NXIVM Leader Cites Scientology Ruling in New Court Filing - 2019-01-02
Attorneys for former Smallville actress Allison Mack have filed new documents in Brooklyn Federal Court to support their motion to dismiss criminal charges for her involvement in an alleged "sex cult" within a purported self-help organization known as NXIVM (pronounced "nexium"). In April 2018, Mack and NXIVM founder Keith Raniere were indicted on charges of sex trafficking, sex trafficking conspiracy, and forced labor conspiracy; Mack has plead not guilty and is being held on house arrest in California. In new documents submitted with the court on Friday, December 28, Mack's attorneys bolstered a previous motion to dismiss the charges dismissed by citing cases involving the Church of Scientology and Harvey Weinstein.
According to the original April 2018 indictment, prosecutors claim that Mack recruited female NXIVM members into a secret sect of the group, forcing them to provide naked photos and other damaging information in order to join. Prosecutors allege that members of the sect were starved, branded, coerced into having sex with Raniere and forced to perform free labor under threat of the collateral being released.
In their new court filing, Mack's attorneys argued that the allegations do not rise to the level of threats of "serious harm" required by the forced labor charge.