Guest View: Allison Mack Did Not Repudiate Raniere, She Justified Her Own Actions

Allison Mack

By Aristotle’s Sausage

I encourage anyone who is interested in really understanding the issue of Allison Mack’s attitude toward Keith Raniere to read the full text of her allocution, because its tone and meaning are very different from the excerpts posted by Frank in his story, Did Allison Mack Repudiate Raniere?

It is far more equivocal. It is far gentler on herself and Nxivm.

Allison Mack

For example:

“As Your Honor is aware, I dedicated years of my life to an organization in which I and others truly believed, NXIVM. In the course of my time with NXIVM, I became close with many individuals, many of whom are wonderful people, and some of whom I now realize are not.

“But relevant here, I became close with Keith Raniere. I joined NXIVM first to find purpose. I was lost and I wanted to find a place, a community in which I would feel comfortable. Over time, I truly believed that I had found a group of individuals who believed, as I did, and who were interested in trying to become better people and in doing so make those around them better. And when I came to that realization, misguided though it was, my purpose shifted from trying to help myself to helping other people. Through it all, I believed that Keith Raniere’s intentions were to help people, and that my adherence to his system of beliefs would help empower others and help them.”

So many of the people were wonderful individuals and SOME, she later realized, were not. Notice that she doesn’t specify Raniere is one of the “non-wonderful” people. Notice that she doesn’t say anything harsher about these abusers and racketeers than they were “not wonderful”.

This isn’t the tone of sincere repudiation.

Not only the tone but the precise wording of Mack’s allocution is all about making excuses for herself. She was “misled”. It took her years to understand that there was something fishy going on with Nxivm. The organization did so much good. Most of the people were wonderful.

Remember that this essay in excuses and subtlety was spoken before the lurid facts of Nxivm, DOS, and Raniere were exposed in court. (But she knew about them certainly). The blackmail, the branding (that took place in Mack’s own living room). The naked pictures (“you have a pretty c*nt”, quoth Mack). Before the recording was played of Raniere and Mack planning the branding ceremony (held down like a sacrifice). Before it was reveled that she was grooming young women for Raniere’s sexual pleasure and sending him the naked pictures she took of them under threat of blackmail.

Keith Raniere chats with Allison Mack in Nancy Salzman’s home, filmed as part of Keith Raniere Conversations, a series of interviews with the leader of NXIVM.

Now that we know all this go back and re-read the part in Mack’s allocution where she states:

“Through it all, I believed that Keith Raniere’s intentions were to help people, and that my adherence to his system of beliefs would help empower others and help them.”

That’s not a repudiation.

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    • You probably don’t know that 6g is already being planned as a further development of 5g. What other scenarios will the conspiracy theorists come up with then? If 5g is bad, 6g will certainly be a disaster.

  • Curious…What exactly were all of these great humanitarians doing to help society? Were they donating money to misfortunate? Community services? Also, how do you do the sanctimonious Nexium smirk?

    • They played midnight volleyball. Ordered sex toys. Took constant close ups of each other’s wee wees. And held an annual week long birthday celebration for a pedophile.

      You know. The normal humanitarian efforts

    • Exactly! They were all going to save the world and several claim they got sucked in when they saw the private jet, claim it added legitimacy to Nxivm and alleviated their initial doubts & fears. Should that jet not have been just another giant red flag? If you have all the answers to save the world and your intent is wholly ethical, why are they charging $7K to start? Why wouldn’t you want to blanket the world with these revelations? Why would you make them inaccessible to the general public? The sad part is that some of these people did really want to contribute and instead spent a decade of time and money propping up a psychopath.

  • All of these women chose this lifestyle. The potential release of naked pictures and fake confessions is worse than sex with a man who disgusts you and a BRAND? Come on! And even if they didn’t know it was a brand at first, they sure did in the branding room! They watched other women get branded and then hopped up for their own turn!

    They CHOSE this… ALL of them.

  • FREEDOM FOR ALLISON! We need her at the movies. She is a much better actress than Kristin Kreuk.

  • This is a great post. I happen to agree with it. 🙂

    I would like to see Frank promote Aristotle’s Sausage to chief FrankReport Correspondent.

    At the risk of changing the topic, can somebody please tell me how I may join Society of Protectors?

    I wish to protect people. I wish to protect women.

    I think it’s a noble goal.

    I can’t seem to find a ‘sign up’ page? Anybody?

    I am also a computer programmer so I ‘may’ be able to help deprogram some of the more mentally ill SOP dudes, like Jim Del Negro.

    I like to treat the task of deprogramming a cult-nutter the same way I debug a wonky computer program.

    I would like to ascend to SOP leadership —- so that I may use SOP as a “force for good” in the world.

    I’d like to ‘restructure’ SOP with me at its helm —- with possibly a single underboss who will do my bidding and follow my orders. Possibly Suneel may fill that role (but only after I deprogram him).

    Jim Del Negro is not fit for SOP leadership. After I deprogram him, he’d be demoted to perform more menial tasks consistent with his true abilities.

    I really am fascinated with SOP.

    I truly believe, with me at its helm, it could rise from the ashes into something great and productive. It just needs a fair, wonderful and stern person to begin leading it.

    Seriously, is there any way for outsiders to join meetings online?

    I would like to know what they truly teach since Frank has always been vague and really hasn’t provided many ‘details’ on what they do.


      • It would be like reading about pathetic paint drying. If there was anything noteworthy or entertaining, we’d have already heard about it.
        Those poor bastards thought they were changing the world. While in reality, they were being given busy work so their wives could be free to have sorority pillow fights and do keg stands – errrrrrr get their pusses branded.

          • The errrrr was meant to negate what came before it.

            As in, NXIVM was a great self-help organization that created value for it’s lucky members errrrrrrrr NXIVM was led by a murderous sex addict, and you were lucky to exit the cult unscathed from the terrors that were hidden behind false promises of personal growth.

            I do not believe there were many keggers and pillow fights going on in the dynamic NXIVM community. But, I could be wrong.

      • —Frank should be reporting on the SOP rather than non-Nx topics.

        Other than holding gender reveal parties and nonsexual face-slap-circles, what else has S.O.P done?

        Side Note:
        The only one who’d have given me a good fight was Nippy. I honestly don’t know which of us would win.

    • “I really am fascinated with SOP! Seriously, is there any way for outsiders to join meetings online?”
      -The [redacted]

      Pious Bangkok! You’d fit right in with those virile and brave men. Sadly, there would be no Scout Troop leader to keep your buns warm on cold nights.

  • At the point when Allison pleaded guilty, the branding had already been discussed in detail in court, and in the media. Don’t act like the judge was unaware. On top of which Keith had just been hit with kiddie porn charges. I agree that she could have condemned him way more harshly, but it was, in my opinion, fairly clear that all the women pleaded guilty directly after the child porn charge. Meaning that the writing was on the wall and none of them felt the need to say child molesters are bad or whatever. It was, again in my opinion, far more relevant to just say that this guy isn’t who she thought he was.

    • —Both Aristotle’s Sausage and Pious Bangkok have pierced the veil of Mack’s rhetoric and obfuscations to uncover the truth.

      Shadow believes Mr. Sausage and Bangkok, but not Claviger or the media.


        Project Veritas strikes again!

        They have caught CNN for the SECOND time!

        This time, it was CNN Technical Director Charlie Chester exposing the network.
        Chester boasted about getting Trump out of office. He also admitted to using COVID and the ‘Death Toll Tracker’ to get more ratings.

        • They all do it including FOX. It’s called ratings equal revenue!

          News channels are for-profit businesses! You haven’t uncovered anything.

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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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