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Accused Nxivm sex-cult lieutenant Allison Mack is expected to be released on $5 million bond — and then be held under house arrest in California — while she awaits trial in Brooklyn federal court on sex-trafficking and forced-labor conspiracy charges for purported her role in the bizarre cult, a judge ruled at her bail hearing Tuesday.
Mack was also ordered not to have contact with any other members of the group, which reportedly includes Seagram’s liquor heiress Clare Bronfman, “Battlestar Galactica” actress Nicki Clyne and India Oxenberg, the daughter of “Dynasty” star Catherine Oxenberg.
“Basically, avoid contact with anyone you know associated in any way with Nxivm. Do you understand?” Judge Viktor Pohorelsky told Mack.
“Yes, your honor,” Mack responded, appearing nervous with her hands behind her back, wearing a khaki jail jumper and blue sneakers.
Her mom, Melinda, secured the bond using Mack’s house in upstate Clifton Park, her parents’ Los Alamitos, Calif., home and a retirement account. Mack was ordered to wear an ankle monitor. Officials are coordinating her release with agencies in California, where she will be staying, presumably with her parents.
Mack and Nxivm leader Keith Raniere allegedly kept women as “slaves” and “branded” them with Raniere’s initials, prosecutors say.
Raniere was arrested in March, and Mack was arrested last week. Both have pleaded not guilty.
It is possible Mack has cut a deal with prosecutors to inform on Raniere. Her lawyers filed an affidavit Friday temporarily waving her right to a speedy trial as “they are engaged in plea negotiations, which they believe are likely to result in a disposition of this case without trial.”
Nxivm spokesman-turned-critic Frank Parlato said the apparent cooperation could be a ruse, but “speculation by those around [Mack] is that she will wake up.”
Her next court date is May 3.
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