Head of Alleged Sex Cult Tied to ‘Smallville’ Actress Allison Mack Convicted
Keith Raniere, the man at the center of the alleged Hollywood sex cult NXIVM, has been found guilty on all charges, according to multiple reports.
Raniere, 58, was convicted of sex trafficking, possession of child pornography, sex trafficking conspiracy, racketeering and conspiracy to commit forced labor Wednesday.
The case has become a high-profile example of the darker side of Hollywood, with Smallville actress Allison Mack allegedly serving as his second in command. Mack was accused of recruiting women for the “master-slave” sex ring, which reportedly branded women near the pelvic bone with hers and Raniere’s initials.
Elle magazine reports that an astounding 150 women joined the sex sorority known as “DOS,” which was an acronym for “Lord/Master of the Obedient Female Companions.”
Mack, who pleaded guilty to racketeering charges, did not testify at Raniere’s trial.
“Ms. Mack was one of the top members of a highly organized scheme which was designed to provide sex to [Raniere],” assistant US attorney Moira Penza said in court, according to The Guardian. “Under the guise of female empowerment, she starved women until they fit her co-defendant’s sexual feminine ideal.”
Raniere will be sentenced on September 25, ABC News reports. He is facing up to life in prison.