Guest View: Allison Mack Was 100% Victim – She Believed in Kristin Kreuk Who Led Her Deep into Nxivm

MK10ART's splendid painting of Kristin Kreuk (who introduced Allison to Nxivm) wrapping her body around Allison Mack.

By A Defender of Allison Mack

This is in response to Actaeon: Allison Mack ruined her own life – no one did it to her!

My view is that Allison Mack was groomed quickly. Her boyfriend Chad explained that. It happened quite fast and she was “under the spell” within the first months.

If, Actaeon, you are saying Allison was under no compulsion to stay (ignoring the whole situation, mental manipulation and collateral – Allison started to give WAY before the other DOS members), then you are saying that the other victims weren’t victims either – because their situation is the same as Allison’s!

First off, “Allison could have left” (and wanted to do until her best friend Kristin Kreuk came to convince her). And once again, the same could be said about ALL the victims!

Worse, when Allison was ensnared in Nxivm, she didn’t have the knowledge available (it was in 2006) about the worst aspects of Nxivm.

The “victims” arrived after the articles against Nxivm started to pop!

If you consider Allison not to be a victim because she could have left, the victims can’t be victims either and it’s a fact that they are victims.

You don’t allow someone to manipulate you in a cult. You seem to forget that we are talking about a cult!  A cult that was not known to be a cult when Allison arrived. She saw big names having participated. Her best friend Kristin was in Nxivm and, at first, it was creepy, but it wasn’t looking like anything criminal.

Actaeon asks, “Why, when Kreuk was talking up NXIVM on the Smallville set, why was Mack the only one enough of a fool to get involved with it?”

First, because Allison wasn’t feeling fulfilled, but also because Allison had an almost blind faith in Kristin Kreuk.  She was her best friend.  Also the age difference.  All the cast wasn’t the same age as Allison and Kristin.

Actaeon said, “My speculative answer is that Mack was perhaps naive, weak-willed, and ambitious”.

Naive, certainly. (It wasn’t the first time she wanted to believe in good when there was none).

“Weak-willed”? Maybe. Allison had her problems: low self-esteem and she was worried about not doing something with her life.

Ambitious?  Not the way you think.  She just wanted a meaningful life. That could be ambitious, but that’s about it.

Let’s be clear, Allison should have trusted her gut, but many other people were in the same position (including ALL the victims).

She didn’t do it of her own free will. She was influenced, manipulated to the core (that is hardly free will).

And you are analyzing this whole situation based on what we know NOW. Back then, there was no strong signal, just a small one.

If a great friend (someone you have faith in) tells you that there is no risk, most people would try harder and put their gut feelings aside.

Once again, I appreciate your analysis Actaeon (it is not fully biased and considering most of the situation). It’s refreshing.

Kristin Kreuk got out of NXIVM – Allison Mack did not. Allison faces years in prison.
Kristin Kreuk and Allison Mack on Necker Island.

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4 years ago

Allison Mack was NOT a victim.
Allison Mack is a Mobster who tried to set up India Oxenberg as a Patsy to take all of the blame for the branding scandal.

Setting up patsies and fall guys is the classic mark of a Gangster.

Salzman & Mack: India Oxenberg to ‘take the fall’ for the sake of the mission
April 17, 2018


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4 years ago

Nope. Allison is big girl, a good actress, intelligent, and made her decisions with a clear goal and agenda.
Saying anyone can control her is just insulting her, she was 2nd in command of the cult. Her initials are on the live bodies of women.
It would appear her pleading guilty of her actions support the fact that she was a top player in this agenda.
Kristin left the program turned cult, for her own reasons. She wanted to work on her producing and acting career. Recent reports said her dad protected Kristin’s bank account from the cult, stated by this site. Kristin wisely set goals outside this program and had a loving family who watched out for her. It should have been a happy ending for the two. Kristin a highly successful actress of almost 20 years or more,
also talented and extremely intelligent, leaving the cult, should have been a big clue to Allison, that if Kristin can have a life outside NXIVM,she can too. If this had happened , I am pretty sure Kristin and Allison would have worked on projects together and maybe had great success.
Who knows? But reality is, Allison will face her sentence this year. And after she serves her sentence it will up to Mack to change her life
for the better one hopes.

4 years ago

I agree.

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Frank Parlato is an investigative journalist.

His work has been cited in hundreds of news outlets, like The New York Times, The Daily Mail, VICE News, CBS News, Fox News, New York Post, New York Daily News, Oxygen, Rolling Stone, People Magazine, The Sun, The Times of London, CBS Inside Edition, among many others in all five continents.

His work to expose and take down NXIVM is featured in books like “Captive” by Catherine Oxenberg, “Scarred” by Sarah Edmonson, “The Program” by Toni Natalie, and “NXIVM. La Secta Que Sedujo al Poder en México” by Juan Alberto Vasquez.

Parlato has been prominently featured on HBO’s docuseries “The Vow” and was the lead investigator and coordinating producer for Investigation Discovery’s “The Lost Women of NXIVM.” Parlato was also credited in the Starz docuseries "Seduced" for saving 'slave' women from being branded and escaping the sex-slave cult known as DOS.

Additionally, Parlato’s coverage of the group OneTaste, starting in 2018, helped spark an FBI investigation, which led to indictments of two of its leaders in 2023.

Parlato appeared on the Nancy Grace Show, Beyond the Headlines with Gretchen Carlson, Dr. Oz, American Greed, Dateline NBC, and NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt, where Parlato conducted the first-ever interview with Keith Raniere after his arrest. This was ironic, as many credit Parlato as one of the primary architects of his arrest and the cratering of the cult he founded.

Parlato is a consulting producer and appears in TNT's The Heiress and the Sex Cult, which premiered on May 22, 2022. Most recently, he consulted and appeared on Tubi's "Branded and Brainwashed: Inside NXIVM," which aired January, 2023.

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