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The former Hollywood actress who became a high-ranking member of the NXIVM sex cult turned over a damning audio recording of leader Keith Raneire speaking about branding members with his own initials, a new court document revealed this week.
Allison Mack, a first-line “master” in the cult who recruited new members, flipped on the group's leader in favor of reduced prison time, a sentencing memo filed Monday and obtained by Oxygen.com indicates.
According to the memo, which was filed in a federal court in Brooklyn, the audio that Mack provided to prosecutors served as crucial evidence to implicate Raniere as the architect of NXIVM’s “branding ceremony,” which involved searing the cult leader’s initials into the flesh the followers that were chosen for DOS — NXIVM's internal sorority, which prosecutors have called a master-slave sex ring.
“The first-line of DOS recruited women to make a ‘collateralized vow of obedience to them, and by extension, to Raniere, and then directed their ‘slaves’ to perform labor, take nude photographs, and in some cases, to engage in sex acts with Raniere,” the sentencing memo states. “As directed by Raniere, Mack and other first-line DOS 'masters' required their 'slaves' to be branded with a symbol that, unknown to the ‘slaves,’ represented Raniere’s own initials.”
Mack allegedly began to cooperate with prosecutors in April 2019. Although she never testified in court, she met with investigators "numerous times," the memo states.
Raniere and Mack had discussed filming the branding ceremonies, as can be seen in transcripts of the audio.
“Do you think the person who’s being branded should be completely nude and sort of held to the table... almost like a sacrifice?” Raniere is heard asking Mack in the recording, per the court transcripts. “I don’t know if that’s a feeling of submission.”
In the brief recording, Raniere also repeatedly refers to brandings as a sacrificial act.
“Should say, 'please brand me, it would be an honor,' or something like that,” Raniere is heard saying, according to the transcripts. “'An honor I want to wear for the rest of my life,' I don’t know."
Portions of the recorded audio were used by prosecutors in their opening and closing statements at Raniere's 2019 trial.
“Although Mack could have provided even more substantial assistance, had she made the decision to cooperate earlier, Mack provided significant, detailed and highly corroborated information which assisted the government in its prosecution,” the sentencing memo added.
A former actor who is best known for her role in the TV series “Smallville,” Mack recruited women into NXIVM, which she pitched as a sorority and “secret women’s empowerment group,” according to court documents.
She pleaded guilty to conspiracy and racketeering charges in 2019 and now faces up to 40 years in prison.
"I believed Keith Raniere's intentions were to help people, and I was wrong," Mack told a federal judge. She is scheduled to be sentenced on June 30.
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