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Allison sadness & Wellingbaum Joy [Apr. 22nd, 2018|09:45 pm]
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Allison is in jail in New York, a sad ending to the long cult saga.

Among the details to leak out was that the cult leader ordered the women to consume only a tiny amount of food, 500 calories a day, and jog for hours every day. This was partly to ensure the women matched his preferred body type, but surely also partly to break down their mental resistance. A person can't think straight eating that little, the brain needs nutrients as well as the body. Allison followed this regimen for years and I have no doubt it helped warp her thinking.

She is a victim but also a perpetrator of the abuse. Jail is what she deserves, but also perhaps what she needs to finally break away from the leader's control.

In much happier news, Michael and Tom are on a convention tour in Australia and the result has been extreme cuteness!





Firstly: Two Very Important Videos in which Michael interrupts Tom's interviews by putting his hands all over Tom's remarkably broad shoulders and chest:

https://twitter.com/julianprice_/status/987979007516753920

https://twitter.com/9NewsMelb/status/987954086908579842

Michael cuddles a vendor at the Con.


Remember how we would go YEARS without getting a photo of the guys together?

They have a week in Australia before the next convention, which hopefully means more sightseeing shots!


Love the costumes on these ladies!


They wore these same shirts in DC, LOL. No complaints - they are beautiful (& the fan is lovely as well.)


Not sure who the "Wombat Crossing" folks are but admire their aesthetic!



Hopefully many more great Australian pics to come!
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2018-04-27 10:50 pm (UTC)
And rumours are that Allison may be cutting a deal, so it sounds like she may have already been brought to her senses somewhat now that the head of the cult is in prison and no longer able to manipulate her.
That would be very good news. Get this guy locked up before he exploits any more women.

I place most of the blame on this Keith person and see her as another one of his victims, but the general consensus seems to be that they were working together and that she’s almost as bad as he is, which I just can’t see. I mean she was working with him obviously in that she was recruiting women for him, but it was hardly an equal partnership!
While Raniere is the main villain and I agree that Allison is also a victim, she put other women in harm's way in order to "keep her man." And that is a very dangerous mindset. She seemingly didn't care that other women were getting hurt, as long as Raniere was pleased with her.

I think she needs intensive therapy to get through the initial deprogramming, but also to deal with the guilt that will follow. But if she is open about her experiences, she could assist law enforcement by giving them a window into the cult mindset: how and why she was drawn in, why she wouldn't just walk away.

The US news program 20/20 has another hour long special on the cult tonight, with more ex members coming out and speaking. Will be watching - curious if KK will have agreed to an interview.
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[User Picture]From: frelling_tralk
2018-04-27 11:09 pm (UTC)
Oh I definitely agree about intensive therapy being a good idea, I don’t mean to downplay that Allison did do some awful things by all accounts as part of this cult, just that I’m not comfortable with the discussions I’m coming across on places like Reddit and ONTD where nearly everyone seems to be acting like she’s a co-conspirer who was scheming and working alongside Keith Raniere, as opposed to being one of his many brainwashed victims who was suffering from the same prolonged sleep deprivation and malnutrition that all of the women were put under in order to make them easier to control.

The whole thing is just really sad to me, I wonder what cast members like John Glover and Cassidy Freeman are making of it all when they seemed particularly close with Allison
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2018-04-27 11:54 pm (UTC)
I understood what you meant, that the focus has been on Allison, rather than the actual cult leader (who is the most guilty and most dangerous.)

I’m not comfortable with the discussions I’m coming across on places like Reddit and ONTD where nearly everyone seems to be acting like she’s a co-conspirer who was scheming and working alongside Keith Raniere, as opposed to being one of his many brainwashed victims who was suffering from the same prolonged sleep deprivation and malnutrition that all of the women were put under in order to make them easier to control.
I think she's getting talked about more than KR simply because she's famous and he wasn't, and she played a character that so many people loved that there's this sense of betrayal. But she is also a victim, no question.

I wonder what cast members like John Glover and Cassidy Freeman are making of it all when they seemed particularly close with Allison
You probably saw the poster at ONTD who said Allison went to John's play just a few days before her arrest...must have been shocking for John to see her in her current state. When I saw AM at a con panel a few years ago, she said that John was the SV cast member she was closest to (this would have been after her break with KK) He may have tried to help her but JG is also 73 years old...it would be hard for him to deprogram her especially if her own family were on board with the cult.
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2018-04-28 10:19 pm (UTC)
One new tidbit for you - last night, Sarah Edmondson, one of the first victims to speak out against the cult, was interviewed on 20/20. She said she considers Allison "as much a victim as the rest of us." If other victims say the same, then that strengthens AM's defense. I wonder if the severity of the charges against her are a way to get her to turn on KR?
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