Allison Mack Requesting Bail Changes in NXIVM Sex-Trafficking Case
Allison Mack, who was accused of sex trafficking and arrested in connection with a sex cult sub-group called "DOS," which was part of a "self help" organization called NXIVM (pronounced "Nexium," like the heartburn medication), is requesting the judge be more lenient about her bail conditions.
The former Smallville actress' lawyers have filed paperwork — obtained by TheWrap — with the courts asking for relaxed conditions because Mack “is interested in contributing to society.”
She wants her home detention to be amended so she can leave her house without asking for the court's permission for reasons like employment opportunities, school, and religious services.
“Prior to her arrest on the instant charges, Ms. Mack had no criminal history. She also has substantial ties to the United States, including the fact that she herself is a U.S. citizen and members of her immediate family — who have staked their financial well-being on her remaining in the United States to face the instant charges — are also U.S. citizens who reside in the United States,” a letter to federal judge, Nicholas G. Garaufis, states.
“While the instant charges have deprived her of pursuing her acting career, Ms. Mack nevertheless is interested in contributing to society. In that regard, Ms. Mack has contacted her Pretrial Services Officer to express her interest in obtaining employment, volunteering in her community, and attending classes and religious services while she waits for the opportunity to defend herself and clear her name at trial.”
As TV Insider previously reported, back in April, Mack was arrested and released on $5 million bail. She was charged with sex trafficking, sex trafficking conspiracy, and forced labor conspiracy and plead "not guilty" to all charges.
She and NXIVM leader, Keith Raniere, allegedly ran a sex cult called "DOS," and Mack's role was allegedly to lure women into the organization.
"As alleged, Keith Raniere displayed a disgusting abuse of power in his efforts to denigrate and manipulate women he considered his sex slaves," FBI official William Sweeney said in a statement back in March.
"He allegedly participated in horrifying acts of branding and burning them, with the co-operation of other women operating within this unorthodox pyramid scheme. These serious crimes against humanity are not only shocking, but disconcerting to say the least, and we are putting an end to this torture today."
In March, Raniere was arrested in Mexico after five women came forward in a New York Times exposé. They claim they were branded with Raniere's initials, coerced to "master-slave" conditions, and abused if they disobeyed.