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Allison Mack’s lawyers are asking that she not be sentenced to jail time for her role in recruiting women into Keith Raniere’s NXIVM sex cult, pointing to a letter the Small town The actress went to court apologizing for what she considered “the biggest mistake” of her life.
“It is now of paramount importance for me to say, from the bottom of my heart, I am so sorry,” Mack wrote in the letter, obtained by Us weekly and would have been addressed “to those who have been injured by [her] Actions. “
In April 2019, Mack pleaded guilty to one count of racketeering conspiracy and one count of racketeering. Prosecutors alleged she helped enlist women in the Albany-based organization. NXIVM billed itself as a self-help group, but within its ranks a secret society called DOS “operated with levels of ‘slave’ women headed by ‘masters’,” prosecutors said. Mack, herself a “master,” admitted to enlisting others in the DOS, using “guarantees” to blackmail them into cooperating with Raniere’s program. Often times this included rituals of humiliation, physical abuse – the mark with Raniere’s initials, for example – sexual exploitation and abuse, and trafficking. Last October, Raniere was sentenced to 120 years in prison for the seven counts (covering racketeering, sex trafficking, forced labor, obstruction of justice and child pornography) for which a jury has him. convicted in June 2019.
Prosecutors believe Mack was Raniere’s right-hand man and initially charged her with sex trafficking and forced labor, which could have led to her life in prison. The plea agreement reduced the maximum sentence to 40 years, but Mack’s legal team demanded that she not spend time behind bars, having admitted that she “had done serious wrong”. Mack apologized to the victims of NXIVM during his plea, as well as in his letter.
“I threw myself into the teachings of Keith Raniere with everything I had,” she wrote, according to Us weekly. “I believed with all my heart that his mentorship led me to a better, more enlightened version of myself. I dedicated my loyalty, my resources and ultimately my life to him. It was the biggest mistake and the biggest regret of my life.
“I’m sorry for those of you that I brought into NXIVM. I’m sorry to have already exposed you to the nefarious and emotionally abusive ploys of a crooked man. I’m sorry for encouraging you to use your resources to participate in something that was ultimately so ugly, ”she continued. “I do not take the responsibility I have in the lives of those I love lightly and I feel a heavy weight of guilt for abusing your trust leading you down a negative path.”
His sentencing hearing is scheduled for June 30.