The Allison Mack sex ring arrest has shook Hollywood. Smallville actress Allison Mack has been arrested in New York for her alleged role in a sex slave cult called NXIVM. She is expected to appear in federal court in Brooklyn later today. The 35-year-old was last seen last month chasing after Keith Raniere, the cult leader, as law enforcement arrested him and took him away from the $10,000 a week villa in Mexico they had been hiding out at. Raniere was arrested for sex trafficking and forced labor conspiracy and extradited to the U.S.
Mack played Chloe Sullivan on the popular show Smallville. She was recruited to NXIVM by her fellow "Smallville" castmate Kristen Kreuk. Mack rose through the ranks of the Albany, New York based organization and became a part of Raniere's inner circle, while Kreuk got out of the cult early.
So what is NXIVM? NXIVM offers courses and workshops aimed at improving self-fulfillment. According to its website, "NXIVM is a company whose mission is to raise human awareness, foster an ethical humanitarian civilization, and celebrate what it means to be human." Raniere is the only male in NXIVM. Members pay thousands of dollars to attend workshops with the cult leader. It is run like a Multi-Level-Marketing business–for sex slaves.
Raniere allegedly blackmailed women into becoming sex slaves and then branded his initials into their skin. He was known within the cult as "Vanguard." Former members have said that he urged women to follow near starvation diets.
The New York Times report detailed the initiation process for NXIVM's "secret sisterhood." Women would give their recruiters "collateral" in the form of naked photos of themselves and were told if they ever exposed the group those photos would be released. New members were also restrained and forced to say "Master, please brand me, it would be an honor," before a symbol was cauterized into each woman's skin just below her hip.
The Allison Mack sex cult has been in the press in the past. Vanity Fair reported in 2010 that two heiresses to the Seagram fortune had spent roughly $150 million of their trust funds to help finance Nxivm and Raniere.
Mack is believed to have been Raniere's personal "slave." She allegedly had a sexual relationship with him and was also the "master" of other member/slaves. Mack is accused of luring women to the cult by presenting it as a "women's mentorship group" and then bullying them into providing naked photos of themselves, according to Federal prosecutors. Mack allegedly ordered the slaves to engage in sexual intercourse with Raniere.
On Allison Mack's website she talks about her "mentor Keith." Allison Mack was arrested and taken into custody by the FBI in Brooklyn.
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