NEW YORK (NY)
December 18, 2019
By Taryn Ryder
For victims and their families affected by the Nxivm sex cult, 2019 was a year of reckoning.
In June, Keith Raniere was found guilty of sex trafficking, racketeering and other felonies related to the self-help group he co-founded and its secret cult after weeks of explosive testimony. Within Nxivm was a “sorority” called “DOS,” short for Dominus Obsequious Sororium, or Master Over Slave Women. Months prior, Smallville actress Allison Mack admitted to being a member and founding the women-branding group. Mack, who prosecutors say was one of Nxivm’s highest-ranking members, pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy and racketeering. As part of her guilty plea, Mack admitted to state law extortion and forced labor.
While Raniere is behind bars, Mack is out on bail awaiting sentencing — but it’s likely she will spend time in prison.
“Allison Mack is facing a total of 40 years maximum confinement time in the two charges she plead guilty to in federal court,” Silva Megerditchian, criminal defense attorney and CEO of Los Angeles-based SLM Law, tells Yahoo Entertainment. “At this stage, sentencing has been delayed, likely for both sides to put together a sentencing memorandum for the judge.”
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