[Blind Gossip] This actress is probably best known for her role on a TV series that ran for many seasons starting in the early aughts.
She has supposedly been spending a lot of her time working her way up to a leadership position in some organization that holds “self-improvement” workshops.
She is like the female version of Tom Cruise at [the organization]. She is a celebrity who worked her way up the chain of command and now is one of the controlling members. She recruits new members who are almost all female. If she recruits them, she gets to brand them with her initials.
Say what now?
It turns out that there are some crazy rumors out there that the “self-improvement” workshops allegedly lead to sex slavery pyramid schemes and blackmail and branding women in their private parts. Allegedly!
Some have called the organization “a cult.”
Sounds like a case for Leah Remini!
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[Optional] Has anyone ever tried to convince you to join a cult or religion or pyramid scheme?
Actress: Allison Mack from Smallville
This one is so creepy that we are going to skip the usual chatter and point you to three other resources.
The New York Times just published an article about a cult known as NXIVM (it’s pronounced Nexium). Here’s a blurb:
Inside a Secretive Group Where Women Are Branded
…Each woman was told to undress and lie on a massage table, while three others restrained her legs and shoulders. According to one of them, their “master,” a top Nxivm official named Lauren Salzman, instructed them to say: “Master, please brand me, it would be an honor.”
A female doctor proceeded to use a cauterizing device to sear a two-inch-square symbol below each woman’s hip, a procedure that took 20 to 30 minutes. For hours, muffled screams and the smell of burning tissue filled the room…
You can read the entire article here, but we will warn you that it is disturbing.
There have been several celebrities associated with the cult. One of them is Allison Mack, who formerly starred on Smallville. Her own website bio confirms her involvement with the founder of the cult, whom she calls her “mentor,” and her role as president of one of the divisions.
We would not be surprised if she now tries to distance herself from them, so, before that happens, here’s a screengrab from AllisonMack.com.
A quick online search will help you find the other celebrities who have been affiliated with the cult.
Finally, The New York Times article cites a source named Frank Parlato. He is a former member of the group who is now working to expose their practices. Frank Parlato is to NXIVM what Leah Remini is to Scientology. You can find Frank’s blog here. The section that he just published about the cult members being branded with the founder’s initials or Allison Mack’s initials is particularly disturbing.
We are now we’re going to step away from this weirdness.
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