TV actor Allison Mack, a key member of the cult-like NXIVM organization, was sentenced to three years in prison on Wednesday for manipulating women into becoming sex slaves for founder, Kieth Raniere.
Best known for playing Chloe Sullivan on the CW show, Smallville, Mack pled guilty in 2019 to racketeering conspiracy and racketeering charges.
Initially, Mack faced 14 to 17 1/2 years in prison, but her defense team argued that probation or home confinement was more appropriate. But because Mack cooperated against the “self help” leader, prosecutors agreed that her sentence should be lower than the initial years she faced.
At her sentencing in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, Mack told the judge that she was filled with “remorse and guilt”. She also wrote a letter to the victims in which she apologized to those she brought into NXIVM and for exposing them “to the nefarious and emotionally abusive schemes of a twisted man.”, according to the Associated Press.
However, the federal judge presiding over the prosecution of the case released a searing memo on his decision to give Mack three years. U.S. District Court Judge, Nicholas Garaufis did not hold back as he faulted the Smallville actress for using her celebrity status to recruit women in the sex cult that Raniere created to brainwash women and brand them with his initials. Raniere was sentenced last year to 120-years in prison.
“You capitalized on your celebrity and these individuals’ eagerness to be close to you, told them you were recruiting them for a “women’s empowerment” sorority, and misrepresented and obscured fundamental facts about the organization and the conditions of membership.”
Mack was a part of Raniere’s inner circle, according to prosecutors. And even fled with Raniere to Mexico when he was being hunted by the FBI. She had a high rank in the organization and became a “master” for “slaves” that she coerced to have sex with Raniere.
Over several months in 2016, Mack attempted to recruit Harry Potter actress, Emma Watson many times on Twitter. Tweeting at her that, “I’m a fellow actress like yourself & involved in an amazing women’s movement I think you’d dig. I’d love to chat if you’re open.” She followed up saying that she was in a “unique human development and women’s movement.” Emma Watson never responded.
Along with three years behind bars, Mack also received a $20,000 fine and 1,000 hours of community service. She is due to surrender to authorities on Sept. 29.