Allison Mack’s wife, Nicki Clyne, swears that NXIVM wasn’t a ‘sex cult’ for Keith Raniere and the former ‘Battlestar Galactica’ actress claims she was ‘a partner’ of his for ‘over a decade.’
“I find this idea completely absurd and even offensive — as a woman and a partner of [Keith Raniere’s] for over a decade,” Nicki Clyne, 37, reportedly wrote in a letter of support for the NXIVM leader, according to Page Six. In the letter, which Page Six reports was unsealed Tuesday (Oct. 20) in a Brooklyn federal court, the Battlestar Galactica actress said that it was “absurd” to claim that NXIVM was created as a way to “for Keith to have sex partners.”
“I have never known Keith to want intimacy with someone who doesn’t want it, and it’s a ridiculous notion to think he would have gone to all that trouble for sex,” said Nicki, according to Page Six. Nicki’s letter was reportedly one of dozens submitted by former NXIVM students and supporters ahead of Keith’s sentencing for sex-trafficking and other charges. As Keith, Nicki, and Nicki’s wife, Allison Mack, wait to learn Raniere’s fate, here’s what you need to know about Nicki:
1. Nicki is an actress. Nicki is best known for her role as Cally Henderson Tyrol on the Sci-Fi Channel’s reboot of Battlestar Galactica. She also had roles in a 2002 episode of The Twilight Zone, The L Word, Dark Angel, and Dead Like Me. Her most recent roles were a voice in Godkiller: Walk Among Us in 2010 and as Gail Gartner in the TV show, Personal Space.
2. She has been married to Allison Mack since 2017. During Alison Mack’s April 2018 arraignment, it was revealed that she had married Nicki Clyne a year before. Frank Parlato, a journalist, blogger, and NXIVM’s one-time publicist told PEOPLE that Nicki had “been in the cult for 12 years. She quit her regular role with Battlestar to follow Raniere.”
3. Nicki is an outspoken defender of NXIVM. Clyne’s letter wasn’t the first time she publicly voiced her support for the self-help organization and alleged sex cult. “It’s very unfortunate the way that the word NXIVM has been applied and is now synonymous with the term sexual cult, which I don’t even know how to define what that is,” she said in a September 2020 interview with CBS This Morning. Nicki admitted to being a member of DOS, NXIVM’s all-female secret society that reportedly branded members with Keith’s initials.
“We’re not denying that certain things took place,” said Nicki. “There is evidence that certain things happened. How they happened, why they happened, and how certain people chose them — that’s a whole other conversation.”
4. Nicki claims she could have changed the outcome of Keith and Allison’s trials. Though Nicki was accused of being a recruiter for Raniere by a former DOS member, the ex-Galactica actress has never been charged with a crime. In the documents obtained by Page Six, she also said that the trial would have gone a different way if she was allowed to testify. “My testimony would have countered much of what the prosecution’s witnesses alleged and dismantled the Government’s entire theory about DOS,” she reportedly wrote in her letter, “reframing it from a sinister ‘sex cult,’ to a group of women who sought guidance from a trusted and intelligent man, and created a secret sorority for women that implemented some somewhat unconventional practices in the pursuit of growth and personal freedom.”
5. She hasn’t been in touch with her wife. “I haven’t been able to speak to her for a year and [a] half. Part of the conditions of her bail is that she can’t speak to anyone who is affiliated in any way with the case or NXIVM,” Nicki said, adding: “This has been the hardest, most humbling experience of my life.” However, when asked if she would still go back to Keith and NXIVM, she said, “Yeah. I wouldn’t trade my experiences for anything.”