Once hailed as the best sidekick to a young Clark Kent during her stint on Smallville, Allison Mack is known now for twisting her inviting demeanor to lure women into an abusive sex cult named NXIVM. April 8th, the former actress went to federal court in Brooklyn, pleading guilty to racketeering charges. She stands accused of recruiting sex slaves for the sex cult’s spiritual leader, Keith Raniere.
Last year in New York, Allison Mack was arrested for coercing and manipulating young women into a lifestyle of sexual servitude. Acting as the lead recruiter for the men of NXIVM, Mack is facing 15 years to life in prison for conspiracy, conspiracy to commit forced labor, and sex trafficking. Released from custody on $5 million bond, the actress has been expected to comply with investigative efforts and prosecutors building the case against cult leader Keith Raniere. Her involvement with the illicit organization left so many dumbfounded.
From Self-Help to Sadism
How could the seemingly innocent and mousy Mack be capable of convincing women to commit themselves to Master-slave sexual relationships consummated by pelvic brands? Those in the know say it began in 2006 with the popularity of the life-changing novel The Secret.
While living and filming Smallville in Vancouver, Mack became involved with the burgeoning bohemian lifestyle. Invested in the New Age counterculture, which was the center of such sexually liberating movements in the 60s, Mack was fascinated by empowering, self-help tools the book suggested. These tools and principles were used by Raniere’s cult, dispensed through ESP or Executive Success Programs.
Selling a dream of achieving goals and attaining status, overcoming traumas, and commanding confidence, the courses ranged from single to extended sessions. Those who could afford the high price tag would find themselves in the presence of Raniere via short videos fed into curriculum by instructors in conference centers.
The small group sessions focused on gleaning information from attendees, in a fashion similar to Scientology readings. Through this process, a source who attended the courses says it was easy to identify targets for recruitment to DOS, a secret society also known as “The Vow.” Preying on Allison Mack’s desire to assist and uplift others, recruiters manipulated her desire to make a contribution to female empowerment. But her place in the organization came at a price.
Those who wanted to join the elite circle were required to perform menial tasks and submit incriminating personal information in the event they ever attempted to leave. Photos, testimonials, any form of collateral was collected and saved for use if former members attempted to discredit the organization. Court documents state that “DOS slaves understood that if they told anyone about DOS, if they left DOS or if they failed to complete assignments given to them by their masters, their collateral could be released.”
Members were subjected to forced celibacy, sleep deprivation, and starvation. They took part in ‘readiness’ drills and suffered humiliation tactics. Later, at Allison Mack’s behest, the group engaged in branding ceremonies to mark the pelvic area of slaves. According to court documents, Mack would place her hands on the slaves’ chests and told them to “feel the pain” and to think of their master.”
Sobbing in court before Judge Nicholas Garaufis, Allison Mack pleaded, “I must take full responsibility for my conduct. I am very sorry for my role in this case. I am very sorry to my family and to the good people I hurt through my misguided adherence to Keith Raniere’s teachings.” She admitted to keeping a slave “to perform services” for her, and concealing the identity of Raniere’s role as head of DOS. While her sentencing is set for September 11th, Mack does not stand alone. In total, six people were apprehended for their part in the cult along with Seagram’s liquor heriess Claire Bronfman, who funded the organization.
Rolling Ray Undergoes Surgery After Wig Catches On Fire
Social media star Rolling Ray underwent surgery Tuesday morning to treat serious burns on his body after his terrible wig accident last week.
In a series of IG stories, he let his audience follow along as he prepped for surgery.
Last week Rolling Ray announced he was hospitalized after his wig caught on fire! During a January 13 Instagram Live session hosted straight from his hospital bedside, he showed his severely burnt and damaged face telling viewers his “whole skin, legs, arms, feet, and everything” were burned.
In a more recent Live, Ray explained the incident that led to his whole wig catching on fire: an unfortunate smoking accident. “It just, like, lit on fire when I tried to light the cigarette,” he recounted. “So I get to trying to snatch the wig off. B***h, the fire goes to my f*****g shirt, to my feet, to my legs, to my back. It’s a fire everywhere, it’s a fire in the whole room.”
Of course the internet trolled him in a disgusting display of ableism and heartlessness. Comments like “Rolling Ray should have stopped, dropped, and rolled” and “karma’s a b***h” had social media conflicted in its feelings about his accident. His sensation comes from his harsh and, often, below-the-belt reads (just last month he told Yung Miami to “dig (sic) up” her dead baby father. However, the criticism didn’t stop him from responding on Twitter.
Rolling Ray might be problematic as all get-out, but we do not tolerate ableism here. We wish him well as he heals.
Fantasia Reveals Gender of Baby On the Way!
On Tuesday singer-songwriter and “American Idol” winner Fantasia Barrino took to social media to reveal that she is having a baby girl, her first child with husband Kendall Taylor.
In a series of Instagram stories, Fantasia showed pink fireworks being shot off during a gender reveal party, to her and her hubby’s excitement! She continued by sharing what her daughter-to-be’s name will be: Keziah London Taylor.
The news comes after the couple revealed they had struggled to conceive since their 2015 marriage. During a November episode of her IG Live show “Taylor Talks,” she described continuously praying for a child with her husband. Fantasia, a deeply devout Christian, was obviously elated when she shared the news.
“God I Want To Thank You!” she said in an Instagram caption. “You Gave Us A Seed even when the Doctor said that one of my Tubes [was] Closed you said Different. @salute1st I Love You King and I can’t wait to see who He or She acts Like.”
We can see Fantasia and family are all super excited to be welcoming a baby girl into their lives. All congratulations to her.
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West Are Getting Divorced, Report Says
In a story published Tuesday evening, Page Six is reporting that Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are getting divorced, with the two already in settlement talks. The news comes after the couple spent the holiday season separately – Kanye at his ranch outside Cody, Wyoming, Kim and the kids with her famous family in southern California.
A source close to Kardashian was quoted saying, “Kim got Kanye to go up there so they could live separate lives and quietly get things sorted out to separate and divorce. She’s done.” Kardashian, 40, and West, 43, are said to be splitting because of marital problems directly related to Kanye’s very public mental health struggles.
For several years the rapper’s various antics have caused fans to worry. After coming out as a Trump supporter, West then announced his own 2020 presidential bid under a new political party: the Birthday Party. At a campaign rally in South Carolina, he was seen rambling, debating individual audience members, and at times, crying. In various interviews, he has rambled on almost incoherently, and his tweetstorms are now infamous.
For her part, Kim has always supported her husband and has openly discussed the difficulties of their marriage. Back in June, she shared on social media, “Anyone who has [bipolar disorder] or has a loved one in their life who does, knows how incredibly complicated and painful it is to understand… People who are unaware or far removed from this experience can be judgmental and not understand that the individual (has) to engage in the process of getting help no matter how hard family and friends try.”
It appears she has finally reached her limit in the union with the unnamed source saying, “She is serious about taking the bar exam and becoming a lawyer, she is serious about her prison reform campaign. Meanwhile Kanye is talking about running for president and saying other crazy s**t, and she’s just had enough of it.”
Separately, a source close to Kanye alleges the rapper is sick of his wife and her family, which might have some truth to it since he has tweeted some pretty nasty things about them in the past. “I been trying to get divorced since Kim met with Meek at the Warldolf [sic] for ‘prison reform,’” he said in a now-deleted July tweet. Recently, he hasn’t been featured on his wife’s Instagram and has largely remained out of the public eye.
With the news yet to be confirmed, the “divorce is imminent” reports are just rumors for now. We’ll be following the news as more information comes out.