Actress Allison Mack filmed herself bragging about her work with a ‘female empowerment group’ she is accused of using to recruit women into a sex cult.
In the video, which was filmed in 2013 but resurfaced after she appeared in court charged with sex trafficking on Tuesday, Mack says her work with organization Jness is ‘the most gratifying thing I’ve ever done’.
The former Smallville star says her favorite part about the job is ‘watching the women who are involved in Jness completely transform and evolve’.
In another part of the video, which takes the form of a Q&A, she praises Girls writer and star Lena Dunham, saying she is ‘incredible’ for working ‘without fear’.
Allison Mack filmed herself talking about her work with Jness, and organization that was allegedly used to recruit women for a sex cult, in 2013. In the footage, she says the work is ‘the most gratifying thing I’ve ever done’
Mack (pictured outside court yesterday) said the most rewarding part of the job was ‘watching women completely transform and evolve’
In response to the question ‘what’s it like working for Jness’, Mack says: ‘ It’s the most challenging thing I’ve ever done because it consists of working with a group of people who are totally interdependent, meaning we’re all working together and no-one is ever punished or told that they’re wrong or bad.’
She continues: ‘I would say that working for Jness is the most satisfying and purposeful thing I’ve ever done
‘Watching the women who are involved in Jness completely transform and evolve in a way that is so pure, is such a privilege.
‘Literally seeing people’s life path completely turn 180 degrees, where in one moment they really felt like this was all that they had and this was all they could do, and then they come through Jness and start working with us and in our community and it’s like a whole other life is born through the new experience of themselves and that is incredibly satisfying and gratifying thing to do.
‘Working for Jness is grounding and satisfying and humbling and wonderful, just wonderful.’
Mack appeared in a Brooklyn court on Tuesday charged with two counts of sex trafficking and one count of conspiracy to commit forced labor.
She was released on a $5million bond on the condition that she submit to house arrest at her parents’ property in California.
The Smallville actress is accused of two charges of sex trafficking and one charge of conspiracy to commit forced labor, which could see her jailed for life
Mack was freed on a $5million bond yesterday after mother Melinda put up her house as collateral and agreed to keep Mack under arrest there
Keith Raniere is accused of running the cult and having sex with two underage women, aged 15 and 12, while at its head
Mack was also ordered to cut all ties with NIXVM, the cult she is alleged to have recruited for, thought it was not clear if this would include wife Nicki Clyne, who is still a member.
She must also limit online communication to her attorneys and must also wear an electronic bracelet to monitor her movements.
Mack told the court that her legal team are currently in the process of arranging a plea bargain and there is a ‘reasonable likelihood’ the negotiations ‘will result in a disposition of this case without trial.’
She has pleaded not guilty to the three charges against her.
Multiple women have come forward to say that Mack attempted to recruit them into the cult, including Sixth Sense actress Samia Shoaib.
Mack also tweeted Harry Potter star Emma Watson and singer Kelly Clarkson, both well-known champions of women’s rights movements, about Jness.
‘I’m a fellow actress like yourself & involved in an amazing women’s movement I think you’d dig,’ Mack wrote to Watson in January 2016. ‘I’d love to chat if you’re open.’
Three years earlier she wrote to Clarkson: ‘I heard through the grapevine that you’re a fan of Smallville. I’m a fan of yours as well! I’d love to chat sometime.’
Keith Raniere is accused of running the sex cult, with an organization named Nixvm – pronounced Nexium – at the core.
Two sister organizations, called DOS – which stands for Dominos Obsequious Sororium, or Master Over the Slave Women – and Jness then stemmed from that.
Women were allegedly put on a 500 to 800 calorie-per-day diet, subjected to beatings, and had Raniere and Mack’s initials carved into their pelvic areas
Mack attempted to recruit Emma Watson to Jness via Twitter in 2016, while actress Samia Shoaib said Mack approached her about joining in 2013
According to Frank Parlato, a blogger who has written extensively about the cult citing anonymous ex-members, said that Jness acted as the first port of call for potential recruits.
‘Jness is open to females who want to take entry level self improvement courses on female empowerment,’ he wrote.
‘A beginner is not told about the higher level teachings until she proves qualified.
‘The ‘cream’ of Jness women are invited to join DOS, and the ‘cream’ of DOS women are invited to join Mr. Raniere’s harem.’
Mack allegedly helped found DOS with Raniere and ran Jness for him.
Once indoctrinated into the cult, women were allegedly put on a 500 to 800-calorie per day diet because Raniere preferred his women thin.
They were also subjected to beatings for breaking rules and had Mack and Raniere’s initials carved into their pelvic areas, prosecutors say.
The FBI says Raniere ‘maintained a rotating group of fifteen to twenty women with whom he maintains sexual relationships’ and that the women were banned from having sex with anyone but him.
Raniere is accused of having sexual relations with two underage women while leading the cult, one aged 15 and another aged 12. He is due in court this week.