Well, that one hurt right in the inner young adulthood. If you’d glimpsed the news over the last year, you might have noticed that former Smallville actress, Allison Mack, was facing a series of sex-trafficking charges over her in involvement with a sex cult. This morning, she plead guilty in Brooklyn Federal court for her involvement with the cult, NXIVM.
By way of background, Mack and Nancy Salzman (who plead guilty last month) were alleged to have been brainwashing women into having sex with Keith Raniere, the purported leader of the group. Raniere was arrested in Mexico last year, where he was living with Mack. He is currently being held without bail in Brooklyn facing sex-trafficking charges.
NXIVM was a network of self-help programs focused on women’s empowerment based out of Albany, NY. In the end, Mack and several other utilized the network to recruit women, turning them into “slaves” to Raniere, who played the part of “master.” Mack allegedly occupied the number two spot within the organization. This organization within NXIVM was known as “DOS,” which stands for “Dominus Obsequious Sororium.”
Once they were converted into slaves, the women, as many as 50, were forcibly branded with Ranier’s initials on their pelvic area, while being held down by other members of the cult. To coerce them to remain in the group or to perform “acts of love,” Raniere and Mack threatened to release kompromat or “collateral,” as it was known within the group, such as nude photos.
For her part in the recruiting, Mack received financial benefits for bringing women into the group. She’s alleged to have attempted to recruit Emma Watson, of Harry Potter fame. Those who watched Battlestar Galactica or Hawaii Five-O may be familiar with Grace Park. She was alleged to have been part of the group, as well as Fellow Smallville alum, Kristin Kreuk. Kreuk was actually the one who initially introduced Mack to the NXIVM back in 2006.
— Kristin Kreuk (@MsKristinKreuk) March 29, 2018
Both Park and Kreuk have cut ties with the group and downplayed their involvement, stating they were never involved in any of the recruitment efforts, however, former members of the group have stated that the roles of the two actresses were significant. They’ve both avoided any charges.
Mack’s sentencing is scheduled for 11 September 2019. At one point, Mack was facing up to 15 years in prison for her role in the group.