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Allison Mack Admits To Developing NXIVM Branding Practice That Burned Womens' Flesh

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Months before she was arrested on sex trafficking charges for her alleged involvement in the NXIVM sex cult, Allison Mack admitted she was the one who developed the group’s horrific branding practice.

In a rare and shocking interview with New York Times Magazine, Mack painted the branding procedure – where women’s bodies are cauterized with hot irons – as a positive experience.

“She told me, ‘I was like: ‘Ya’ll, a tattoo? People get drunk and tattooed on their ankle ‘BFF,’ or a tramp stamp. I have two tattoos and they mean nothing,’” journalist Vanessa Grigoriadis recalled.

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The former Smallville actress added that the branding practice was more “meaningful” and “something that took guts,” the report explained.

As readers know, the terrifying branding process requires women within NXIVM to strip down, lay on a medical table and have a “hot cauterizing iron” seared into their skin for 45 minutes, former member Sarah Edmondson revealed.

On A&E’s Cults and Extreme Belief special that aired May 28 and 29, Edmondson recalled “weeping and crying” during the torture. She also claimed the women were not told about the painful procedure beforehand.


The bumpy red symbol that appears above the cult members’ genital region is believed to be the leader Keith Raniere’s initials.

“I have Keith’s initials on my crotch,” said Edmondson.

Mack – who is currently under house arrest at her parents’ California home – also told the journalist that she took on women as slaves within NXIVM so she could get over jealousy, the report stated.

“She told me she knew she needed to ‘get right’ with her longstanding jealousy issues with younger, more attractive women,” the journalist wrote.

Raniere and Mack are scheduled to appear in court on June 13.

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