Is Allison Mack *really* sorry for her actions in the NXIVM cult?
The former Smallville star, Allison Mack, has released a letter of apology to the victims of the NXIVM cult. Of course, this letter came just days before Mack is to be sentenced for her role in the abusive cult.
Prosecutors have claimed Allison Mack lured women into the NXIVM cult as sex slaves for its leader, Keith Raniere. After being arrested in 2018, Mack pleaded guilty in April 2019. The thirty-eight-year-old actress is scheduled for sentencing on June 30th.
Allison Mack’s apology letter
In her recent letter, Mack apologized to “those who have been harmed” by her actions. The actress also described her placement in home confinement as an “opportunity” to grow. Mack wrote, “Such an opportunity has offered me the time and strength I needed to confront the darkest parts of myself and come to terms with the pain my actions have inflicted on so many people I love.”
Mack then described her loyalty to NXIVM cult leader Keith Raniere as “the biggest mistake” of her life. She wrote, “I threw myself into the teachings of Keith Raniere with everything I had. I believed, wholeheartedly, that his mentorship was leading me to a better, more enlightened version of myself. I devoted my loyalty, my resources, and, ultimately, my life to him. This was the biggest mistake and greatest regret of my life.”
Allison Mack’s reference to Raniere’s brainwashing & abuse as “teachings” caused readers to question her wording. However, Mack would later write that she apologizes for exposing others to “the nefarious and emotionally abusive schemes of a twisted man.”
Mack closed her letter by expressing her desire to change her ways and become a better person. “Please know that I am dedicated to spending my life working to mend the hearts I broke and continuing to transform myself into a more loving and compassionate woman,” she wrote. Mack added, “It is now of paramount importance for me to say, from the bottom of my heart, I am so sorry.”
Allison Mack’s involvement with the NXIVM cult
Prosecutors have alleged that Allison Mack lured women into the cult in order to become sex slaves for the leader, Raniere. Mack has admitted to holding compromising information & photographs of two victims. Mack would then threaten to share these photos if they didn’t perform “so-called acts of love”.
Victims have revealed that they were abused, brainwashed, and even branded with Raniere’s initials. In 2017, some victims decided to share their stories with The New York Times which led to Raniere fleeing to Mexico. Yet, he was officially arrested in 2018.
Mack asks for no imprisonment
Despite writing “I am dedicated to spending my life working to mend the hearts I broke,” Mack has asked for leniency on her upcoming sentencing. Mack has reported that her life has been “turned around” and she should be able to avoid jail time.
After being arrested in 2018, Mack received an associate’s degree from a community college and enrolled at UC Berkeley. Due to her educational efforts, Mack has asked the court to avoid sentencing her with incarceration.
In her letter of apology, Mack also included her plea of removing jail time. Mack wrote that she “therefore respectfully asks the Court to permit her to continue down this path of growth and reform by imposing a sentence without incarceration, and which would permit her to continue her academic studies.”
She also added, “I know I cannot heal the pain my betrayal has caused to you and your loved ones, but I can promise you that your hurt has not gone unseen, and acknowledging this has changed me to my core.”
Sentencing guidelines call for a sentence of fourteen to seventeen years for Allison Mack’s crimes. She will be sentenced in Brooklyn, New York on June 30th. What do you think about Mack’s apology letter? Let us know in the comments below.