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Re: Black Dominatrix uses clients for 'emotional reparations'
« Reply #15 on: January 07, 2019, 10:05:54 am »
Monday, 7th December 2019
Tennessee Governor grants full clemency to Cyntoia Brown, sets Aug. 7 release from prison
by Adam Tamburin and Anita Wadhwani

Gov. Bill Haslam ordered an early release for Cyntoia Brown, a Tennessee woman and alleged sex trafficking victim serving a life sentence in prison for killing a man when she was 16.

Haslam granted Brown a full commutation to parole on Monday. Brown will be eligible for release Aug. 7 on time served and will stay on parole for 10 years.

“Cyntoia Brown committed, by her own admission, a horrific crime at the age of 16," Haslam said in a statement.

"Yet, imposing a life sentence on a juvenile that would require her to serve at least 51 years before even being eligible for parole consideration is too harsh, especially in light of the extraordinary steps Ms. Brown has taken to rebuild her life.

"Transformation should be accompanied by hope.  So, I am commuting Ms. Brown’s sentence, subject to certain conditions.”

Brown will be required to participate in regular counseling sessions and to perform at least 50 hours of community service, including working with at-risk youth. She also will be required to get a job.

In a statement released by her lawyers, Brown thanked  Haslam "for your act of mercy in giving me a second chance. I will  do everything I can to justify your faith in me."

"With God's help, I am committed to live the rest of my life helping others, especially young people. My hope is to help other young girls avoid ending up where I have been."

The governor's long-awaited decision, handed down during his last days in office, brought a dramatic conclusion to Brown's plea for mercy, which burst onto the national stage as celebrities and criminal justice reform advocates discovered her case.

In his commutation, the governor called Brown's case one that "appears to me to be a proper one for the exercise of executive clemency."

"Over her more than fourteen years of incarceration, Ms. Brown has demonstrated extraordinary growth and rehabilitation," the commutation said.

It was a remarkable victory for Brown after years of legal setbacks.

Brown said she was forced into prostitution and was scared for her life when she shot 43-year-old Johnny Allen in the back of the head while they were in bed together.

Allen, a local real estate agent, had picked her up at an East Nashville Sonic restaurant and taken her to his home.

Brown, now 30, was tried as an adult and convicted of first-degree murder in 2006. She was given a life sentence. Had Haslam declined to intervene, Brown would not have been eligible for parole until she was 69.

The state parole board, which considered Brown's case in 2018, gave the governor a split recommendation, with some recommending early release and some recommending she stay in prison.

Lawyers for Brown applauded the governor's decision.

"This is truly a joyful moment — for Cyntoia and for all of us who have worked to help her," the statement from Charles Bone and J.Houston Gordon, Brown's lead attorneys.

"The governor's decision is proof that our justice system works and it marks the beginning" of a new chapter for Cyntoia.

In recent years, celebrities have highlighted her case, fueling intense interest and a renewed legal fight to get her out of prison.

Activists, lawmakers and celebrities, including Rihanna and Kim Kardashian West, have cited Brown's case as an illustration of a broken justice system. Brown was a victim herself, they said, and didn't deserve her punishment.

Her impending release sets the stage for her to join their ranks.

During her time in prison, Brown completed her GED and got a college degree from Lipscomb University. Her allies say she hopes to apply her education by supporting social justice issues through her own nonprofit.

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« Reply #16 on: January 07, 2019, 10:28:56 am »
Monday, 7th December 2019
Lex Luthor Ordered To Stay Away From Accuser
by Bethonie Butler

Kevin Spacey appeared Monday in a Massachusetts court, where attorneys entered a not-guilty plea on behalf of the 59-year-old actor, who was arraigned on a felony charge of indecent assault and battery.
Spacey is accused of groping an 18-year-old man at a Nantucket bar in 2016.

The actor wore a gray suit, floral shirt and polka-dot tie and stood expressionless next to his attorney, Alan Jackson, for most of the hearing, during which Judge Thomas S. Barrett ordered Spacey to have no contact with his alleged victim, at the request of the prosecution.

Barrett set the next pretrial hearing for March 4 at 11 a.m. and agreed that Spacey would not have to appear in court but would need to be available by phone.

The judge also agreed to a motion by Spacey’s attorneys to preserve cellphone and cloud data from the victim for six months after the alleged assault, but noted that this requirement could be modified throughout the course of the case.

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« Reply #17 on: January 09, 2019, 07:30:09 am »
All eyez are on the United States District Court Eastern District of New York

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« Reply #18 on: January 31, 2019, 03:39:42 am »
Wednesday, 30th January 2019
33 arrested for sex trafficking in Super Bowl sting
by Lauren Padgett

With Super Bowl LIII just days away, federal officials have been keeping a fixed eye on concerns of sex trafficking in the metro Atlanta area.

On Wednesday, authorities with Homeland Security said that 33 people have been arrested for sex trafficking during the last four days of active investigation in the Atlanta area. Four people have been recovered to date.

“Our operations are continuing so I won’t go specifically into what we’re doing because we plan to run those operations throughout the rest of the Super Bowl,” said Nick Annan, Atlanta Special Agent in Charge for Homeland Security Investigations.

“We’ve been up and running for the last four days of our operations, but we plan to continue what we’re doing.”

Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen said that 1,600 victims were rescued from sex trafficking last year and over 300 people were arrested.

“As you know, unfortunately some of these are networks, so part of what HSI does is work with other federal partners to take down the entire transnational organization,” Nielsen said.

“We do have a victim focus and make sure we provide services.”

Atlanta is considered one of the biggest hubs of sex trafficking nationwide. And the illegal business is prominent during major sporting events, according to research.

Right now, the search is on to find missing teenage girls from Atlanta. Some believe they could possibly be sex trafficking victims or vulnerable to become victims. Their families are fearing for their safety.

The group S.O.A.P. (Save Our Adolescents from Prostitution) is taking the initiative to find the girls to get them home before such a disturbing fate materializes for them.

S.O.A.P spent the weekend passing out flyers with the names and photos of the sixteen girls.
They are all young women in their teens - and they're all missing in metro Atlanta.

According to S.O.A.P, two girls on the flyer have been identified as having been to hotels recently in the city.
"Hotel staff were able to identify two of the girls and said they had seen them recently," a S.O.A.P. spokesperson told 11Alive.

"Now they will be able to alert authorities the next time they see them."

S.O.A.P says identifying them is a huge first step in rescuing them. Now they’re hoping the hotels will notify them.

S.O.A.P. National holds outreach programs across the United States and provides resources to high-risk areas and motels.

The organization handed out bars of soap to hotels in Atlanta, labeled with resources for sex trafficking victims.

And along with the list of teens on the poster is a number to call - the Human Trafficking Hotline Number - which is 1-888-3737-888 or, alternatively, 1-800-THE-LOST.

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« Reply #19 on: February 23, 2019, 03:43:06 am »
Wednesday, 28th November 2019
puppetine’s Labor Secretary Once Helped a serial Child Rapist Hide His Crimes
by Eric Levitz

Imagine you are a U.S. Attorney, spearheading the prosecution of an alleged serial sexual abuser of children.

You have statements from dozens of self-identified victims — teenage girls who do not know each other, and yet tell virtually identical stories (even providing corroborating descriptions of the suspect’s genitalia).

The victims unanimously say that the suspect operated a kind of “sex pyramid scheme,” in which he would:

1) Offer barely pubescent girls a lot of money to come to his house and give him a “massage.”

2) Coerce them into performing sex acts during and after the massages.

3) Offer those who liked the money — but not the molestation — more pay in exchange for luring other barely pubescent girls to his home.

Your team has uncovered phone records, flight logs, and written messages that corroborate the alleged victims’ claims.

Someone who worked in the suspect’s home has given you a sworn statement, confirming that “young girls” were constantly entering and leaving the house — and that, on one occasion, he “accidentally stumbled on a high school girl” sleeping naked in the suspect’s spa.

A search of the suspect’s property turned up naked photos of underage girls, written instructions for delivering flowers to a local high school, a dresser drawer full of sex toys, and loose dangling wires all over the property — the suspect having, apparently, removed all of his computer hard drives, surveillance cameras, and videos from the house shortly before your team arrived.

The house perfectly matches the alleged victims (uniform) descriptions.

Meanwhile, investigators have begun to uncover evidence that the suspect was involved in bringing 13-year-old girls from Brazil and Ecuador to the United States to work as prostitutes at his sex parties.
As that investigation is moving forward, the suspect’s attorneys offer you a deal: The suspect will plead guilty to two state-level prostitution charges, in exchange for:

• Immunity from all related federal criminal charges — not only for himself, but also for “any potential co-conspirators’’ who might have been involved in those alleged federal crimes.

This provision would effectively forbid the FBI from looking any further into the evidence of international sex trafficking, and, essentially, make it retroactively legal for anyone to have conspired with the suspect to rape any of the alleged victims.

• A 13-month sentence, to be served in a private wing of a county jail – except for the six days a week when the suspect works.

On those days, he will be allowed to commute to his private office, and “work” for 12 hours.

• A commitment that this agreement will be kept secret from the self-identified victims, so that they do not have the opportunity to protest the arrangement in court (even though keeping a plea agreement secret from victims is an ostensible violation of federal law).

Would you accept this plea agreement?

If you are Donald Trump’s Labor secretary, then the answer is yes.

All the facts described above are not actually from a bizarre hypothetical, but rather, from the actual prosecution of billionaire hedge-fund manager Jeffrey Epstein, as detailed by a bombshell investigation from the Miami Herald.

In 2008, then–U.S. Attorney Alexander Acosta agreed to derail an active FBI investigation into a sex-trafficking ring — and let a man who was transparently guilty of molesting and/or raping dozens of underage girls serve a 13-month sentence (the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office then approved his 12-hour-a-day, six-days-a-week work-release arrangement).

Acosta would later attribute the leniency of the agreement to, in part, harassment from Epstein’s high-powered legal team — which, according to the Herald, hired private investigators to dig up dirt on the billionaire’s victims, on the police officers investigating Epstein’s crimes, and on federal prosecutors.

But emails and documents obtained by the Herald suggest that the relationship between federal prosecutors and Epstein’s team was often more collaborative than adversarial:

It’s clear, from emails and other records, that prosecutors spent a lot of time figuring out a way to settle the case with the least amount of scandal.

Instead of charging Epstein with a sex offense, prosecutors considered witness tampering and obstruction charges, and misdemeanors that would allow Epstein to secretly plead guilty in Miami, instead of in Palm Beach County, where most of the victims lived, thereby limiting media exposure and making it less likely for victims to appear at the sentencing.

The email chain shows that prosecutors sometimes communicated with the defense team using private emails, and that their correspondence referenced discussions that they wanted to have by phone or in person, so that there would be no paper trail.

“It’s highly unusual and raises suspicions of something unethical happening when you see emails that say ‘call me, I don’t want to put this in writing.’

There’s no reason to worry about putting something in writing if there’s nothing improper or unethical in the case,’’ said former federal prosecutor Francey Hakes, who worked in the Justice Department’s crimes against children unit.

Conspiracy theorists often fantasize about nefarious, elite cabals that sexually abuse and traffic children with impunity, because their secret, private power supersedes that of all national governments.

It is hard to examine the facts of the Epstein case and not wonder if those folks in the tin-foil hats aren’t onto something.

Epstein had no shortage of powerful friends, including Bill Clinton, Donald Trump, Prince Andrew, and Alan Dershowitz — all of whom, at various points, frequented planes and properties that Epstein allegedly used for sexually abusing girls, sometimes with other men.

At least some of Epstein’s powerful friends appear to have been aware of his crimes. For example, the current president of the United States told New York Magazine in 2002,

“I’ve known Jeff for fifteen years. Terrific guy. He’s a lot of fun to be with. It is even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side. No doubt about it — Jeffrey enjoys his social life.”

One of Epstein’s alleged victims, Virginia Giuffre, has claimed in court papers that she was recruited into the billionaire’s child sex ring when she was 15 — and working as a towel girl at Mar-a-Lago.

She also claims that Dershowitz and Prince Andrew participated in her sexual abuse.

The star attorney and British royal have vigorously denied those allegations.

Still, the incomprehensible leniency of Epstein’s plea deal — and the extraordinary provision immunizing any unnamed co-conspirators who participated in his trafficking ring from federal charges — both invite the dark suspicion that federal prosecutors felt compelled to protect an individual, or individuals, who were even more powerful than Epstein.

The Herald floats an alternative explanation for the prosecutors’ behavior — but it’s less than satisfying:

The Herald learned that, as part of the plea deal, Epstein provided what the government called “valuable consideration” for unspecified information he supplied to federal investigators.

While the documents obtained by the Herald don’t detail what the information was, Epstein’s sex crime case happened just as the country’s subprime mortgage market collapsed, ushering in the 2008 global financial crisis.

Records show that Epstein was a key federal witness in the criminal prosecution of two prominent executives with Bear Stearns, the global investment brokerage that failed in 2008, who were accused of corporate securities fraud.

Epstein was one of the largest investors in the hedge fund managed by the executives, who were later acquitted.

It is not known what role, if any, the case played in Epstein’s plea negotiations.

Generally speaking, American prosecutors do not take corporate securities fraud more seriously than serial child molestation and sex trafficking.

But whatever the motivation behind Acosta’s decision, his acceptance of Epstein’s plea agreement surely disqualifies him from leading a federal agency responsible for combating sex trafficking.

Anyhow, this summary only scratches the surface of the Herald’s incredible investigation, which is worth reading in full.

You should also check out New York Magazine’s contemporary reporting on the investigation into Epstein.

Although, be advised:

Reading about Jeffrey Epstein for longer than 45 minutes may lead one to conclude that 4-chan posts about “Pizzagate” paint a more accurate picture of the American ruling class than, say, all those uplifting speeches at John McCain’s funeral.

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« Reply #20 on: March 18, 2019, 08:43:04 am »
Saturday, 16th February 2019
Allison Mack: Smallville Star Ordered Back To Court Over NXIVM Defense Fund
by Noah Villaverde

Federal court judge Nicholas Garaufis has ordered the six indicted members of the sex cult NXIVM to appear back in court in an upcoming trial. This includes former Smallville actress Allison Mack.

The Smallville star, who portrayed Chloe Sullivan as a series regular for the entire 10 season run is due to make a court appearance on Wednesday.

Allison Mack, along with NXIVM cult leader Keith Raniere continue to face legal issues regarding sex trafficking as a result of allegedly running a master-slave sex ring.

The legal battle with the Smallville actress and her fellow NXIVM Raniere, Seagram’s liquor heiress Clare Bronfman, Lauren Salzman, Nancy Salzman, and Kathy Russell has raged one for over a year and according to a recent report from last week, the former cult members are displeased with each other.

Prosecutors involved with the trial have claimed that the NXIVM defense fund that was set up by Bronfman could be used as a means to coerce others involved.

Susan Necheles, who serves as Bronfman’s attorney claims that the fund’s structure deems coercion impossible.

According to Judge Garaufis, about 25 percent of the undisclosed amount of money in the fund remains, and will likely run out before the trial.

The Salzman duo, who is facing charges in racketeering and Russell, who is facing identity theft charges will appear in court on Thursday and Friday, with opening statements set for April 29.

This new update is just one of many that have appeared during the bizarre trial, including a recent attempt to use Scientology as an example for why some of the issues cited with NXIVM during the trail should be considered unwarranted.

Given how long this trial has gone on for, that isn’t exactly a surprise either but it definitely gives fans an intriguing peek behind the curtain for what’s going on behind-the-scenes of the trial.

As the trial with Smallville‘s Allison Mack continues, there doesn’t seem to be any signs of it slowing down anytime soon.

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« Reply #21 on: March 19, 2019, 05:09:23 pm »
Tuesday, 19th March 2019
Smallville’s Allison Mack May Be Negotiating Plea to ‘Cruel and Punitive’ Role in Sex Trafficking Case

by Jeff Truesdell

Three defendants accused of crimes from sex trafficking to conspiracy as part of a controversial New York-based self-help group are in “active plea negotiations” as their scheduled trial next month draws near, according to prosecutors.

This revelation came out in court on Monday as a fourth defendant, Nxivm co-founder Keith Raniere, entered a not guilty plea to newly filed child pornography charges related to the case, according to the AlbanyTimes Union, CBS News and the Associated Press.

Among those charged is actress Allison Mack, who was accused last April of sex trafficking, sex trafficking conspiracy and forced labor conspiracy through her involvement with Nxivm and its sub-group DOS, which prosecutors have described as an all-female secret society of “masters” and “slaves” in which women allegedly were forced to be sexually subservient to Raniere.

“These slaves said Mack was incredibly intimidating, cruel and punitive,” a source close to two former DOS members told The Hollywood Reporter in a cover story published last May.

Raniere earlier pleaded not guilty to all other charges against him in the case.

A fifth defendant, the Seagram liquor fortune heiress Clare Bronfman, likely will be the only one besides Raniere to go to trial, Bronfman’s attorney Mark Geragos said in court Monday, reports CBS News.

That would leave Mack, along with former Nxvim bookkeeper Kathy Russell and Lauren Salzman, the daughter of Raniere’s second-in-command Nancy Salzman, as the three remaining defendants with whom prosecutors are in “active plea negotiations,” according to the statement in court Monday by Assistant U.S. Attorney Moira Penza, reports the Associated Press.

The prosecutor’s office declined PEOPLE’s request to formally identify those with whom they were negotiating.

Along with Mack, Russell and Lauren Salzman also have pleaded not guilty to the charges against them.

Nancy Salzman, who co-founded Nxvim with Raniere, pleaded guilty Wednesday to racketeering conspiracy in the case, insisting to a judge, despite her plea, “I still believe some of what we did was good,” reports the Times Union.

It was the first conviction in the case that has drawn the attention of federal investigators.

Nxivm was based out of Albany, New York, and has been the subject of scrutiny from both law enforcement and journalists after it came under fire from Dynasty actress Catherine Oxenberg, whose estranged daughter, India, joined the group in 2011.

Oxenberg first opened up to PEOPLE in 2017 about how she believed India had been “brainwashed” by Nxivm.

Last month a federal judge denied a third request for bail from Raniere, meaning he will remain behind bars until at least April 29 — the scheduled start of his trial on sex trafficking and forced labor charges.

The judge’s decision to reject the motion for $1 million bail argues that Raniere remains a flight risk, according to records obtained by PEOPLE.

The order refers to Raniere’s decision to travel to Mexico in the fall of 2017, upon learning investigators were closing in on Nxivm to arrest some of its senior members.

Nxivm, which suspended operations in 2018, has been described by at least one former member as a “cult.”

Mack, one of the group’s most prominent members, is best known for her years-long role as Chloe Sullivan on The WB’s Smallville.

She is facing a minimum sentence of 15 years in prison if convicted on all charges.

Raniere, who was arrested in March 2018, faces the same charges plus wire fraud and racketeering.

If convicted, he could be sentenced to life in prison.

Federal investigators have accused Mack of recruiting women into the Nxivm sub-group that was purported to be a female mentorship group to address their weaknesses but was, allegedly, a group created by Raniere that took advantage of women sexually.

“The victims were then exploited, both sexually and for their labor, to the defendants’ benefit,” Richard P. Donoghue, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, alleged in a statement issued at the time of Mack’s arrest, referring to both Mack and Raniere.

Bronfman was charged last July with racketeering conspiracy in connection to her involvement with the group.

She has pleaded not guilty and was released on a $100 million bond, according to the Associated Press.

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« Reply #22 on: April 08, 2019, 03:27:22 pm »
Monday, 8th April 2019
Allison Mack of Smallville Pleads Guilty in Nxivm Sex Trafficking Case

by KC Baker

Smallville actress Allison Mack has pleaded guilty to charges related to her involvement with a controversial self-help group described as having a secret society of “masters” and sexually subservient “slaves” within it, PEOPLE confirms.

A spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Eastern District of New York tells PEOPLE that Mack was scheduled to appear in court at 11:30 a.m. to plead guilty.

The spokesman says she is pleading guilty to racketeering conspiracy and racketeering.

Prosecutors have accused her of recruiting sex slaves for Keith Raniere, who co-founded the controversial self-help group Nxivm and its subgroup, DOS, described as an all-female secret society in which women allegedly were forced to be sexually subservient to Raniere.

On Monday, Mack, 36, appeared in U.S. District Court in Brooklyn, where jury selection in her trial was set to begin.

Best known for her years-long role as a young Superman’s friend, Chloe Sullivan, on The WB’s Smallville, Mack was charged last spring with sex trafficking, sex trafficking conspiracy, and forced labor conspiracy.
One of the group’s most prominent members, Mack faced a minimum sentence of 15 years in prison if convicted on all charges.

“Alison Mack’s life is in ruins and I can’t help but feel sadness for her. At the same time, she had to be stopped. What she participated in was dangerous and criminal,”

says actress Catherine Oxenberg, whose daughter India Oxenberg was also famously involved with Nxivm, in a statement to PEOPLE.

Last month a judge denied a request by Mack’s lawyer to delay her trial so he could have more time to negotiate a plea deal for his high-profile client, local station CBS New York reports.

The actress was among six people accused of sex trafficking, forced labor, racketeering, wire fraud and other charges for their roles in Nxivm, which operated out of Albany but suspended operations last spring.

It has been described by at least one former member as a “cult.”

Federal investigators have accused Mack of recruiting women into DOS, which was purported to be a female mentorship group to address members’ weaknesses but was, allegedly, a group created by Raniere that took advantage of women sexually.

“The victims were then exploited, both sexually and for their labor, to the defendants’ benefit,” Richard P. Donoghue, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, alleged in a statement issued at the time of Mack’s arrest, referring to both Mack and Raniere.

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« Reply #23 on: May 10, 2019, 03:57:36 pm »
Friday, 10th May 2019
From TV Star To Accused Sex Trafficker

by Sandra Gonzales

In 2013, actress Allison Mack, then best known for her 10-season run on the television series "Smallville," posted a video to her YouTube channel titled "You asked, I answered."

With a tree-filled yard as her background, she answers questions that range from innocuous (her favorite snacks are cucumbers with peach salsa and roasted buttercup squash, she says) to reflective ("I want to be remembered for the way that I impacted people.")
Four years later, one question from that video stands out -- "What's it like working for Jness?"

Without providing much context on the group itself, Mack says, "Working for Jness is, I think, the most gratifying thing I've ever done."

She makes references to how women "completely transform" because of their involvement with the group.

Jness is a company founded by Keith Raniere, who along with Mack, is facing charges of sex trafficking, sex trafficking conspiracy and forced labor conspiracy.

center]Mack has entered a not guilty plea.

Requests for comment sent to Mack and Raniere's attorneys by CNN have gone unanswered.

According to Raniere's profile on the website for Nxivm, the group that prosecutors say is a pyramid scheme and the umbrella organization under which Raniere and Mack carried out the crimes of which they are accused, Jness was formed "to promote the furtherance and empowerment of women throughout the world."

"Working for Jness is grounding and satisfying and humbling and, and...wonderful," she says, the edges of her mouth curling up into a slight smile.


Leaving the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York on Tuesday, Mack was a shadow of the bubbly woman who waxed poetic about her favorite scarf on YouTube just a few years ago.
Mack was released from jail on $5 million bond just days after being indicted.

Mack's mother, Melinda Mack, put up her home as collateral, according to court documents.

Raniere remains in federal custody.

Mack will be under house arrest in California and her release comes with a number of conditions, including one which states she is prohibited from contacting or associating with any present or former members of Nxivm (pronounced NEX-ium), court documents say.

She must also wear an electronic monitoring device and can't use a computer or access the internet through any means, unless it's to communicate with her legal counsel or other pre-approved persons.

Mack is in the process of negotiating a plea deal with prosecutors, according to public filings.

Lauren Hersh, a former prosecutor and national director of advocacy group World Without Exploitation, says a plea agreement would likely not be a get out of jail free card for Mack but notes that important questions remain.

"If I were the prosecutor here, I would want to understand how she got pulled into this world, and what kind of trauma, if any, she experienced -- not that it would mean she should not be guilty of the harm she caused to another person," said Hersh.

"But it may, in certain circumstances, make things make sense and may mitigate in some respects."

How did Allison Mack get involved?

At the height of "Smallville's" popularity, Mack enjoyed the attention given to any star whose TV show is closely followed by scores of young, passionate fans.

While "Smallville" was never a ratings behemoth, appearances from the show's actors at San Diego Comic-Con could fill thousands of seats and though the show's debut predated the creation of Twitter, its fans were among the first wave to use the platform to voice their opinions on episodes.
Mack's character, Chloe Sullivan, was especially popular.

So much so, that DC Comics introduced the character into the comic book mythology in 2010, The Hollywood Reporter noted in 2011.

So where did it apparently go wrong for Mack?

In a cached page from her now-deleted personal website, Mack's biography states that she "immersed herself in the study of her craft in both conventional and unconventional ways," after completing her work on "Smallville."
"The more 'unconventional' approach came when Allison came across the work of Keith Raniere," the website states.

"Over the course of several years, Mr. Raniere mentored Allison in her study of acting and music. As such, she has developed a deep connection to the nature of humanity as it relates to acting as an art form, and a tool for personal evolution."

It is through her love of acting, it seems, that Mack and Raniere have or had a connection.

In a 2017 Nxivm recruitment video featuring Mack and Raniere on YouTube, Mack cries at one point as Raniere carries on for several minutes about "authenticity."

"I guess that's probably part of the reason I have such an obsession with art and creativity and things like that because it feels like the sole purpose of those sorts of things is to generate that type of experience for people," she says, with a shaky voice.

Traffickers are extremely perceptive in figuring out a person's vulnerabilities and preying on those vulnerabilities, Hersh said.

"So, yes, we have an accomplished woman who has a network of people and who is successful, but that doesn't mean she's not vulnerable, that doesn't mean she doesn't have vulnerabilities," she said.

Mack's website says Raniere, Mack and a "small group of equally skilled and dedicated professionals" created a curriculum for a "private arts academy" called "The Source" in 2013.

The Source is among the Nxivm-connected groups named by prosecutors in their filings.
DOS, an alleged secret society within Nxivm, is allegedly the subgroup in which sex trafficking activities took place.

Mack's individual experiences within the Nxivm are unclear, but in court documents, prosecutors paint a disturbing picture of what the women Mack recruited went through.

The indictment claims Mack recruited two women, whose names are withheld, into DOS, which was created in 2015.

The sub-group, prosecutors allege, operated under a pyramid formation, in which women were designated as "slaves" until successfully recruiting others, at which time they became "masters."

All so-called slaves were at the service of their own masters as well as those above them in the pyramid.

The indictment claims many so-called slaves were branded on their pelvic areas with a symbol which, unbeknownst to them, incorporated Raniere's initials.

Documents describe "branding ceremonies," in which women were held down by others while naked and filmed as they were branded with a cauterizing pen.

Raniere was the only male in DOS and the leader, according to court filings.

Prosecutors believe Mack was near the top of the pyramid with Raniere and "directly or implicitly required" her slaves to engage in sexual activity with Raniere.

Mack allegedly received financial and other benefits from Raniere in exchange for the women's cooperation with their demands.

FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge William F. Sweeney Jr. called the allegations "an inconceivable crime" in a statement last week.

Prosecutors say Mack's accusers claim they were blackmailed into complying, as DOS has compromising information about them.

That, Hersh said, is a classic tactic of traffickers who aim to prevent their victims from speaking out.

"Very often, there are trauma bonds that are established and that's when victims tend to, for a whole host or reasons, do what that perpetrator wants them to do," she said.

"Very often victims are too traumatized, too terrified to report the perpetrator. They've been told repeatedly that 'Nobody is going to believe you.' or that, in this instance, if you share information about this secret society, we're going to disseminate any harmful information you shared."

The "grooming process" also normalizes the experience, Hersh said, enabling victims to be turned into recruiters.

"I wouldn't be surprised that as we unpack this we learn that [Mack] is not just a perpetrator but a victim as well," she said.

Mack's "Smallville" co-star Kristin Kreuk admitted some involvement with Nxivm in a note posted to her Twitter account last last month.

She said she was 23 when she took a course in hope it would help her overcome shyness.

"During my time, I never experienced any illegal or nefarious activity," she wrote.
She says she left the group five years ago.

'Intolerant of exploitation'

If convicted, Raniere and Mack each face mandatory minimum sentences of 15 years imprisonment, and up to life imprisonment.

As the case unfolds, Hersh feels there are important takeaways to be noted.
"I think where we're in a moment in time where we realized that there are a lot of secrets in [the entertainment] industry and it is our obligation to look really closely at all these circumstances, understand them, and be really intolerant of exploitation," she said.

Also, she said, it's important to understand that sex trafficking is not just something that happens to "foreign-born victims in far away places."

"And I think it's an issue we all...need to understand because I think this highlights how vulnerabilities come in all shapes and sizes," she said.

"So in order to prevent it -- I mean, there are many things that need to happen -- but we all need to be aware of these circumstances."

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Re: Black Dominatrix uses clients for 'emotional reparations'
« Reply #24 on: May 27, 2019, 09:00:31 pm »
Cults are so terrifying to me.  We need more critical thinking in our society. 

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« Reply #25 on: May 27, 2019, 09:35:39 pm »
Mack needs to be locked up for a very long time because she's a criminal.   

Her defense is that 'she was the victim', which is b_____t considering that she choose the dom role in her extreme bondage S&M perversion with this group.

I can understand if she were the sub, however, not the case in her circumstance.

The only exception acceptable to avoid serious jail time would be for her testimony to bring the entire organization down. 

If not, the final outcome should be guilty as charged & give her the maximum penalty including putting her ass on the sex offender registry.

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« Reply #26 on: June 03, 2019, 12:37:36 pm »
As a fan of Smallville, it sucks that the pretty Ms. Mack got drawn into such an organization.  But when you do the crime....
It definitely kind of taints the legacy of the show.  I'd still watch in on video, though.

... on a side note, the Trump Cult definitely needs to be put in check.  99% of Republican officials have co-signed onto it.  Shameful.
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« Reply #27 on: June 14, 2019, 12:05:34 pm »
Tuesday, 11th June 2019
Former NXIVM Member Says Allison Mack Told Her To ‘Go Be A Good Slave’
by David Moye

Former “Smallville” cast member Allison Mack used her fame to lure women into the NXIVM sex cult for the group’s leader Keith Raniere, a former member testified in court on Monday.

The witness, a 31-year-old woman identified only as “Nicole,” said she met Mack in 2014 when she was struggling to make a living as an actress in Los Angeles, according to CNN.

Nicole’s boyfriend at the time suggested she take a program of courses offered by NXIVM in upstate New York that combined acting and psychology to reduce the fears she felt when auditioning, she told the court.

Nicole was uncomfortable with the way members idolized Raniere, she said, but she stuck with the program and even began teaching classes to make money.

In February 2016, Nicole said, Mack invited her to join “the Vow,” an all-women’s mentoring group within NXIVM where the members rigorously pushed each other in the name of self-improvement.

“She told me about this women’s organization,” Nicole testified.

“That it was gonna make me feel better. It would be exactly what would help me get out of where I was mentally right then.”

Nicole said Mack told her that in order to learn about the group, she’d need “collateral” ? the group’s term for damaging information that could be used against Nicole if she ever left.

Nicole said Mack convinced her to write a letter falsely accusing her father of sexually abusing her.
She was also made to sign a variety of documents, including non-compete contracts, papers releasing NXIVM from liability for “physical and psychological injuries” and “disfigurement,” and an agreement allowing Raniere to take credit for anything she published, according to the New York Post.

After Nicole signed all the papers, she said, Mack told her “the Vow” would be a lifetime commitment and she’d have to be branded.

She said Mack told her they were now in a master-slave relationship, and that Nicole was forbidden to sleep with her then-boyfriend and was to remain celibate for three months.

“[Mack] said that she couldn’t let me out no matter how hard I cried because it would show me that if I cried hard enough, I could get out of anything,” she testified.

During her testimony on Friday, Nicole said Mack brought her to Albany to be near Raniere and to tell him she would do anything he asked, according to The New York Times.

Nicole said Mack then told her, “Now go be a good slave.”

The next day, she said, Raniere blindfolded her and took her to a house where she was ordered to disrobe.

Nicole testified that Raniere tied her wrists and ankles to a table and started asking questions about her sexual past.

She said that a third person, who she later learned was female, began performing oral sex on her.

“I was so confused,” Nicole told the court. “It’s terrifying.”

Raniere, 58, is currently on trial for racketeering and sex trafficking, as well as conspiracy, identity theft, extortion, forced labor, money laundering and wire fraud.

He has pleaded not guilty to the charges, but Mack, 36, pleaded guilty in April to two federal counts of racketeering and racketeering conspiracy.

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A Woman Said Allison Mack Told Her Seducing The NXIVM “Cult” Founder Would Heal Her Sexual Abuse Trauma
by Michael Blackmon

(BROOKLYN, NY) — A former member of an alleged sex cult testified Tuesday that she knew she had to escape after former Smallville actor Allison Mack instructed her to seduce the group’s founder — saying it would help heal her previous trauma of sexual abuse.

Jay testified that she joined the group — part of the purported self-help organization NXIVM — under the guise that it was a place for women’s empowerment, and hoped to foster close friendships with women in the “secret society.”

The NXIVM founder, Keith Raniere, is on trial in Brooklyn federal court for sex trafficking, sex trafficking conspiracy, racketeering, and conspiracy to commit forced labor.

The court is identifying women who are alleged victims of sexual abuse by their first names only.

In the spring of 2017, as a part of DOS, the secret group within NXIVM where women became “slaves,” Jay said Mack told her she needed to seduce Raniere, have sex with him, and allow him to take a photo of her nude.

“This is going to help you get rid of all your sexual abuse trauma,” Jay, 29, said Mack told her.

As part of DOS, Jay testified that she had to turn over personal, compromising information known as “collateral.”

That included a video recording in which she recounted how she was sexually abused by her uncle when she was 12 years old.
Jay said she was open with Mack about the abuse she endured as a child, adding that she felt upset the actor was “using that against [her].”

“And I give you permission to enjoy it,” Jay said Mack told her after instructing her to seduce Raniere.

“Internally, I was just like, You f*cking bitch,” Jay said, adding that at that moment she realized she “needed to get the f*ck out of there.”

Mack, who was allegedly Raniere’s second-in-command, previously pleaded guilty to racketeering and conspiracy charges for her involvement in NXIVM.

Jay’s testimony is similar to that of another former DOS “slave” — a woman identified as Sylvie — who took the stand in early May and said she was told to “seduce Keith.”

Jay went on to say that she decided to “play along” with the task while she was plotting her escape from the group.

Before leaving on a preplanned trip to Mexico with her family, Jay said she took screenshots of the Dropbox folder hosting DOS members’ collateral, including several photos of naked women.

Mark Vicente, a former high-ranking member of NXIVM, testified last month that he convinced Jay to send him the images she saved of the collateral so he could give it to the FBI.

Vicente said he first alerted authorities to the group.

Jay didn’t discuss in detail her decision to pass the information to Vicente.

Once Jay left for her vacation to Mexico, she said it was a “process” to fully extricate herself from DOS.

Jay said that in her final conversation with Mack, the actor said she felt like she “failed” Jay and began to cry.

Jay said she responded with a NXIVM phrase Mack would often use:

“It’s nothing personal. But if you want to feel that way, you’re entitled to feel that way.”

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« Reply #28 on: June 14, 2019, 02:23:48 pm »
Monday, 10th June 2019
Former Slave Describes Allison Mack’s Alleged Abusive, Terrifying Behavior in Detail

by EJ Dickson

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In the early, frigid months of 2016, Nicole was struggling. An aspiring actress with pin-straight dark hair and small, delicate features, Nicole had lived for years in Los Angeles, where she had had some minor success booking commercial work; she had just moved to New York City to build her stage career.

But almost immediately, Nicole regretted the move.

In the few months after moving to New York, she had barely booked any auditions, nor had she made many friends.

She was deeply lonely, and at one point seriously considered taking her own life.

“I kept telling myself things would take time. But I was working really long hours and I was barely able to pay my bills,” she said, her previously chirpy voice quaking.

Despondent, she emailed her friend and acting teacher.

Allison Mack had spent a decade playing Chloe Sullivan on the long-running CW show Smallville, and she had served as something of a mentor to Nicole when she had been a student in her acting course the Source.

“I looked up to her,” Nicole said.

“She had a lot of discipline and had reached a certain level in her career.”

In her email, Nicole confessed to Mack that she was depressed and suicidal and was struggling to make sense of her life.

Mack was kind and reassuring.

“She said she had something she thought would fix how I was feeling,” Nicole said.

“It was gonna make everything better.”

Mack described it as a “really cool women’s mentorship [program]… for women who were serious about being strong women.”

But Mack had one condition.

“If I wanted to get more information on this mentorship, I’d have to provide collateral,” she said.

This revelation drew audible groans among spectators at the U.S. District Court – Eastern District of New York, where Nicole, who was identified only by that first name, was testifying in the trial of Keith Raniere, the head of the shadowy self-help organization NXIVM, who is facing criminal charges of racketeering and sex trafficking.

(Mack has pleaded guilty to racketeering and racketeering conspiracy charges.) As other former members of NXIVM have testified over the past few weeks, the concept of providing “collateral,” such as nude or sexually explicit photos or humiliating testimonials, was the first step to becoming a part of DOS, the alleged all-female sex cult within NXIVM headed by Raniere, who was known as the “grandmaster” of DOS.

Nicole didn’t know this at the time; as she claimed during her testimony, she didn’t even know Raniere was involved with DOS at all.

She had no idea that as part of her role in NXIVM, she would be asked to seduce Raniere; she had no idea that she would be blindfolded, tied down and told to have oral sex with someone whose identity would be kept a secret from her; she had no idea she would be subject to physical punishments, or asked to pose for invasive, close-up photos of her vulva, or branded with Raniere’s initials.

All she knew was what Mack told her in a follow-up meeting at New York City’s Ace Hotel:

that she was being invited to join an “intense, growing empowerment group where women were pushing each other to be stronger, physically, mentally, intellectually, so that they could live the kind of life that they wanted to.”

Nicole was on board.

She trusted and respected Mack, who was just a few years older than Nicole and had built the type of career aspiring actors dream of having.

Besides, she had few other options.

“Being mentored by another woman — being mentored by anyone, I think — in my mind at that time, was a privilege,” she said.

In many respects, Nicole’s tale of being drawn into DOS for a year was similar to that of other DOS slaves who have testified during the trial — yet she also cut a starkly different figure from many of the other women:

unlike the wan, more self-serious Lauren Salzman or the patrician British runner and equestrian Sylvie, both of whom testified as serving as slaves under Raniere, Nicole was younger and had been in NXIVM for only a few years before leaving in 2017.

(Salzman, by contrast, spent decades serving Raniere.) Compared to other former NXIVM members who have taken the stand, she seemed much more winsome, even childlike, her speech peppered with “reallys” and “totallys” and occasionally waxing effusive about acting classes she had taken or her fondness for Harry Potter.

Under direct examination by Assistant U.S. Attorney Moira Penza, Nicole rattled off her childhood theater roles with the facility of a longtime theater kid:

Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, Cinderella in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella.

But Nicole’s story was similar to other DOS slaves in one crucial respect:

more than anything, she wanted to be considered a strong, empowered woman, and to be cast in strong, independent female roles:

“I wanted to be like Wonder Woman. I wanted to play that role,” she said.

Nicole said she was first introduced to the Source, the acting curriculum under the NXIVM umbrella, by her ex-boyfriend Mark Hildreth, star of the TV show Resurrection.

Hildreth had described it as an acting-cum-psychology intensive that was “part of a program that worked on making you a better person,” she said.

(Hildreth had also previously dated Kristin Kreuk, Mack’s former Smallville costar and allegedly a former NXIVM member.) Because the Source, which cost $8,000 to take, was also pitched as a way for actors to become credentialed to teach the class, Nicole was drawn to it as a possible money-making opportunity.

Nicole took the five-week course under Mack in 2015, and also attended V-Week, the annual celebration of Raniere’s birthday, that summer, sharing a room (and a bed) with Mack and another female student.

Although she did not meet Raniere at the time, it was there where she got her first taste of life in NXIVM.

“They very much put him on a pedestal and idolized him,” she testified.

“It just strikes me as weird because how would you know who the smartest man in the world is? It just sounds like bullsh*t to me.”

(At this point, the courtroom erupted into laughter, with the noticeable exception of Raniere, who sat stone-faced.)

In February 2016, less than a year after Nicole’s initial foray into NXIVM via the Source, Mack and Nicole met up at the Ace Hotel, where Mack elaborated on the secret “women’s empowerment group” she wanted Nicole to join.

She described the group, which was then called the Vow, as a mentorship organization intended to encourage women to become more resilient and self-sufficient; the harder, stronger, smarter, more badass versions of themselves.

More importantly, she also elaborated on what she meant by “collateral,” asking Nicole to provide a sexually explicit video of herself as well as letters that would hurt her family members or ruin her career.

The latter was hardest for Nicole, who described herself as very close to her family; she burst into tears when she recounted Mack telling her to write a letter falsely accusing her father of molesting her as a child, the same collateral Mack herself had provided.

But when Nicole balked, Mack assured her the letters would be placed in a lockbox, and were only intended as an exercise of “trust.”

“Don’t you want to be the kind of person who trusts someone?,” Nicole recounted Mack saying.

Nicole quickly sensed there was something off about DOS.

She was required to be available to check in with Mack at all times in exercises known as “readiness drills” and refer to her as “master,” and she was instructed by Mack to stay celibate for three months.

The intensity of the group unnerved Nicole.

“I had decided [DOS] just wasn’t for me,” she testified.

But when she told Mack she wanted to leave, Mack responded that leaving DOS “wasn’t an option” and that the group was a “lifetime commitment,” noting that at one point her own master had threatened to release her collateral if she didn’t get her act together.

“It’s the choice you made — now what are you gonna do about it?,” Mack taunted in an email to Nicole, which was read in court.

Mack’s response instilled a growing sense of dread in Nicole.

“I thought, ‘What did I do? What did I get myself into?'” she said.

Terrified that her collateral would be released if she left, she agreed to stay in DOS.

In April 2016, Nicole received another mission from Mack:

to reach out to Raniere, a task she framed as a “secret spy assignment.”

At this point, Nicole had never met Raniere, and had no idea why she would be asked to do such a thing.

But she reluctantly wrote him a polite email thanking him for his role in creating the Source, which elicited no response.

Mack encouraged her to reach out again, and to get more creative.

“How do you get the attention of the smartest man in the world?,” she rhetorically asked.

After three tries, Raniere finally responded, responding to one of Nicole’s inquiries about how to push past her fears to achieve freedom and joy in his trademark abstruse prose.

“True freedom in the physical world comes from absolute commitment to a principle,” he wrote in his email, adding a phrase that would recur during Nicole’s time in DOS: “Love is only measured by pain.”

They began taking walks together during Nicole’s visits to Clifton Park, New York, where NXIVM was headquartered and where both Raniere and Mack lived.

“He would talk to me about trust in general an how it would get you closer to enlightenment or this idea of freedom…. if you trust someone completely,” Nicole testified.

Shortly afterwards, Mack informed Nicole that she had another assignment, to tell Raniere that she would do anything he asked her to do.

This unnerved her, to say the least.

“My head started going through all sorts of things, worst case scenario,” she testified.

“What if he asked me to jump off a bridge and commit suicide, or hurt someone…or asked me never to speak to my family again?”

Next to those prospective scenarios, what he did ultimately ask her to do paled in comparison:

He blindfolded her and drove her to a house, where he asked her to take off her clothes and tied her down by her wrists and feet to a cold table.

It wasn’t until she felt someone performing oral sex on her that Nicole realized another person was in the room.

“I was so confused. I was like, ‘What is happening?,'” Nicole said, describing the situation as “terrifying.”

The whole time, she said, Raniere circled the table, asking her questions about her sexual history.

Later, he would only tell her that a woman had performed oral sex on her, and she would never find out who it was.

(In opening statements, prosecutor Moira Penza claimed it was a woman identified as Camila, one of three Mexican sisters in NXIVM who had sexual relationships with Raniere and another DOS slave.) When Nicole later told Mack what had happened, she seemed somewhat surprised, but commended her for her bravery.

She also said she had “earned working with Keith more,” Nicole testified.

That summer, Nicole learned what “working with Keith more” entailed:

In the summer of 2016, their relationship became sexual, with Nicole testifying that the two had sexual intercourse three or four times.

By this point, Nicole had become aware that Raniere was the head of DOS, and that he was also having a sexual relationship with Mack, who served as his slave; though he initially did not allow Nicole to tell Mack about the sexual relationship, Mack reportedly later became aware of it, telling Nicole,

“Isn’t it so cool that Keith is working on my sexuality through you?”

During her testimony, Nicole said she was not attracted to Raniere and was not interested in sleeping with him, an assertion that defense attorney Marc Agnifolo tried to refute during cross-examination by trying to introduce text messages allegedly sent from Nicole saying she wanted to have sex with Raniere.

(Judge Nicholas Garaufis refused to allow this testimony, as the texts had not been formally authenticated.) At one point, Nicole testified, Raniere lent her a little more than $3,000 after she had expressed financial concerns, which she never paid back, a point that Agnifolo hammered into during cross-examination, asking Nicole if Raniere was “sweet” to her.

But Nicole repeatedly emphasized that she felt coerced into being Raniere’s sexual partner.

Because she was sworn to secrecy about her role in DOS and her relationship with Raniere, “I only had him to turn to to say, ‘I don’t really feel comfortable doing this,” she testified.

“He always had some kind of reason as to why it was good for me and my growth or I’d learn to like it.”

The goal of their sexual relationship, as Raniere put it — and the goal of DOS in general — was to erode women’s autonomy in order to build strength and obedience in them.

As Nicole testified how Raniere explained it, “he needed to break me in order to build me back up into a strong woman.”

Over the course of 2016, things in DOS started getting progressively more, as Nicole put it, “intense.”

Mack had recruited three other slaves, including Dynasty actress Catherine Oxenberg’s daughter India, and the women were required to attend weekly “church” meetings on Monday nights, where they’d sit on the floor while Mack would sit on the couch and reprimand them.

The women all had nicknames — Nicole’s was “the brat” — and many of them were required to adhere to strict, extremely low-calorie diets, with Mack at one point subsisting only on 500 calories a day until she reached 107 pounds.

“[Mack] sometimes said Keith wouldn’t care about her if she gained weight,” Nicole testified.

In addition to having to perform “readiness drills” — responding to Mack’s texts within 30 seconds at all hours of the day or face harsh punishment — Mack’s “slaves” were required to pose for “family photos,” a group nude photo that Mack would take before the start of “church” every week.

The women were required to smile and look happy, even though Nicole found the experience deeply degrading.

“It made you feel really unsafe. Any time you were together with all the girls it could happen. She could tell us to do it at any point and we had to,” Nicole testified, sobbing.

It made things worse to know the images were being sent to Raniere.

“This was supposed to be a women’s empowerment organization,” Nicole said between sobs.

“How was it empowering to take off all of our clothes and send them to a man?”

The situation in DOS escalated during a group “bonding” trip to the Berkshires in October 2017, when Mack gave her slaves another assignment.

As Nicole put it, Mack instructed the women to pose for, “a close-up photo of all of your pussies.”

Nicole said she initially refused, prompting Mack to accuse her of “throwing a fit” — a common NXIVM-ism for women refusing to perform a certain task or adhere to a certain behavioral standard.

All the while, Mack posed the women on the couch and made comments about their genitalia, at one point referring to one slave’s “beautiful cunt.”

Mack later sent an email thanking the women for their attendance and referring to how “profound” the trip had been for her.

According to Nicole, Mack’s vacillation between being loving and generous, and cruel and abusive, that further disoriented Nicole.

Although she later recognized Mack’s behavior as a classic hallmark of abuse, at the time she was simply confused, causing her to sink even deeper into feelings of powerlessness and despair:

“I felt like I was getting more and more trapped,” she testified.

In early 2017, Nicole and Mack’s other slaves were branded, with Mack telling them that the symbol was representative of the four elements:

air, earth, fire and water.

(As other members of DOS have testified, the symbol actually consisted of Raniere’s initials.) The idea behind the branding, Nicole testified Mack told her, echoing Raniere’s early emails, was that “pain is love, and you show your love to your master by pain.”

To get through the agony of being branded with a cauterizing pen, Nicole thought of her little brother, to whom she was close, and how much pain she would be willing to undergo to protect him.

Thinking of her family, she said, allowed her to think of the brand not as an homage to her relationship with Mack, which she now knew full well was abusive and toxic, but as a testament to her own resilience — which, ironically, was why she had joined DOS to begin with. 

“I thought it could be a symbol of strength,” she said.

It was around this time, Nicole said, that NXIVM itself started “falling apart.”

The blog the Frank Report had publicly exposed DOS, prompting many members to leave the group, and Raniere and his inner circle had scrambled to do damage control.

Given the implosion of NXIVM, Nicole believed there was less of a risk of Mack choosing to release her collateral, an assumption that turned out to be correct.

As Nicole testified, and as Agnifilo reiterated during cross-examination, Mack later told Nicole her collateral would not be released if she left DOS, and to date none of the DOS slaves’ collateral has been released.

Emboldened by Mack’s statement that her collateral would not be released, and disgusted at being publicly outed as a DOS slave in the Frank Report post, Nicole finally worked up the courage to leave in late spring 2017.

She made one last trip to Albany to say goodbye to the other slaves and Raniere, and formally left the group that spring.

Slowly, Nicole began to tell the people close to her what had happened to her, though by her own admission, it took her a long time to figure out that what she had experienced qualified as abuse to begin with.

It took the Frank Report story to confirm what she had already suspected:

“I [had] thought I was getting into a women’s empowerment group, and now someone is saying I’m a man’s sex slave,” she said incredulously.

Although Nicole had only been in DOS for about a year, she had become so deeply immersed in the group that she could barely tell what was considered normal, healthy behavior and what was not.

“Things would get normalized, and slowly become more intense,” she said.

Her emails, which were introduced during the trial, confirmed this, with Agnifolo pointing out that at times, she had portrayed her experiences with the group positively, such as her experience with the Source and her at-times warm and nurturing relationship with Mack.

On the stand, however, Nicole was clear that her relationship with Raniere and Mack, and with DOS in general, had caused her nothing but pain and psychic tumult.

“Things would get normalized, and slowly become more intense,” she said in justifying her decision to stay.

She likened her slow immersion into the group to the process of boiling a frog:

“if you put a frog in hot water, they just jump out. If you put a frog in cold water, and slowly turn the heat up, they just boil it to death.”

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Wednesday, 19th June 2019
by Erik Pederson

The leader of the “Nxivm” sex cult that included Smallville actress Allison Mack was convicted on all seven counts today in New York and faces possible life in prison.

Keith Raniere, founder of the “self help” program and purported pyramid scheme, was found guilty of sex trafficking, racketeering and other felonies in an Eastern District courtroom.

He had pleaded not guilty to all charges, which also included racketeering conspiracy, wire fraud conspiracy, forced labor conspiracy, sex trafficking conspiracy and attempted sex trafficking.

He will be sentenced September 25, 2019

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Lex Luthor accuser's cell phone is 'mysteriously & conveniently' missing
by Aaron Cooper

Kevin Spacey's accuser, his mother and their attorney say they cannot find the cell phone the accuser used the night the actor allegedly sexually assaulted him, according to court documents.
A Nantucket, Massachusetts judge ordered the three of them to turn the phone over so defense experts could examine it.
Spacey's lawyers claimed in a hearing earlier this month that evidence that could exonerate the 59-year-old actor was deleted from the phone before it was turned over to prosecutors.
"(The accuser) and his family have no memory of seeing the subject phone after December 2017, when that phone was delivered to the Commonwealth," family attorney Mitchell Garabedian wrote in court documents.
"(The accuser) and his family have searched all the places where such a phone may have been stored. They have not found the phone."
CNN is not naming Spacey's accuser because he is an alleged sexual assault victim.

Spacey is accused of indecent assault and battery for allegedly groping an 18-year-old busboy in July 2016 at the Club Car bar on the island of Nantucket.
During the alleged assault, the accuser sent text messages on his phone, including a less-than-one-second-long video, to his girlfriend.
Prosecutors told Judge Thomas Barrett last month they obtained a copy of data from the phone, but the device was then returned.
A CD containing the files obtained from the phone was given to defense attorneys, but they say that was not sufficient.
"Access to the underlying databases is necessary to perform a proper analysis, including whether messages may have been deleted or to attempt recovery of deleted data," defense expert Sankara Shanmugam wrote in an affidavit.
Spacey's lawyers argued screen shots and a report by police leave no question evidence was deleted, and they should be allowed to try and recover it.
"He and or his mother deleted the exculpatory texts that were on the phone," defense attorney Alan Jackson said in a hearing this month.
"They deleted information that they didn't want the police to have, they deleted information they didn't want us to have."
Garabedian wrote in today's filing that police notes say the phone was returned to the accuser's father, but "he has no memory of receiving his son's phone from the police."
Since the phone cannot be found, Garabedian says they are trying to find backups of what was on it.
"Understanding the significance of this order, (the accuser) and his family are in the process of engaging a digital forensic expert to search for likely backups of (the accuser's) 2015 phone."
In response to Garabedian's filing, Judge Barrett extended the deadline for turning the phone over until July 8 2019.
If the phone is not found by then, the accuser, his mother and attorney must appear in court to testify about its whereabouts.

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