How Marc and Claire Headley's Scientology lawsuit is being used by the NXIVM defense - 2018-12-29
In November, Smallville actress Allison Mack's attorneys filed a motion to dismiss some of the charges that she's facing in a federal criminal prosecution of allegations that, as a top lieutenant in Keith Raniere's bizarre all-woman cabal known as NXIVM, she coerced other women to be his sex slaves.
That court motion mentioned the 2009 Marc and Claire Headley lawsuit against the Church of Scientology, which the New York Post mentioned in a story yesterday. We were curious about how the Headley case was used in the motion, so we dug it out for you and we have it below.
Oy, Raniere. Our familiarity with this guy and his NXIVM shenanigans goes back a long way. In 2007, when we were editing the Village Voice, we helped prepare a lengthy expose on Raniere and his ongoing war with cult expert Rick Ross (whom we had first written about in 1995).
It's been interesting to watch as the government has finally caught up with this guy, and with Mack, who became involved with NXIVM in 2010 and was allegedly helping Raniere recruit women into one particular branch of his scheme, known as "DOS." Here's how the government described Mack's role in a press release it put out following the unsealing of her indictment in April: