Nxivm lawyers use Scientology to dispute forced labor allegations - 2018-12-28
If Scientology isn't guilty of forced labor, sex-slave cult Nxivm isn't guilty of forced labor.
That's the argument lawyers for actress Allison Mack are making in their latest effort to get sex trafficking and forced labor charges against the "Smallville" star tossed out of Brooklyn Federal Court.
Mack and Nxivm leader Keith Raniere are accused of duping women into joining a master-slave group by getting them to hand over damaging "collateral" like naked photos of themselves and accusations against their loved ones, then forcing them to work for free and have sex with Raniere.
But in court papers filed Friday, Mack's lawyers argue that the threat of releasing those photos and statements doesn't rise to the threat of "serious harm" required to prove someone engaged in forced labor.