Lawyers in NXIVM case cite 2009 Scientology case in defense against forced labor charge

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According to court papers filed on Friday in the NXIVM case, Allison Mack’s defense lawyers are citing a case involving the Church of Scientology to argue Mack is not guilty of forced labor.

Mack and NXIVM leader Keith Raniere are accused of using photos and statements to get free work and to force sex with Raniere.

Macks’ lawyers argue that her alleged threat to release naked photos and disparaging statements made by cult members against their relatives does not rise to the threat of “serious harm” required to prove someone engaged in forced labor. In the filing, Mack’s defense cites a 2009 court ruling involving the Church of Scientology that determined threats of embarrassment do not always amount to serious harm under the law.

Mack has been free on a $5 million bond since her arrest in the spring.

Read the full court filing HERE: 

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