Allison Mack, the former high-ranking member of the controversial self-help organization NXIVM, has reportedly filed for divorce from NXIVM acolyte Nicki Clyne.
Mack filed the paperwork to end the couple's marriage at an Orange County court Friday, TMZ reports. Then, over the weekend, Mack was spotted eating and shopping, according to British tabloid The Daily Mail.
Both Mack and Clyne are actresses who have appeared on popular television shows — Mack on "Smallville," and Clyne on "Battlestar Galactica." They wed in 2017 while both still members of the upstate New York-based organization led by Keith Raniere, who was sentenced earlier this year to 120 years for sex-trafficking and a host of other criminal charges stemming from his involvement in the group.
Mack was one of Raniere's top lieutenants and, according to prosecutors, played a pivotal role in the formation of a secretive sex cult within NXIVM known as DOS. Women in the clandestine group, under the belief that membership would lead to self-empowerment, served as "slaves" to their "masters" and were forced to turn over collateral — typically nude photographs or other damaging personal information — in order to ensure loyalty and silence. Some of the women were branded with Raniere's initials; some were coerced into sex with him.
Mack pleaded guilty last year to racketeering conspiracy and racketeering charges and faces a maximum of 40 years in prison. Mack was released on $5 million bond in 2018 and is currently living on her parents’ property in California where she's monitored by an electronic tracking anklet as she awaits sentencing.
One of the conditions of Mack's bail is that she can't speak to anyone who is affiliated with the case or NXIVM. Clyne revealed in September that, because of that restriction, the two hadn't spoken in more than a year.
Clyne, a former member of DOS, has remained an adamant supporter of Raniere and the work that NXIVM has done. She and several others have formed a group called "Make Justice Blind.”
“It’s very unfortunate the way that the word NXIVM has been applied and is now synonymous with the term sexual cult, which I don’t even know how to define what that is," Clyne told “CBS This Morning” in September.
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