Earlier this month, news arrived about Smallville actresses Kristin Kreuk and Allison Mack’s reported involvement with Keith Raniere’s allegedly violent sex cult called NXIVM (pronounced “nexium”) which started in 1998. At the time, Kreuk denied allegations she was involved in recruiting women, and believed the cult to be a self-help group.
While Canadian actress Sarah Edmondson shared her own experience in a New York Times piece and voiced her support for Kreuk, it seems Allison Mack is in serious trouble. She was arrested by the FBI and indicted on sex trafficking, sex trafficking conspiracy, and conspiracy to commit forced labor charges for another sex cult called “DOS,” or the “Vow.”
As TMZ reports, Mack is alleged to have forced women into sexual slavery, which she secured by using “collateral” such as compromising photos or private recordings in order to prevent them from leaving. This nefarious organization was thought to be a women’s empowerment group; Mack allegedly forced victims to have sex with Raniere. Apparently, the women were told not to masturbate, to grow their pubic hair out, and remain celibate when not with Raniere.
Kreuk explained her involvement in NXIVM via Twitter last month, claiming she joined the group to overcome her shyness and left five years ago. She claimed she never witnessed anything illegal or eerie during her time there, and applauded the women who have come out to share their stories.
Allison Mack, however, is a different story. The documents obtained by TMZ allege she forced DOS members to be alert at all times, through something described as “readiness” drills in which they’d have to respond to their subjugators whenever they demanded. Naturally, these despicable conditions resulted in sleep deprivation, starvation, and some saw their menstrual cycles stop completely. These activities, partly ensured by Mack, apparently occurred between February 2016 and June of last year.
According to the court documents obtained by TMZ, Mack was arrested by the feds and is scheduled to appear in court today, with federal prosecutors recommending steep bail due to flight risk. Mack was, after all, in Puerto Vallarta where Raniere himself fled to and was extradited from year. As it stands, it’s believed Mack was Raniere’s right-hand woman in charge—trafficking, violating, and abusing women for more than a year.