Nxivm Sex Cult Housed Secret “Pod” in Brooklyn Heights

File this story under “you can’t make this stuff up!” With the arrest and arraignment of “Smallville” actress, Allison Mack on sex trafficking and other related charges, The Brooklyn Daily Eagle reports an offshoot of the pyramid scheme”self-help” group and purported cult Nxivm (pronounced NEKS-ee-əm) took up residence at “111 Hicks St., a Brooklyn Heights tower, where up to a dozen [sex] slaves allegedly stayed for various rituals over the past year, according to Frank Parlato, a former publicist for Nxivm who has turned whistleblower.”

Among the women allegedly housed in Brooklyn Heights are daughter of Dynasty actress Catherine Oxenberg, India. Artvoice blog reports Canadian “Battlestar Galactica” actress Nicki Clyne recently married Mack in order to remain in the United States and hold sway over the Brooklyn “slaves.” Mack leveraged her celebrity status to recruit victims at events held at a private residence in Williamsburg. The reported “rituals” are likely to have subjected the victims to the group’s known tactics of blackmailing with “collateral” of incriminating photos, videos or other damaging information, the branding of their bodies, starvation diets, forced labor all leading up to sexual encounters with leader Keith Raniere.

Spurred by Frank Parlato’s accounts, many news outlets have published in-depth exposes on the group’s exploits including  The New York Times,20/20, Rolling Stone and Vanity Fair. Founded in Albany, NY by Keith Raniere and associate Nancy Salzman in 1998, the group touts itself as a “multi-level marketing organization” offering “Executive Success Programs” as a series of seminars. Attendees were required to address Raniere and Salzman as “Vanguard” and “Prefect” respectively. The group has boasted billionaire Richard Branson, Dynasty actress Lynda Evans, daughter of former Mexican President Vincente Fox, Ana Cristina Fox and BET Co-Founder Sheila Johnson as patrons.

Seagram’s heiresses Sara and Clare Bronfman, are also among the group’s most entrenched devotees. Raniere was arrested in Mexico last month and Parlato reports Clare Bronfman, “a true fanatic,” has moved to South Brooklyn to be near her svengali, fund and run the organization while he is held in federal lock up in Marine Park. If convicted both Raniere and Mack face mandatory 15 years to life.

And it just gets weirder and weirder. Unsurprisingly, a television show is already in the works.

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  • Teresa

    It’s been interesting to watch big news outlets pick up this story. The Times Union in Albany has been covering it for years and deserves much of the credit for its discovery.

  • Andrew Porter

    And to think that the Club Wyld Fyre has absolutely nothing to do with this!

  • Knight

    Not sure why they’re picturing the St. George Tower. None of the people mentioned in the article ever lived there.

  • http://selfabsorbedboomer.blogspot.com/ Claude Scales

    111 Hicks Street is the St. George Tower.

  • TVC15

    It is not clear from the post or from the discussion who among the miscreant(s) was living at 111 Hicks Street (yes, aka the “St. George Tower”).

    Was Ms. Mack living there? Was Ms. Mack or another person named in the article a bona fide shareholder and resident? Was the board and management aware of any issues?

    Perhaps the BHB can be specific? Please name names. That would be helpful.

    The building is a co-op with a (supposedly) careful vetting of new co-op shareholders and very few sublets, although in recent years there has been a very large increase in the number of complaints from residents about noise issues and similar quality-of-life issues. (This is well-documented and has been communicated to residents in multiple newsletters.)

  • http://selfabsorbedboomer.blogspot.com/ Claude Scales

    According to the Eagle story, Allison Mack was arrested at 111 Hicks, while “in the building.” It’s not inconceivable that the co-op board would have approved a successful TV actor.

  • Andrew Porter

    When renovated in the 1970s, it was a rental. I would imagine it was a non-eviction conversion, so anyone already there got to stay.

    I suspect the noise complaints are due to the several buildings of the Educational Housing Service (EHS) which house those rowdy college students.

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x7nPOzGeyaw Arch Stanton

    The tower was completely vacant before it was renovated.

  • Andrew Porter

    Yes, it was vacant. After it was renovated into apartments from individual rooms with bathrooms down the hall, it was a rental.

    Tried to change my original post, but it’s frozen.

  • TVC15

    Yes, it’s been a co-op for many years. Folks who live there tell me that the recent noise and quality-of-lfe issues are entirely an in-house issue (the EHS has no direct effect on their co-op, and the students are not seen as a problem) – it’s a case of many new, young shareholders in their co-op with more money than common sense or responsibility – a problem in many buildings and neighborhoods these days!

    It would be good to know more about Ms. Mack if the Eagle or other sources can gather information.