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    'Smallville' Star Allison Mack Uses Scientology Case to Defend Nxivm Forced Sex Labor

    'Smallville' Star Allison Mack Uses Scientology Case to Defend Nxivm Forced Sex Labor

    Allison Mack’s attorneys cited a previous case against the Church of Scientology in effort to defend the Smallville actor against sex trafficking charges. Mack, who was arrested in connection with Nxivm sex-slave cult leader Keith Raniere, was accused of using photos and documents to coerce lower-ranking members of the group into free work and sex with Raniere.

    In court documents, obtained and released by Deadline on Friday, Mack's attorneys recalled a 2009 case against the Church of Scientology with similar accusations of forced sex and labor to suggest Mack and Raniere were not guilty of committing "serious harm" to others.

    “The government argues that Ms. Mack obtained forced labor through ‘threats of serious harm,’ with serious harm being the embarrassment that would result from the exposure of one’s collateral,” the court documents said. “Courts have found, however, that such an outcome, albeit embarrassing, does not amount to serious harm under the statute.”

    Mack and Raniere allegedly threatened to release naked images and malicious statements made by other members of the cult against relatives. Their lawyers argued their actions didn’t fall in line with the threat of “serious harm” that would influence anyone to engage in forced labor or sex.

    A couple unsuccessfully sued the Church of Scientology in 2009 over similar claims, which Mack’s lawyers referenced during court on Friday. “The court did not find that plaintiffs were compelled to remain in the organization even though, if they chose to leave, they would be ‘excommunicated’ from their friends and family and labeled a ‘dissenter,’” Mack’s lawyers said. “The threat of reputational damage and isolation from loved ones therefore did not qualify as serious harm.”

    Mack was arrested and accused of being a recruiter in the cult, in which women were allegedly branded, assaulted and blackmailed for attempting to leave, in April.

    "As alleged in the indictment, Allison Mack recruited women to join what was purported to be a female mentorship group that was, in fact, created and led by Keith Raniere," United States Attorney Richard Donoghue said in a statement at the time. "The victims were then exploited, both sexually and for their labor, to the defendants' benefit."

    Mack was released on a $5 million bond. She, along with Raniere, is facing a 15-year minimum, maximum life in prison if convicted on multiple counts of sex trafficking.

    See the full indictment HERE.

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    Now there's a precedent that needs to be overturned.

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    Lord Xenu saaaaaaaave meeeeeee....

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    Quote Originally Posted by PPatty View Post
    Lord Xenu saaaaaaaave meeeeeee....
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    You know, when they did the callback to Smallville in the Elseworlds crossover this whole thing was the first thing to come to mind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dramadon View Post
    You know, when they did the callback to Smallville in the Elseworlds crossover this whole thing was the first thing to come to mind.
    I loved that callback and have probably watched that scene dozens of times over the last couple of weeks, and I wasn't even an avid fan of Smallville when it originally aired. But Chloe the Sex Cultist was not the first thing that came to mind for me -- I was just enjoying the moment for what it was. In fact, I enjoyed it so much that I hope the rumored revival of a Lois and Clark series gets serious consideration; the chemistry between Tyler Hoechlin and Elizabeth Tulloch seemed very evident in their few minutes on-screen together.
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    Group operating under false pretenses offering to help people but actually emotionally and psychologically manipulating them until they seemingly no longer have any alternatives. Masks this behavior by claiming their practices are a trade secret and enacting aggressive legal action against anyone breaching this contract.

    Legal counsel isn't the only thing they stole from Scientology's playbook.

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    She looked good in the short time she was on screen in the crossover, but my experiences with Bitsie Tulloch on Grimm make me wonder if she could sustain that over a season. She was not very good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Delores Mulva View Post
    She looked good in the short time she was on screen in the crossover, but my experiences with Bitsie Tulloch on Grimm make me wonder if she could sustain that over a season. She was not very good.
    Was it her or was it the script? Elseworlds gave her some good lines to work with (e.g., "You'll catch me," "Deck him, Barry! What? He's a jerk!") and a character that's not really all that demanding -- fairly grounded, personable, with some sass.

    On the other hand, although I haven't watched Grimm, reading the Wikipedia description of her character makes me think she was being asked to do something far more ridiculous than Lois Lane (the most absurd thing about Lois is her inability to see past Clark Kent's glasses, and they've discarded that aspect).

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    She is originally unaware of Nick's duties as a Grimm until he tells her in the finale of season 1. By season 2, however, a magically induced amnesia removes Nick from her memory altogether, to the extent that she forgets only Nick while still remembering characters such as Monroe, when she had met him only through Nick. Although Nick's Aunt Marie suggests that he leave Juliette for her safety, Nick decides to stay with her. He postpones his original plans to propose to her while he explores his new life as a Grimm. She eventually regains her memories and learns the truth of Nick's abilities, joining him in dealing with some Wesen-related problems, such as finding a cure for a disease that gives human children the appearance of Wesen. In season 4, a series of events and dangerous spells results in Juliette becoming an exceptionally powerful Hexenbiest, and her personality becomes drastically more antagonistic and less empathetic as a result, as she enjoys her power while disregarding her friends' concerns and hating Nick's allies for doing this to her. After her plans for revenge culminate in the death of Nick's mother, she is shot with a crossbow by Trubel in the season 4 finale. In season 5, Tulloch plays "Eve", a mysterious woman who has all of Juliette's memories and powers but none of her emotional attachments. In season 6, her powers seem to be suppressed and her ability to feel emotions is returning after Nick healed her with the stick. She later completely loses her powers after returning from the "other place".

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    Yes, Grimm was beyond silly. But the complaints about Bitsie started well before her character was changed so drastically, and continued until the end of the show.

    Her acting on Grimm was quite wooden (so was the male lead's) right from day one. She was never really credible as someone in a romantic relationship. Amnesiac Juliette was just as bad - she played "confused" as "dazed", so again, wooden and lacking emotion. Her Hexenbiest turn (think "succubus and witch cross") was supposed to be evil and angry, a scene-chewing villain - but she barely managed "miffed". Eve, well, she had an excuse there for acting emotionless, and fan speculation was that she was turned into Eve specifically to play to her lack of acting skills (just like how Nick's character became a man of few words, and the supporting characters did most of the exposition).

    What really showed off her lack of ability was one storyline where the evil Hexenbiest on the show, Adalind, took the form of Juliette to sleep with Nick and take his powers away. As a side effect of this, Juliette briefly looked like Adalind, and she was able to convince Nick of who she really was and stay with him until everything was fixed (sort of - this is what turned Juliette into a Hexenbiest in season four, and yes this was exactly as goofy as it sounds). Upshot: actress who played Juliette got to imitate actress who played Adalind, and vice versa. Bitsie got the easiest assignment - act over-the-top evil, a seductress. She blew it. The actress who imitated Juliette, Claire Coffee, managed to nail Juliette's inflections, her physical mannerisms, everything - some fans thought it was Bitsie with CGI to make her look like Claire. Claire also gave Juliette more personality in a couple of shows than Bitsie had in three seasons.

    Maybe she's learned, grown up from Bitsie into Elizabeth. I liked how she played Lois Lane in the crossover. But my experiences with her over the course of 123 episodes of Grimm make me cautious about trusting her to carry a series lead role again.

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    Actress Allison Mack pleads guilty for role in New York sex cult

    Former "Smallville" actress Allison Mack pleaded guilty Monday to racketeering charges in the case of the upstate New York self-help group that prosecutors say doubled as a secret sex cult.

    Mack, 36, is facing up to 40 years in prison after she admitted to committing offenses that included extortion and forced labor in her role as a high-ranking member of NXIVM, according to the office of the U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of New York.

    A weeping Mack referenced the group's spiritual leader, Keith Raniere, as she apologized for her part in recruiting women into the organization.

    "I believed Keith Raniere’s intentions were to help people, and I was wrong," Mack said in federal court in Brooklyn, according to the Associated Press.

    "I can and will be a better person," she added.

    Mack was among six people indicted last year for their roles in running the controversial group led by Raniere, who prosecutors say operated a master-slave ring within the organization with the help of the TV actress.

    As part of the secret group inside NXIVM, known as DOS, women were pressured to have sex with Raniere and brand his initials into their flesh, court papers say.

    NXIVM supporters say it was a self-help group committed to changing the world. Prosecutors have described it as a criminal enterprise built around a pyramid scheme designed to enrich the top officials and supply Raniere with a stable of sex "slaves."

    Two defendants, Nancy Salzman and her daughter Lauren, have already pleaded guilty in the case.

    Raniere, who was known inside the organization as "Vanguard," was hit with child pornography charges last month. He had already pleaded not guilty to racketeering, trafficking and conspiracy charges.

    Raniere is expected to go on trial later this month. Others indicted in the case include NXIVM accountant Kathy Russell and Seagram's liquor heiress Claire Bronfman. They have all denied the allegations.

    Mack is set to be sentenced on Sept. 11.

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    If she's getting anywhere near a quarter of those 40 years, he'd better get life without parole.

    What she did was clearly wrong and she probably knew it on at least some level, but it's the people who START these cults and INDOCTRINATE people in them who need to get VERY prominently punished and make news.

    I'm not advocating any kind of in-prison punishment, but the sentences for crap like abusing large numbers of people sexually should be harsher than for things like...accidental tax evasion ala wesley snipes.

    I'll be shocked if Raniere or anyone involved in his organization OTHER than Allison Mack does more than a year in prison with insta-parole for time served while awaiting court.
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    I just want to know what she herself is actually guilty of orchestrating

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tinthalas Tigris View Post
    I just want to know what she herself is actually guilty of orchestrating
    What did ‘Smallville’ star Allison Mack do and what is the NXIVM cult?

    Not much detail, but you get the general idea.

    A more in-depth look:

    How ‘Smallville’ Actress Allison Mack Became a Women-Branding Cult Leader

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