You may remember the girl-next-door actress Allison Mack from her roles on Smallville and Wilfred. For all of you 90s kids, she was also in classics like Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves and Camp Nowhere. But her acting gigs aren’t all she’s become known for in recent years.
The 38-year-old was revealed to be a “high-ranking member” of Keith Raniere's self-help group, NXIVM, which prosecutors describe as a sex cult and pyramid scheme.
Allison Mack’s involvement reportedly involved recruiting women to be slaves and branding them, as ET reports. This is a scandal so big, dark, and twisted that HBO has created a show around it called The Vow, available on demand now. Her involvement with NXIVM (pronounced like "Nexium") is a big departure from the wholesome roles that Allison Mack previously took on on-screen, leaving fans to wonder what she’s up to now.
Here’s where Allison Mack is now.
Since pleading guilty to racketeering charges in April 2019, Allison Mack is living life under house arrest as she awaits sentencing related to her involvement with NXIVM. The sentencing has been stalled by the coronavirus, originally scheduled for Sept. 11, 2020. Allison Mack is said to be under electronic surveillance while living with her parents in California. She had previously been living in Brooklyn.
This is what we know about her charges.
She was arrested and charged with “alleged sex trafficking, sex trafficking conspiracy and forced labor conspiracy” in April of 2018, as E! News reports. Allison Mack was released on a $5 million bond, later pleading not guilty to the charges against her in her first appearance in court. But a year after her initial arrest, in April of 2019, she pled guilty to racketeering, and the judge accepted her plea.
Allison Mack is facing up to 40 years in prison, reports say, which is equal to 20 years per count against her.
"I must take full responsibility for my conduct and that is why I am pleading guilty today," she shared following her plea. "I am and will be a better person as a result of this."
The details about Allison Mack's NXIVM involvement are shocking.
NXIVM marketed itself as a company that helped members become their best selves. Allison Mack went from a member to a senior leader throughout her 12 years with the group.
“I joined NXIVM first to find purpose,” she shared according to The New York Times. “I was lost and I wanted to find a place, a community in which I would feel comfortable.”
She reportedly wanted to use the courses NXIVM offered to “help eliminate psychological and emotional barriers,” enhance relationships, and improve her acting abilities. As she became more involved in the organization’s inner workings, it is said that she ran her own “slave pod,” subjected women to diets of 500 calories a day, berated them as they sat on the floor, and watched as they endured beatings.
Her slaves were also branded with a combination of Allison Mack and NXIVM founder Keith Raniere’s initials.
“I believed that Keith Raniere’s intentions were to help people, and that my adherence to his system of beliefs would help empower others and help them,” Allison Mack said. “I was wrong.”
We’ll keep you posted on the outcome of her upcoming sentencing.