NXIVM trial: Allison Mack gets 3 years in prison, Internet calls it 'White girl sentence'
During her sentencing in Brooklyn federal court, Alison Mack said, 'I made choices I will forever regret'
'Smallville' actress Allison Mack, 38, was arrested for her role as a 'slave master' in NXIVM, a New York-based controversial sex cult in April 2018. Since her arrest, the actress was placed under house confinement at her parents’ home. She was charged with sex trafficking and forcing women to be slaves in the cult.
Mack received three years in prison for manipulating women into becoming sex slaves for the group on Wednesday, June 30. The court also ordered Mack to pay a $20,000 fine. The actress had asked US District Judge Nicholas Garaufis in Brooklyn to spare her prison time and sentence her to home confinement or probation instead. The leader of NXIVM, Keith Raniere was convicted of sex trafficking and sentenced to 120 years in prison.
According to reports, during her sentencing in Brooklyn federal court, Mack said, "I made choices I will forever regret." She also told the judge she was filled with "remorse and guilt." In a letter that was filed with the court last week, Mack said that devoting herself to Raniere's organization "was the biggest mistake and greatest regret of my life". She also apologized to victims of NXIVM and wrote, “I am sorry to those of you that I brought into NXIVM. I am sorry I ever exposed you to the nefarious and emotionally abusive schemes of a twisted man.” She also reiterated her apologies to the victims in court on Wednesday, "From the deepest part of my heart and soul, I am sorry."
The actress' defense team argued in court that probation or a sentence to home confinement was more appropriate. Prosecutors had agreed that the actress' prison term should be below the guidelines range because of her cooperation in bringing the cult down. Mack provided information about how Raniere encouraged “the use of demeaning and derogatory language, including racial slurs, to humiliate ‘slaves’”, the government papers said. She also provided a recording of a conversation she had with Raniere about the branding, they added.
Mack's lawyers wrote in court papers, "The NXIVM saga and the story of Ms Mack’s descent have been a tragedy for all involved. But that need not, and should not, be the end of the story for Allison Mack."
'It helps being white'
People condemned the verdict in the NXIVM trial and expressed their anger at Mack receiving 'only 3 years' in prison for her crimes. Blaming 'white privilege', one user wrote, "Facing 17years but only getting 3 this is what white privilege looks like ... #smallville #AllisonMack." Another commented, "White girl sentence." One user said, "This is our justice system. She gave evidence and testimony against Keith so they gave her leniency. Also, it helps being white." Another tweeted, "Sounds about white."
One tweet read, "People have received more time for smoking weed. . . .sighs" Another user wrote, "Only 3 years? What a joke!"
White girl sentence— Joe’s Troll-ey (@joe_trolley) June 30, 2021
This is our justice system. She gave evidence and testimony against Keith so they gave her leniency. Also, it helps being white.— Dan Halen, Yes, That Dan Halen (@That_DanHalen) June 30, 2021
Sounds about white.— ScottDinBlueGeorgia💙🍑 (@ScottDguy) June 30, 2021
People have received more time for smoking weed. . . .sighs— Draybae♐/Another Plebian (@thedraybae) June 30, 2021
Only 3 years? What a joke!— Ludo (@LasciateS) June 30, 2021