News & Opinion | June 11, 2019 3:47 pm

Actress Says She Was Lured Into Nxivm Sex Cult by TV Star Allison Mack

The woman testified that Mack forced her into a master-slave relationship

Actress Allison Mack pleaded guilty in April to charges surrounding her involvement in the sex cult
Actress Allison Mack pleaded guilty in April to charges surrounding her involvement in the sex cult
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An actress involved in the Nxivm sex cult has given a disturbing testimony detailing her experiences at the hands of cult founder Keith Raniere and his followers.

The 31-year-old woman, identified only as Nicole, testified Monday that “Smallville” star Allison Mack lured her deeper into the cult’s activities, CNN reported.

During her testimony, Nicole said she first became involved with Nxivm through acting classes called “The Source,” which her unnamed TV actor ex-boyfriend encouraged her to take after moving from L.A. to New York in 2014. The acting classes were among many purported “self-help” courses Nxvim offered to over 17,000 individuals.

While Nicole testified that she initially liked the course’s approach combining acting and psychology, she had misgivings from the beginning, citing rank-signifying sashes and group idolization of Raniere as red flags.

Despite her anxieties, Nicole was persuaded to take more classes, and testified that Mack even convinced her to join an all-female mentoring group within Nxivm called “The Vow.” In order to join the group, Nicole was forced to provide “collateral” in the form of a letter written to a local newspaper falsely accusing her father of sexual assault.

Once in the group, Nicole said that she was forced into a master-slave relationship with Mack, who reportedly forced Nicole to stop sleeping with her boyfriend and to remain celibate for three months.

Mack also reportedly told Nicole to “be a good slave” to Raniere, who at one point allegedly blindfolded Nicole and led her into a secluded cabin where he tied her to a table and recorded another woman performing oral sex on her.

Nicole said she refused to sign a contract claiming she was a willing participant in the activities and left Nxivm in 2017.

“Once I’d gotten enough separation, there’s not been one moment that I am not grateful that I am no longer in that situation,” she testified.

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