'Smallville' star Allison Mack arrested for alleged links to 'sex cult'

Lula Sharp
April 21, 2018

She is scheduled for a court hearing in Brooklyn federal court to take place Friday afternoon.

A statement on the NXIVM website reads: "In response to the allegations against our founder, Keith Raniere, we are now working with the authorities to demonstrate his innocence and true character".

Its leader, Keith Raniere, was arrested in Mexico during March and charged with sex trafficking and forced labor conspiracy. Mack is set to be arraigned in Friday, while Raniere will be arraigned on a later date.

As previously reported, Mack has been linked to the group NXIVM (pronounced "Nexium") since 2006.

"As alleged in the indictment, Allison Mack recruited women to join what was purported to be a female mentorship group that was, in fact, created and led by Keith Raniere". "The victims were then exploited, both sexually and for their labor, to the defendants' benefit".

The women were taught that the society would empower and strengthen them, according to prosecutors.

Raniere and Nxivm have been the subject of criticism for years, dating back to at least 2012 when the Times Union of Albany published a series of articles examining the organization and allegations that it was like a cult.

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The filings also say that slaves in DOS were branded in the pelvic region with Raniere's initials.

Raniere has called NXIVM a self-help group, but investigators allege it was a multi-level marketing scheme used as a ruse to enslave and traffic women for sex.

According to the statement from the U.S. Attorney, as well as other court documents and previous reports, Mack and other DOS members would recruit new members by informing them they would be joining a women's only group.

Since NXIVM's creation, Raniere has maintained poly-amorous relationships with its members, according to the complaint.

"During the branding ceremonies, slaves were required to be fully naked, and the master would order one slave to film while the other held down the slave being branded", the complaint claimed, describing alleged ritualistic ceremonies held by the group.

If convicted, Raniere and Mack face mandatory minimum sentences of 15 years to life in prison.

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