The leader of the self-described multi-level marketing group, NXIVM, has been sentenced to 120 years in prison for his involvement in sexual crimes. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Keith Raniere was convicted of seven felonies relating to a secret group - and what prosecutors called a "sex cult," that was developed inside of the NXIVM organization.
To learn more about Keith Raniere and the NXIVM organization, continue reading below.
The organization purportedly offered classes designed to empower women...The New York Times reported on the self-help organization and its alleged misconduct. The organization purportedly offered classes designed to empower women in their 30s and 40s by teaching them to eliminate psychological and emotional barriers. While in reality, a secret group was formed and those involved were being branded and referred to as "slaves." Since then, former NXIVM members have come out to tell their stories in various interviews, podcasts, and most recently, through a docu-series called, The Vow on Netflix.
At the time, news reports had also revealed that actress Allison Mack was deeply involved in NXIVM, as well as the secret group.
via: GettyAnd that she was among its ranks of elite members - with a close connection to Keith Raniere.
You might recognize Mack best from her role on the CW show Smallville. She played the character of Clark Kent/Superman's friend Chloe Sullivan.
via: GettyHowever, her actions these days are anything but heroic. According to NXIVM's former publicist, Frank Parlato, Mack was heavily involved in a cult called DOS — believed to be short for "dominus obsequious sororium" (Latin for "master over the slave women"). Parlato, who worked for NXIVM for several months in 2007, says that Mack had recruited as many as 25 women into the slave cult where they are ordered to follow her commands 24 hours a day.