- Allison Mack pleaded guilty to extortion on Monday for the benefit of a sect.
- The sect, Nxivm, was in the hands of guru Keith Raniere, who would have under his influence 16,000 people.
- Women were sexually abused and branded.
"I was a member of a secret society founded by Keith Raniere. American actress Allison Mack, revealed by the series Smallville, at
pleaded guilty of extortion for the benefit of a sexual sect on Monday. She faces up to forty years in prison and will be fixed on her fate on September 11th.
Centerpiece of history, the alleged guru Keith Raniere (58) has reportedly controlled three organizations / sects, the best known of which is Nxivm (pronounced Nexium). according to the New York Timessome 16,000 people have been under its influence since 1998. This sect, of which 36-year-old Allison Mack was one of the leaders, appeared from the outside as a mere organization offering courses in personal development, as there are heap in France and even more to
Money as a means of pressure
Attracting a few lost individuals, in search of a new professional or personal path, the organization then showed its real face: a sect taking money from its members and turning women into sexual slaves of guru Keith Raniere.
According to the public prosecutor's complaint filed in February 2018 in Brooklyn federal court, participants in the training sessions agreed to pay up to $ 5,000 per five-day workshop, which in most cases indebted them, forcing them then work for Nxivm to pay back. In 2003, the magazine Forbes even spoke of $ 25,000 a day depending on the rank of "teacher" within the sect.
The circle of sorority
In a testimony about Vice, a former member, Sarah Edmondson, tells the vicious circle that closes on the members: "There was always a problem that I had to solve and which, of course, required more training. When you spend $ 3,000 for a five-day training, you want to do things well. So you convince yourself that your choice is the right one. It's a psychological phenomenon. Part of me wanted to be right. "
Once these first lessons had been passed, members were invited to join the "sorority circle". One had to accept a master-slave relationship with a higher-ranking "sister" within the sect, and slaves could not eat more than 800 calories a day. But the horror does not stop, Sarah Edmonson reports, in the New York Times"I was told that if I entered the secret sorority, I would have more confidence in myself. During the initiation ceremony, we were told to undress and lie on a massage table saying "Master, mark me, it would be an honor". We had been told that we were going to make a discreet tattoo, but instead, we were cauterized Keith Ranière's initials on the skin. "
Keith Raniere taught women "lessons" beforehand: "He taught us that the main fault of women is that we are weak and have no character, that we are complacent and that we think we are princesses", testifies also Sarah Edmonson.
Once in the circle, women were forced to become sex slaves of Keith Raniere. In order to guarantee their silence, the entry into the "circle of sorority" required women to give "guarantees", namely compromising documents, photos or videos of them naked, family secret, shameful revelation. ..
The initials of Allison Mack also marked
Photos of these branding have been broadcast. In a message to a recruit, Keith Ranière explained that "originally, it was not his (her) initials, but they modified the motive to (him) to pay tribute. No one would say anything if it were the initials of Abraham Lincoln.
Also, the letters AM, the initials of the actress Allison Mack, were sometimes marked in the same way. The latter would have shown, according to Rick Ross, a source of Hollywood Reporter, "Incredibly intimidating and cruel" with the adherents she supervised (more than 50 sex slaves, according to the same source), threatening to "destroy" them if they refused to sleep with Keith Ranière.
To explain how the sect managed to get such practices accepted by its members, Sarah Edmonson evokes the metaphor of the frog in a pot of boiling water. "It was done in stages, with more commitment, more restraint and more blackmail. "