited herself.
When she pleaded guilty in 2019, Mack reportedly sobbed and said, “I have to take full responsibility for my conduct. I am so sorry for my role in this matter. I am so sorry for my family and the good people. that I have hurt by my mistaken adherence to Keith Raniere’s teachings. ”
Upon her sentencing, she said: “I made choices that I will regret forever.” And to Raniere’s victims, she said, “From the bottom of my heart and soul, I’m sorry.”
Previously, Seagram’s heiress Clare Bronfman was also convicted in connection with NXIVM and sentenced to 81 months in prison. Nancy Salzman, who co-founded the NXIVM organization with Raniere in 1998 and was widely viewed by group members as Raniere’s “facilitator”, has pleaded guilty to one count of racketeering conspiracy and is still awaiting conviction. .
If you’re curious, The New York Times has a timeline of events in the NXIVM case.
Top Image: Actress Allison Mack leaves the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York City following a status conference on June 12, 2018 in the Brooklyn neighborhood of New York City. (Photo by Drew Angerer / Getty Images)