Smallville's Allison Mack Has Been Arrested

Smallville's Allison Mack Has Been Arrested

Darren Sullivan
April 21, 2018

Mack and Raniere's arrests follow a report from the New York Times published last Fall with accounts of former members who said women were extorted into having sex and were branded with his initials on their hips.

Mack, 35, has been charged with sex trafficking and conspiracy, and was due to appear in Brooklyn federal court on Friday afternoon.

According to U.S. Attorney's Office, over the past two decades Raniere established a series of purported self-help programs under the name NXIVM, based in Albany, New York with centers in the United States, Mexico, Canada and South America.

"The victims were then exploited, both sexually and for their labour, to the defendants' benefit".

Mack and Raniere's charges stem from what officials say were activities that took place as part of a secret society within Nxivm called "DOS", in which women recruited others under false pretenses to perform sexual acts.

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U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York Richard P. Donoghue and William F. Sweeney Jr., Assistant Director-in-Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, announced the charges.

Mack will be arraigned on Friday before United States Magistrate Judge Cheryl L. Pollak, while Raniere's arraignment is to be determined. For months now there have been persistent rumors that NXIVM, ostensibly a self-improvement group, is acting as a front for a "sex cult" where women are branded as slaves for high-ranking members of the organization.

Prosecutors say she helped recruit sex slaves for leader Keith Raniere and his cult-like organization called NXIVM (NEX'-ee-um). 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.

Page Six reported Mack allegedly lured women into the cult and ordered them to have sex with Raniere and pose nude for photos. Mack's Smallville co-star, Kristin Kreuk, was also named as a recruiter of the cult, a claim she has denied. It was unclear who her attorney is.

If convicted of the crimes charged, Raniere and Mack each face mandatory minimum sentences of 15 years' imprisonment, and up to life imprisonment.