- NXIVM, the alleged sex cult that Allison Mack has been tied to, has suspended all operations.
- Keith Raniere, the group’s founder, has also been denied bail.
- NXIVM, a group based out of Albany, New York, labelled itself as a women’s empowerment group.
- However, an FBI investigation into the group found that some members of the group were branded and forced to be sex slaves.
- Mack and Raniere face charges of sex trafficking, sex trafficking conspiracy, and forced labour conspiracy and are awaiting an October 1 trial.
NXIVM, the alleged sex cult that ‘Smallville’ actress Allison Mack has been tied to, has suspended all operations. According to a message on NXIVM’s website, the group has ceased all operations and recruiting efforts.
“It is with deep sadness that we inform you we are suspending all NXIVM/ESP enrollment, curriculum, and events until further notice,” a message on the group’s website said. “We will be in touch with more information for anyone currently enrolled in upcoming events/programs.”
It continued: “While we are disappointed by the interruption of our operations, we believe it is warranted by the extraordinary circumstances facing the company at this time. We continue to believe in the value and importance of our work and look forward to resuming our efforts when these allegations are resolved.”
On Tuesday, a federal judge denied a request for bail made by Keith Raniere, the group’s founder. Raniere’s lawyers filed a $US10 million bond request on June 5.
Raniere was arrested on May 26 on charges of sex trafficking, sex trafficking conspiracy, and forced labour conspiracy for his role in NXIVM. Allison Mack, an actor best known for her role in “Smallville,” was arrested on April 20 on the same charges. She was released on a $US5 million bond on April 24.
NXIVM, which was based out of Albany, New York, touted itself as a women’s empowerment group. However, an FBI investigation into the group found that some members were branded and forced to be sex slaves. Prosecutors say NXIVM had more than 50 slaves.
Both Raniere and Mack have denied these allegations and pleaded not guilty on all charges. But in an interview with the New York Times, Mack said she came up with the idea for the group’s signature brand because she felt tattoos weren’t “intense enough.” Mack also seemingly to attempted to use Twitter to recruit famous women and prolific feminist writers to join NXIVM.
Mack is currently on home detention at her parents’ house in Los Alamitos, California. Both Mack and Raniere face up to 15 years in prison and are currently awaiting trial, which will take place on October 1.
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