Lawyers for SmallvilleAllison Mac chooses an interesting way to protect the actress from forced labor: Scientology.
According to Deadline (via Yahoo News), Mack's lawyers argued in court documents filed with the Brooklyn Federal Court on Friday that the threat of former actress Chloe Sullivan to publicize what the former members of Nxivm call "pledge" – naked photos relation to relatives – does not comply with the legal norms of “serious harm”, as is required in cases of forced labor. Lawyers argue that, although the pledge is embarrassing, this is not serious harm under the law.
And here comes Scientology.
The argument cites the case of 2009, when the Church of Scientology unsuccessfully sued the couple, also requiring forced labor.
“The court did not find that the plaintiffs were forced to remain in the organization, although if they decide to leave, they will be“ excommunicated ”from their friends and family and marked as“ dissenters ”, said Mack's lawyers. "Thus, the threat of damage to reputation and isolation from close people does not qualify as serious harm."
In addition to allegations of forced labor conspiracy, Mack was also charged with conspiracy to engage in sexual trafficking. Arrested last spring, Mack was under a $ 5 million bail and was placed under house arrest, although she was given permission to go to college and was given extra time outside her home to carry out basic tasks – such as a grocery store – like Well .
Last fall, news emerged that Mack was associated with a group, an organization that was described by former members as a cult. Then, in April, Mack was officially arrested in connection with the case of Nxivm leader Ranier, who himself was arrested in Mexico in March. Both Mack and Ranier pleaded not guilty to the original charges. Ranier was denied bail in June.
If convicted under the new charges, Maku faces up to 20 years in prison for conspiracy with the racket, forced labor and conspiracy with wire fraud in addition to a maximum of 15 years for conspiracy for identity theft. This is all in addition to the mandatory minimum term of up to 15 years until life imprisonment, which Mack encounters on charges of conspiracy to have sex and sex trafficking.
The trial of the Mac should begin on January 7th.