Smallville actor Allison Mack arrested in connection with sex cult
- Author: Kyle Peterson Apr 21, 2018,
Apr 21, 2018, 4:29
The information was given as justification for requesting hefty bond for Allison Mack, the "Smallville" actress who allegedly lured "slaves" into the group then blackmailed them into having sex with its leader, Keith Raniere. Federal Bureau of Investigation agents raided a home in NY connected to Raniere, CBS Los Angeles reports.
Mack, 35, best known for her role as Chloe Sullivan in CW's Smallville, pleaded not guilty Friday afternoon in Brooklyn federal court, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for New York's Eastern District. Mack is set to be arraigned in Friday, while Raniere will be arraigned on a later date.
But prosecutors say DOS was actually a sex-slave ring led by Raniere, with women known as "slaves" who reported to "masters" who ultimately reported to Raniere himself.
Mack is being accused by two unnamed women, identified in official documents as Jane Does 1 and 2, of directly or implicitly requiring them to engage in sexual activity with Raniere.
"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 filings also say that slaves in DOS were branded in the pelvic region with Raniere's initials.
Footage posted online showed Mack and another actress, Nicki Clyne, chasing a police auto after Raniere's arrest.
Raniere, 57, posted an open letter to the Nxivm website, ruing "the picture being painted in the media" about his group and denying any accusations levied against him. He also said that Mack and her "Smallville" co-star, Kristin Kreuk, were used as "poster girls for normalizing the group". Authorities allege Raniere coerced women into a master-slave relationship and forced them to endure 20-30 minute branding "ceremonies" wherein they were branded with a design composed of his initials. Kreuk says she left NXIVM years ago and commended the women who exposed DOS.
If convicted of the crimes charged, Raniere and Mack each face mandatory minimum sentences of 15 years' imprisonment, and up to life imprisonment.