Guest View: Allison Mack Stands on the Spectrum from Victim to Perpetrator — in the Middle

By Anony Maker

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

To begin with, how do you know what “Her boyfriend Chad explained”? As far as I can tell, what you know is only based on what was written on fan sites and in the media, which you didn’t even follow closely. At least not enough to be aware of the details of Allison Mack’s relationship with her first boyfriend, Pete.

You seem to talk as if you have personal knowledge of her and her inner circle, but it appears you’re speculating just as much, if not more than anyone else, even if you might have had some peripheral real-life connection to her. Do you think you know her mind because the two of you have a psychic connection?

The major Forbes article that criticized Nxivm came out in 2003, followed by other stories around 2006 to 2010. The Vanity Fair piece, The Heiresses and the Cult – about the Bronfmans and Nxivm – came out in 2010, as did a McLean’s article, How to lose $100 million, which detailed the Bronfman’s financial losses, as well as publicizing Rick Ross’ evaluation of NXIVM as a cult.

If I recall correctly, when it has suited your defense of Mack, you’ve claimed that she didn’t really get deeply involved until about 2012. But James Odato for the Albany Times Union started exposing NXIVM around 2010, including publishing accounts from former participants. Then, in early 2012, the major Times Union series Secrets of NXIVM came out.

That was apparently enough to provide the catalyst for Kristin Kreuk’s departure. If Mack really “had an almost blind faith in Kristin Kreuk” as you claim, then she should have followed Kreuk out too, right?

Barbara Bouchey, once close to Keith Alan Raniere, left Nxivm in 2009 taking with her eight other women. Allison Mack was not one of them.

And what about the departure of Barbara Bouchey, who she apparently looked up to, as well as Sarah Edmondson and all the others from Vancouver?  Why did she stay when so many others around her left?

On top of that, as Actaeon pointed out –people on Mack’s blog warned her, and provided links to critical information about Nxivm. How was all that “no strong signal”?

And how do you know she “started to give WAY before the other DOS members”? Certainly that was at least well after 2012, right?

Sarah Edmondson, Allison Mack and Dani Padilla. Sarah left Nxivm in 2017, becoming a whistle blower. Allison and Dani stayed to further develop DOS. Only Allison was charged criminally. Dani fled to her native Mexico and has thus far avoided prosecution. She is believed to be one of the women who was willing to testify on behalf of Raniere if she could do so from Mexico via closed circuit TV. Raniere later gave up the idea.

You have lots of excuses for her, but no real explanations, and nothing that really provides insight, other than into the mind of a diehard fan – which is not all that different from the mindset of a diehard cultist, by the way. Why, for instance, did Mack end up being not merely another member of DOS, but Raniere’s henchwoman?

I assume that the “Mack Was 100% Victim” is Frank’s interpolation. I don’t see that specifically in the commentary, though then again the point of view is not far from that. I  do think it’s hard to tell exactly where Mack stands on the spectrum from victim to perpetrator. But she’s at best somewhere uncomfortably in the middle, possibly more of a victim than some of her detractors might think. I’m open to good evidence for that position, though we have yet to see it – and likely more of a perpetrator than the fans of her girl-next-door character on Smallville can confront.

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4 years ago

Since media companies will not conduct business with the likes of Woody Allen, Bill Cosby and Kevin Spacey, who thinks they will do business with the deplorable Allison Mack-

About the Author

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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