In 2018, the world‘s media was shocked by the news that the self-proclaimed preacher of “ethical wisdom”, Keith Raniere, the leader of the so-called Hollywood sex cult NXIVM, had appeared in court. Currently, the channel HBO, the content of which can also be seen on “LMT Smart Television”, shows a multi-series film “The Vow”, which tells in detail about the behind the scenes of this cult. Here are five well-known Hollywood actresses involved.
The series reveals the true face of the marketing company founded by Raniers. From the outside – personality development courses that teach you to live better and happier, but from the inside – a secret, violent sex cult, the followers of which are ignited by the initials and expressions of “gurus”.
NXIVM was founded in 1998 as a classic multi-level marketing scheme in which existing members recruit new ones to help them “grow and improve” as part of a fictional program. Raniers himself became fascinated with the ideas of Scientology and neurolinguistic programming in the eighties, but only after meeting with hypnosis specialist Nancy Salcman was a new program ESP Executive Success Program. It was later renamed NXIVM.
The organization managed to attract several wealthy members, which ensured stable development. Although there were several scandals surrounding the leader at the beginning of the millennium, the organization continued its activities.
In 2006, the then popular Hollywood actress Allison Mack became a member of NXIVM. She was known for the role of Chloe Sullivan in the series “Smolly. The Legend of Superman” (Smallville). For this role even received two Teen Choice awards, has also been nominated for several others. She soon became Raniier’s right-hand man, the main recruiter for women. In 2015, she became the leader of the master / slave group DOS (Dominus Obsequious Sororium). This was a particularly secret group within the organization, another pyramid scheme for women who wanted closer contact with the leader. As a pledge to join this group of “slaves”, they sent their naked photos to Mecca. Later, a special insignia was engraved for women, as it will turn out later, with Ranier’s initials.
In total, there were reportedly about 150 women in this “elite women’s club.”
Mecca is also known to have recruited famous stars such as Harry Potter film actress Emma Watson and singer Kelly Clarkson, promoting the cult as a group of “human development and women’s movement.”
.@EmWatson I participate in a unique human development & women’s movement I’d love to tell you about. As a fellow actress I can relate so…
— Allison Mack (@allisonmack) February 19, 2016
The court found Mecca guilty, and the 38-year-old actress is currently awaiting trial.
Actress Sarah Edmondson, known for her roles in series such as Stargate SG-1 and Salvation, joined the organization at the beginning of the millennium to take self-help courses. The Canadian actress managed to succeed within the organization and become one of the most productive campaigners – with about 2,000 recruited members in her account. She also founded a Canadian branch of the organization.
She, too, was invited to join a “secret group of female slaves,” where she was given a badge. In 2019, she published the book “Scarred”, which openly tells about her experience in cult.
In 2017, she left the organization.
The actress of the series “Battlestar Galactica” Nicki Clyne was one of the most active members of the organization. In 2017, she married actress Ellison Mecca. He was joined by Edmondsone in 2006. Claine herself left the film industry to devote herself to cult work.
Korean-born Canadian actress Grace Park, known for her role in the Battlestar Galactica series, has also been involved in the Ranier organization. His cult was abandoned in 2017, when information about NXIVM’s criminal activities began to appear in the media (New York Times article).
Canadian actress Kristin Kreuk, who is also famous for her role in the series “Smallville” (2001-2009), has been involved in this organization. She reveals that she was recruited around the same time as Elison Mecca.
Her experience differs from that of other women, as Kruka left the organization in 2013 and has not been in contact with NXIVM members since. She said in interviews that she had only attended courses to get rid of her excessive shyness and had not experienced anything illegal or suspicious.
The series, created by the authors of The Great Hack, Egyptian-born creative tandem Karim Amers and Nuzan Najima, reveals that, like many other cults, the NXIVM leader proclaimed love, enlightenment, and ethical values, thus engaging followers more and more deeply in the organization. forcing them to give up their property and privacy.
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The article was written in collaboration with “LMT Smart Television”.