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Actress Allison Mack's neighbor speaks out about NXIVM

HALFMOON, N.Y. (NEWS10) - People in the Knox Woods neighborhood are still on edge following Smallville actress Allison Mack's arrest, the FBI raids, and the news that Keith Raniere was allegedly running a cult headquartered here in the Capital Region.

One woman sat down with NEWS10 ABC’s Ayla Ferrone to tell me what she saw over the years.

"I would say she was second in command here. I know she was."

The woman who is neighbors with Mack spoke to me on the condition she remains anonymous, asking to be referred to as "Anne."

"She's very thin. Blonde, blue-eyed, very pretty. Yeah very thin."

She says she saw Mack in the Knox Woods neighborhood just last week moving out all of her belongings.

"She came back Thursday night late at night. She wasn't here very long. Out her door she went out of her place then the next morning it was 7 in the morning and she was here and gone."

Mack wasn't gone.

She was in Brooklyn and was arrested on federal sex trafficking charges.

"Anne" says she often saw Mack with alleged NXIVM leader Raniere, who also lives nearby.

"There were always people going in and out of her house, cars parked around. Sometimes 10 in the morning, I'd wake up at 6 in the morning and there'd be a car there. There were constant people around. It was like a revolving door around here."

"Anne" has lived in the neighborhood for 17 years and says Raniere never talked to anyone until he approached her in March of 2017.

"After he met me he would wave and I would wave back. Then a week after that I never saw him again."

About 8 months after, Mack reintroduced herself.

"She goes, this is my roommate India. I said okay. And she said have a good day. I said okay you too. And then I never saw her again either."

According to court documents, Mack was responsible for recruiting women for Raniere and "Anne" says she considers Mack a senior member of the cult.

"[She is] not a victim. Not from what I saw here. I'm sorry. Not from what I saw. Well I just hope he never gets out and she never gets out and they never come back."

Court documents show Mack was considered a "master" in the cult, allegedly controlling her own group of slaves for Raniere.

Some of the most recent federal papers claim Mack could be engaged in plea negotiations.

Mack was released on a $5 million bond and will reside with her mother in the Central District of California. She is on home detention with electronic monitoring. Her mom put up her house as collateral. A no contact order with any NXIVM members was also issued.


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