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Former ‘Smallville’ Actress Released From Prison Early Following NXIVM Cult Arrest

Allison Mack, a former actress best known for her role on the television show “Smallville,” has been given release from prison early. She was sentenced to three years behind bars, but was released after serving two years. Mack’s case was closely watched by the public, as she was one of the most high-profile figures to be involved in the NXIVM scandal. Her guilty plea and early release from prison have been met with mixed reactions. Some people believe that she should have served her full sentence, while others believe that she has already been punished enough.

What is the history of Allison Mack’s case?

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In 2018, federal authorities arrested Mack on charges of sex trafficking, sex trafficking conspiracy, and forced labor conspiracy related to her involvement in NXIVM and its subgroup, DOS. She pleaded guilty to racketeering and racketeering conspiracy charges and in 2021 was sentenced to three years in prison. Mack served 21 months in Federal Correctional Institution, Dublin, in California and was released recently. The former actress was a high-ranking member of DOS, a secret society within NXIVM that was led by Keith Raniere. DOS members were required to provide “collateral” to Raniere, which could include embarrassing personal information or nude photos. They were also required to have sex with Raniere, who was known as “Master” and were branded by his intials.

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Mack admitted in court that she had recruited women into DOS and had helped to enforce its rules. She also admitted that she had branded DOS members with Raniere’s initials. Before her sentencing, Allison apologised to those that had been harmed by her actions, calling her involvement with the group “the biggest mistake and regret of my life”.

“I am sorry to those of you that I brought into Nxivm. I am sorry I ever exposed you to the nefarious and emotionally abusive schemes of a twisted man.”

Allison Mack about NXVIM

What was NXIVM and why did Allison get released early?

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NXIVM, pronouned nexium, was a cult that used mind control and blackmail to entrap its members. It began as a self-help organization that was founded in 1998 and was initially marketed as a personal development company, but it eventually evolved into a cult-like organization that used coercive tactics to control its members. Women were branded with the initials of its leader, Keith Raniere, and forced into sexual slavery. Some members were even starved and beaten. Raniere was eventually arrested and sentenced to 120 years in prison, but the damage had already been done.

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Allison Mack was originally facing up to 17 years in prison for her role in the NXIVM cult. However, she was released early after serving two years. This was due to a number of factors, including the fact that she was deemed to be a low-risk offender, she had already served two years in prison, and she provided evidence to help prosecutors pursue their case against Keith Raniere. In addition, the COVID-19 pandemic also played a role in her early release.