actress Allison Mack was arrested Friday for her alleged
involvement in sex slave cult Nxivm. (Reuters)
actress Allison Mack was arraigned on Friday
at a federal courthouse in New York following her arrest on sex
trafficking and conspiracy to commit forced labor charges as part an
alleged sex cult, Fox News confirmed Friday.
35-year-old was last seen in March running after purported cult
leader Keith Raniere as police hauled him away from a $10,000-a-week
Mexican villa where the pair had reportedly been hiding out.
have no comment on the arrest this afternoon of Allison Mack," a rep
for the star told Fox News. But the
New York Post reported that Mack pleaded not
the co-founder of the self-help organization and alleged cult NXIVM,
stands accused of keeping numerous women as slaves and branding his
initials into their skin.
was was arraigned last week on the same charges as Mack and was
denied bail as he awaits his next court appearance on April 27.
appeared in "Smallville," a TV series about a young Clark Kent, from
2001-2011, before dedicating her life to NXIVM and Raniere.
Kreuk and Allison Mack, co-stars in the long-running
Superman-prequel TV series 'Smallville,' have been accused
of allegedly being 'key recruiters' for a violent sex-slave
cult called NXIVM, and run by recently arrested self-help
guru Keith Raniere.
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,” U.S. Attorney Richard P. Donoghue
said in a statement. “The victims were then exploited, both sexually
and for their labor, to the defendants’ benefit."
to NXIVM’s former publicist, Frank Parlato, Mack came up with the
idea of a secret society of women within the organization who would
be branded near their groin area.
was the principal recruiter of young slaves for Raniere,” Parlato
told Fox News on Friday. “They nicknamed her Pimp Mack.”
fellow "Smallville" co-star Kristin Kreuk was
also accused of helping to recruit women as sex slaves into Nxivm.
She has denied the allegations.
35-year-old said in a statement posted to Twitter in March that she
took a NXIVM course when she was 23 to help battle her “shyness” but
left the group about five years ago.
I was about 23, I took an Executive Success Programs/NXIVM
‘intensive,’ what I understood to be a self-help/personal growth
course that helped me handle my previous shyness, which is why I
continued with the program,” Kreuk wrote. “I left about five years
ago and had minimal contact with those who were still involved.”
actress denied she had any influence within the group and was not
involved in its “Dominus Obsequious Sororium” (DOS), which
translates from Latin to “Master Over the Slave Woman.”
accusations that I was in the ‘inner circle’ or recruited women as
‘sex slaves’ are blatantly false,” Kreuk said. “During my time, I
never experienced any illegal or nefarious activity. I am horrified
and disgusted by what has come out about DOS.”
is accused of masterminding and overseeing a system in which women
were told the best way to advance was to become a "slave" overseen
also were expected to have sex with him, do menial chores for
masters, and to keep the arrangement a secret — or face public
humiliation, the criminal complaint against him states.
said Raniere preferred exceptionally thin women, so "slaves" had to
stick to very low-calorie diets and document every food they ate.
who didn't follow orders were required to attend classes where they
were "forced to wear fake cow udders over their breasts while people
called them derogatory names," or threatened with being put in
cages, court papers say.
needs to be held accountable for every woman and every underage girl
that he has harmed,” Catherine Oxenberg told Fox News. “This is a
long time coming.”
an actress known for her role on the 1980s prime-time drama
“Dynasty,” has a daughter, India, who is currently in NXIVM.