Earlier this year, Keith Raniere, the leader of the Hollywood sex cult NXIVM, was sentenced to 120 years in prison, on charges of sex-trafficking, racketeering, child pornography, and forced labor.
Allison Mack, his second in command, was initially facing charges that were just as serious, but plead down to lesser charges of racketeering and conspiracy, for her role in recruiting women for the cult. Mack is currently awaiting sentencing, and it appears that she is getting her affairs in order.
US Weekly reported that Mack has recently filed for divorce from her wife Nicki Clyne. Clyne is best known for her role in the science-fiction series Battlestar Gallactica.
The former Smallville actress submitted the divorce papers to the Orange County Superior Court in California on Friday, December 11, according to court records obtained by Us Weekly.
The couple had been married since 2017, just a year before Mack was arrested over her connections to NXIVM. The couple has reportedly been estranged since shortly after the arrest.
Initially, Mack was indicted on multiple counts of sex-trafficking, sex-trafficking conspiracy, and conspiracy to commit forced labor.
While her current charges of conspiracy and racketeering are far less serious, she still faces anywhere between 15 years and life in prison if she is found guilty.
Mack was a member of the cult and worked in a management position.
As second-in-command, it was her job to lure women into the programs under the pretense of female empowerment and self-help workshops, to then convince them to sign up for a more “advanced program” called Dominus Obsequious Sororium, which required these women to basically turn the lives over to cult leader Keith Raniere.
Allison Mack Files for Divorce From Wife Nicki Clyne Amid NXIVM Case Sentencing https://t.co/vLCdCmuJKb
— E! News (@enews) December 12, 2020
Dominus Obsequious Sororium is a quasi-Latin phrase that roughly translates to “Master Over the Slave Women.”
When women joined Raniere’s inner circle, they were forced to sign over their finances to him, starve themselves to maintain a certain weight, and he even had them surgically branded with his initials. Raniere would use blackmail to keep the women from speaking out, by collecting nude photos and damaging evidence on family members.
The cult was finally exposed when the daughter of former Dynasty actress Catherine Oxenberg became a member. Oxenberg told the New York Times that she became concerned after she saw that her 26-year-old daughter India was extremely emaciated from dieting, and was suffering from serious health problems.
When these accusations hit the news, other women, including actress Sarah Edmondson, came forward to all to tell the same story, of the blackmail, the branding, as well as the forced labor and forced sexual activity.
It is highly possible that this is a position that Mack was groomed for since she was a child, as many childhood stars turn from victims to predators as a result of what they often experience behind the scenes in the industry.
Oddly enough, one of Mack’s very first roles was in a softcore adult film called “Night Eyes Three.” She was just 11 years old at the time.
WATCH: Former actress Allison Mack leaves court after pleading guilty to racketeering charges for her role in the NXIVM case. pic.twitter.com/1OHAW5Zwlm
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