Allison Mack joined NXIVM because she thought that co-founder Keith Raniere could help her “become a great actor again.” “I moved to Albany (NXIVM’s headquarters) to fill that emptiness and find the soul of myself again, if that makes sense, because it had fizzled.”
she told journalist Vanessa Grigoriadis in a 2017 interview that was found Monday in their new podcast, “Infamous: Inside America’s Biggest Scandals.”
Because I felt like a fake, I begged Keith to help me become a great actor again. Raniere, who was 62 at the time, and Nancy Salzman, who was 68, started NXIVM in 1998.
It was an organisation for personal development that offered “Executive Success Programs” and other ways to help people find “greater pleasure” in life. After Clare and Sara Bronfman, daughters of Edgar Bronfman, Sr., gave the group money, they became famous.
Former members said they were brainwashed into a sick sex-slave cult where women were marked with Raniere’s initials and forced to have sex with him. This caused a lot of trouble for the company.
This month, an appeals court upheld Raniere’s 120-year sentence, which will start in 2019. Two years later, Mack, who was 40 at the time, pleaded guilty to tricking women into becoming Raniere’s sex slaves. He was given three years in prison.
The actress told Grigoriadis that she was not guilty. Mack said, “I’m not going to find young, beautiful women for him to use as sex slaves.” You know, “The Crucible” and the McCarthy trials, where accusations were thrown around and spread like wildfire.”
Grigoriadis, 49, was told by the actor from “Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves” that friends who thought she was in a cult told her to leave. “I say, ‘Talk to me. She said, “Let me tell you what we’re going to do.”
“No, you’re brainwashed, you’re sick,” her friends would tell her. “As I walked alone, I thought, ‘Am I crazy? Am I one of those horrible people who do bad things and think they’re doing it for God? She went on, “I had a few talks with myself.”
Mack put NXIVM before her family and friends. “In the end, I just sat down and looked at my life, my relationships, and everything I had written in my notebooks over the past five years. She said that it was always good.
Grigoriadis also talked to Raniere, who vehemently denied putting his initials on women and compared it to how historically black fraternities do it.
He said it was like Omega Psi, which had a group at his college. “African-American. They are made by Omega. The Omega brand is owned by Michael Jordan. They blow these things up so that people can see them.
“Ten to fifteen suburban women, with an average age of 40, got together to start a small, hip brand. No one would care if it were men. I think it makes people think badly of women because it’s about women and it’s news.
Salzman was given a three-and-a-half-year prison sentence in September 2021 because she never stopped supporting Raniere and making nasty attacks on people who didn’t agree with him.
Clare got almost six years in jail, even though the federal sentencing guidelines said she should only get 27 months. The heiress admitted to hiding and helping an illegal immigrant for money, stealing someone else’s identity, and using credit cards without permission.
On December 29, Campside Media and Sony Music Entertainment will put out episodes of NXIVM called “Infamous.”
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