Allison Mack sentenced to 3 years in prison for Nxivm crimes
The 38-year-old's criminal exploits were documented across HBO's acclaimed docuseries The Vow, which chronicled several ex-members' experiences with Nxivm as they recalled sex crimes, physical branding, and lasting psychological damage as a result of their time in the cult.
Last week, Mack released a statement on the proceedings: "I threw myself into the teachings of Keith Raniere with everything I had," she said. "I believed, whole-heartedly, that his mentorship was leading me to a better, more enlightened version of myself. I devoted my loyalty, my resources, and, ultimately, my life to him. This was the biggest mistake and regret of my life."
The statement followed an April 2019 apology from the actress. PEOPLE reported at the time that Mack made a tearful address to the court as she pled guilty to racketeering charges, taking "full responsibility" for her actions while adding that she was "very sorry" to those she hurt.
Prosecutors accused Mack of recruiting sex slaves for Nxivm co-founder and leader Raniere, 60, who also spearheaded the cult's subgroup, DOS, which The Vow highlighted as a secret society of all-female members — some of whom were allegedly physically branded — acting as "masters" and "slaves" in sexually subservient roles leading back to the head of the group.
In October 2020, Raniere was sentenced to 120 years in prison in Brooklyn federal court, atop a $1.75 million fee. He was convicted in June 2019 of racketeering, racketeering conspiracy, sex trafficking, attempted sex trafficking, sex trafficking conspiracy, forced labor conspiracy, and wire fraud conspiracy.
NXIVM survivor India Oxenberg posted a statement on Instagram Wednesday, calling the news "bittersweet" and revealing she submitted a victim impact statement for Mack's sentencing. "This month has been very revealing for me personally and I've had to confront a lot of memories that were dormant awhile writing my victim impact statement," she wrote. "Many of those memories I have not wanted to revisit but I have found clarity from looking directly at them rather than through nightmares, having insomnia or feeling paralyzed by a pending outcome I can't control."
"My hope is that in writing it I could really release these memories and move forward," she shared.
HBO is reportedly working on a follow-up to season 1 of The Vow, though a premiere date has yet to be announced.
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