Nicki Clyne

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Nicki Clyne
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Clyne at the 2011 New York Comic Con
Born (1983-02-11) February 11, 1983 (age 39) [1]
OccupationActress
Years active2000–present
Notable work
Battlestar Galactica
Spouse(s)
(m. 2017)
Websitewww.nickiclyne.com

Nicki Clyne is a Canadian actress, known for her role as Cally Henderson on the SyFy television series Battlestar Galactica. Clyne is a member of NXIVM, an American cult and a defunct multi-level marketing large-group awareness training company.[2]

Career[edit]

Clyne is known for her role as Cally Henderson in the 2003 reimagining of Battlestar Galactica. Like several members of the cast, she was originally cast in a minor, non-recurring role but, having impressed the showrunners, became a major part of the series until her character's death in season four.[3] In 2018, she appeared with fellow Battlestar alumnus Richard Hatch in the web series Personal Space.[4]

She was also featured in two episodes of the podcast Tiki Bar TV,[5] and presented an episode of HypaSpace.[citation needed] She stars alongside Lance Henriksen, Danielle Harris, Bill Moseley, and AFI's Davey Havok in the "illustrated film" series Godkiller.[6] Clyne hosted two seasons of Syfy's Blastr TV, covering science fiction pop culture and events.[7] She appeared in the independent film Lunamancer.

NXIVM[edit]

Clyne is a member of NXIVM, a multi-level marketing company and cult that engaged in sex trafficking, forced labour and racketeering. By her own account, she attended her first NXIVM event In November 2005, an "intensive with Executive Success Programs (ESP)."[8] It has been reported that Clyne left Battlestar Galactica in 2008 to focus on being a full-time member of NXIVM. Clyne denies the claim.[9][10]

Relationships with Keith Raniere and Allison Mack[edit]

Clyne has given statements to a federal court and the press that she has been a sexual partner of Keith Raniere for over a decade.[8][11] While in a relationship with Raniere, Clyne married the American actress Allison Mack of Smallville, a fellow member of NXIVM and DOS and a sexual partner of Raniere, in a 2017 marriage witnessed by another NXIVM member. The marriage was little discussed until Mack was arrested in 2018.[12]

Fox News reported in 2018 that the marriage is an immigration-related sham marriage to keep Clyne (a Canadian citizen) in the United States.[13] Mack filed for divorce from Clyne in 2020.[14][1]

The Knife of Aristotle and DOS[edit]

In 2014, NXIVM adherent Rosa Laura Junco (daughter of Alejandro Junco de la Vega) founded the media organization The Knife of Aristotle, later shortened to The Knife. Clyne was given a job with the organization, and was credited as its "Executive Producer."[15][16]

By Clyne's account, she helped Keith Raniere found a "secret sisterhood" that started in 2015 called "DOS," (also known as "the Sorority," and "the Vow.")[8] As alleged by the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, DOS was arranged as a pyramidal organization with Raniere at the apex and subordinates Clyne, Mack and others as its "First Line." The First Line were Raniere's direct slaves, instructed to become "masters" by recruiting slaves of their own. The slaves of the First Line (and below) were to treat Raniere as "Grandmaster," but were not allowed at first to know of Raniere's participation.[17]

The DOS sorority required a number of acts of devotion involving masochism or submission. These acts included ceremonies conducted in the nude, involving branding with a symbol that (undisclosed to several recipients) was a monogram of the initials of Keith Raniere.[18] Members were instructed to provide humiliating photos and derogatory information about themselves as "collateral" used to blackmail them into obedience. At trial, several recruits to DOS indicated their masters told them to have sex with Keith Raniere or an individual acting as his proxy. The group also practiced forms of corporal punishment ("penances") as well as severe caloric restriction.[19][20][21][22][23]

In October 2017 the New York Times ran an expose of Raniere, NXIVM and its relationship to DOS.[24] The New York Post reported Raniere fled to Mexico the next month.[25] In February 2018, Clyne's Instagram account ran a photograph from a Mexican beach resort.[26] In March 2018, Mexican police raided the vacation home where Raniere, and DOS members Clyne and Mack were staying. The Mexican government expelled Raniere as persona non grata, and he was arrested by the United States.[27] A witness to the raid stated that the day was supposed to be a "recommitment ceremony" involving group sex with Raniere.[28]

Revelations from USA v. Raniere[edit]

After Raniere's arrest, a grand jury in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York continued to investigate Raniere and his associates. In addition to Keith Raniere, prosecutors charged Allison Mack, Clare Bronfman and several others for activities involving either DOS or NXIVM. The group as a whole were treated as a racketeering enterprise centering on human and sex trafficking of NXIVM and DOS members, as well as illegal acts targeting enemies of the organization. Though Clyne was subpoenaed to testify before the grand jury, she asserted her Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination and escaped prosecution.[29]

All indicted members of the conspiracy chose to accept plea deals before jury selection, save for Keith Raniere, who stood trial and was found guilty. A government witness testified that she and Clyne edited the recording of Sarah Edmondson's branding in an attempt to preempt the October 2017 New York Times report. The same cooperator testified to Clyne having ownership of a DOS "Sorority House," through a shell company, as corroborated by property records; this house was sold for $330,847.86. In tandem with another DOS member's purchase of sex toys and bondage gear for the house, the government established that the defendants used Clyne's house as part of a proven human trafficking conspiracy, and moved to administratively seize the proceeds for compensation of its victims.[30][31][32][33][34][35][36]

In a 2020 prosecution memorandum opposing the retrial of Keith Raniere, prosecutors stated their position that "the cache of DOS materials, including collateral, in Clyne’s possession is the product of fraud and extortion, as was demonstrated at trial."[37]

Continued loyalty to Raniere[edit]

Following Raniere's conviction, Clyne and other NXIVM members launched an activist group We Are As You and accompanying website WeAreTheForgottenOnes.org. The members of the organization danced outside of Metropolitan Detention Center, Brooklyn, where Raniere was detained, ostensibly to cheer up prisoners who were unable to have visitors due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[38] The movement faced backlash from former NXIVM members for using the #BlackLivesMatter hashtag on its social media posts and questioning why the movement only targeted the prison where Raniere is located, and how it could serve as a possible attempt to recruit new members.[39]

Since Raniere was relocated out of Brooklyn to United States Penitentiary, Tucson, the group's website has been abandoned and cybersquatted; its last Internet Archive snapshot was November 2020.[40]

In August 2020, the government filed exhibits ahead of Raniere's sentencing indicating that he sent messages to Clyne through via the Federal Bureau of Prisons-monitored TRULINCS email system, the contents of which include messages condemning government witnesses for having "broken vows," and calling them "apostate sorority sisters."[41]

In September 2020, one month before Raniere was sentenced to 120 years in prison,[42] Clyne spoke out in his defence in an interview with CBS News This Morning.[43][44] Footage of Clyne was used in season one of the HBO documentary series The Vow.[45]

Clyne, Allison Mack, and other NXIVM associates were named as defendants in a civil lawsuit filed in federal court by 80 former NXIVM members in January 2020. The lawsuit charging the NXIVM organization of being a pyramid scheme, exploitation of its recruits and conducting illegal human experiments and making it "physically and psychologically difficult, and in some cases impossible, to leave the coercive community." Clyne is defending herself pro se and in a statement says, "I do not have any assets that would grant any relief or compensation for the Plaintiffs’ alleged hardships… I have a 2011 Subaru to my name."[46][47][48][49][50]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2004 Saved! Guitar Player
2004 Ill Fated Barb
2006 John Tucker Must Die Beautiful Girl #2
2010 Godkiller Soledad (voice)
2010 Godkiller: Walk Among Us Soledad (voice)

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2000 Just Deal Girl Student #2 Episode: "Homecoming"
2001 Level 9 Alesha Episode: "Avatar"
2001 Hostage Negotiator Alicia TV film
2001 Dark Angel Fixit / X6 Episode: "Bag 'Em"
2002 Smallville Talon Waitress Episode: "Nicodemus"
2002 Mysterious Ways June Grissom Episode: "Listen"
2002 Due East Stacy TV film
2002 Damaged Care Bryanna's College Friend TV film
2002 I Was a Teenage Faust Heather TV film
2002 The Twilight Zone Theresa Episode: "Night Route"
2003 The Dead Zone Erin Salkowe Episode: "Descent"
2003 Battlestar Galactica Cally TV miniseries
2004 The L Word Delilah Episode: "Losing It"
2004 Zolar Keiko TV film
2004 Dead Like Me Janelle Episode: "In Escrow"
2004–2008 Battlestar Galactica Cally Henderson Tyrol Recurring role (36 episodes)
2005 Tiki Bar TV Space Cadet TV series
2006 Battlestar Galactica: The Resistance Crewman Specialist Cally Tyrol TV miniseries
2006 Totally Awesome Billie TV film
2021 The Vow Herself TV documentary series

Audio books[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2013 World War Z Sharon

Web videos[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2018 Personal Space Gail Gartner Published through Prime Video Direct

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