Sex Cult Leader Allison Mack Says The ‘NXIVM’ Brandings Were Her Idea

As more details emerge about the deeply cooked sex cult known as NXIVM, headed up by Keith Raniere and Smallville actress Allison Mack – who have both been charged with human trafficking – we’ve also come to learn that the female followers of the group were all branded with a symbol denoting their dedication to Raniere and the NXIVM clan.

As reported by the New York Times, the symbol branded on the cult’s followers were branded by one of the cult’s ‘alphas’ – an osteopath wielding a cauterising pen. These women were never told the true meaning behind the symbol they all carried, but it was believed that it signified the seven chakras, or the Greek lettering for ‘alpha’ and ‘mu’ beneath a horizontal bar. If you look closely though, you can make out the letters K, R, for Keith Raniere, and A, M, for Allison Mack.

Speaking with the NYT, Allison Mack claimed responsibility for the branding, saying that an idea of group tattoos was initially suggested, but she wanted to do something that took more gall than something you might get done on a whim.

“I was like: ‘Y’all, a tattoo? People get drunk and tattooed on their ankle ‘BFF,’ or a tramp stamp,” she said. “I have two tattoos and they mean nothing.’ “

It’s reported that members wore surgical face masks during the branding sessions to dispell the scent of burning flesh, and the whole concept of branding drove away quite a few NXIVM members from the group entirely.

Mack and Raniere are due to stand trial in October, where they will learn whether they’ll be convicted of sex trafficking – a crime that holds a sentence of up to 15 years imprisonment.