Hide your sisters, hide your pledges, because Allison Mack allegedly had college sororities in her crosshairs when recruiting new members for the reported sex cult NXIVM.
According to reports, the actress turned cult henchwoman has been named as a defendant alongside NXIVM founder Keith Raniere and other top members in a new lawsuit charging the personal development company of being a Ponzi scheme, conducting illegal experimentation on humans, and exploitation of its female recruits.
The suit claims that the Smallville alum, Raniere, and 13 other individuals “exerted power over the plaintiffs; took their money; made it financially, physically and psychologically difficult, and in some cases impossible, to leave the coercive community; and systematically abused plaintiffs physically and emotionally.”
Mack — who first joined NXIVM at 23 years old when she was unhappy with her acting career and had hopes of becoming a “great actress again” — is specifically being accused of exploiting several women. The suit claims the now-37-year-old was “tasked with selecting attractive, trustworthy women who could become sexual partners for Raniere.”
Some of those women were apparently sought out at college campuses. Mack reportedly created multiple recruitment groups designed to pick off women from a certain culture; one of those groups was called “TEN C,” which was allegedly designed by Mack specifically for “procuring young women from college sororities for Raniere.”
One female member says she recruited to a group created just for women of East Asian descent called “One Asian,” and claims Mack once told her her that sex was “no big deal,” and that it was “just like playing tennis.”
Several women accuse the actress of forcing them to be her slaves and instructing them to have sex with the founder — in one reported case, Mack is accused of “stating that this was a special assignment that would help her get over trauma from past abuse.” Mack is also being accused of putting one of the female recruits “on a restricted calorie diet,” which caused her to develop medical conditions.
Another woman (many of them are unnamed in the lawsuit over fears that “their reputations will suffer or they will lose job opportunities if they were to be linked to the group,” according to The New York Times) claimed that she “was required to provide collateral, which would destroy her family, business, and reputation, if released publicly,” and that Mack refused to return it when she asked.
The suit also claims that, in order to keep the members brainwashed, Raniere, Mack and her wife, Battlestar Galactica actress Nicki Clyne, created a fake news outlet called Knife of Aristotle.
Mack previously admitted she had a part in the creation of the group’s ritual that involved women being branded. In April 2019, she pled guilty to charges of racketeering, saying at the time:
“I must take full responsibility for my conduct… I am and will be a better person as a result of this.”
She faces up to 20 years in prison in that case alone. Clearly, her legal troubles are far from over.
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