A new A&E series looks to shine a light on some of the most controversial organizations in history—and they're kicking things off by investigating a case that's been at the forefront of news lately.
In Cults and Extreme Belief, television journalist Elizabeth Vargas hosts conversations with former members and past devotees of several destructive and influential sects, including the Twelve Tribes, Sanctuary Church and The Family. Their two-night series premiere will focus solely on NXIVM, a group which has dominated the media cycle after the recent arrest of its leader, Keith Raniere, as well as former Smallville actress Allison Mack, who had been one of its members for the past 10 years.
As previously reported on SYFY FANGRRLS, Mack was arrested on charges of sex trafficking and other crimes in connection to an alleged "sex cult" known as NXIVM (pronounced "Nexium"). While Mack is reportedly considering a plea deal at the present time, continued investigations into her exact role as a part of NXIVM are still ongoing.
Recent scrutiny of Mack's various social media feeds has unearthed several posts in which the actress attempted to recruit several other women for a movement called Jness (a purported self-help group with ties to NXIVM), including Harry Potter actress Emma Watson and actress/producer Rashida Jones.
You can watch the trailer for the series premiere of Cults and Extreme Belief, where former NXIVM member Sarah Edmondson shares some of the harrowing details of her involvement with the group in conversation with Vargas.
Cults and Extreme Belief will premiere on A&E on Monday, May 28 and Tuesday, May 29.