Published: Tue, April 09, 2019
Culture | By Margie Dunn

Jury selection to begin in NXIVM sex cult trial

Jury selection to begin in NXIVM sex cult trial

Raniere was the "highest master" of DOS who prosecutors say forced other members, all who were women, to have sex with him.

She is now scheduled to be sentenced in September and will face a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison for each of the two charges.

Mack, who is best known for her role as Chloe Sullivan on Smallville, was indicted in April 2018 on charges of sex trafficking, sex trafficking conspiracy, and conspiracy to commit forced labor.

"I took one look at Allison and I knew she was involved romantically and sexually with Keith", an unidentified former NXIVM member told THR. It is unknown at this time whether Mack had agreed to a cooperation agreement in exchange for her plea.

Mr Raniere was arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Mexico past year.

According to court documents, the secret society allegedly operated as a pyramid scheme, with levels of "slaves", headed by "masters"; slaves were then expected to recruit their own slaves, thus becoming masters themselves. Mack's defense attorneys, meanwhile and according to Fox News, continue to argue that the alleged victims in this case "were not abused" (that's an odd approach after a defendant has already claimed authorship of a branding ritual).

Keith Raniere in an interview with his NXIVM subordinate, actress Allison Mack, of "Smallville". Until the Salzmans' guilty pleas, officials and associates had repeatedly denied all wrongdoing and disputed allegations that it is a cult.

Mack is accused of coercing two of her "slaves" into having sex with Raniere, for which she received financial benefits.

She and a sister are believed to have given more than US$100 million (RM410 million) to the group. Marc Agnifilo, one of his lawyers, declined to comment on the case after Monday's hearing.

Potential jurors will be asked to fill out questionnaires Monday, April 8, 2019, in federal court in Brooklyn.

Mack was among six people arrested previous year over their roles in Nxivm, including Raniere and Seagram's liquor heiress Claire Bronfman, who helped fund the organisation with her vast fortune. Lauren Salzman, who entered the plea, is the daughter of Nancy Salzman, 64, co-founder of an alleged sex-ring associated with NXIVM.

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