‘Smallville’ actress Allison Mack arrested, pleads not guilty to sex trafficking

On Friday, Smallville actress Allison Mack, 35, was arrested by federal prosecutors for her alleged role in a sadistic sex cult called Nxivm, which is currently the focus of multiple criminal investigations, Breitbart and others reported.  Page Six said that a “gaunt, disheveled Mack” pleaded not guilty to charges of sex trafficking and forced labor.

According to Breitbart:

The cult’s leader Keith Raniere reportedly tasked Mack with finding and grooming female sex slaves to his satisfaction. Footage obtained last month by The Sun showed Mack’s bewildered reaction after Raniere’s was arrested in Mexico on similar charges.

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Some of Mack’s alleged crimes against women include starving them to get them down to a particular weight, forcing them to refrain from all sexual activity, removing their pubic hair, and even waking them up at unpredictable hours to participate in “readiness” drills.

“Ms. Mack was one of the top members of a highly organized scheme which was designed to provide sex to [Raniere],” said Assistant US Attorney Moira Penza said in court. “Under the guise of female empowerment, she starved women until they fit her co-defendant’s sexual feminine ideal.”

Page Six offered additional details:

Mack was Raniere’s direct “slave” and previously had a sexual relationship with him — but also acted as a “master” to other slaves, who were starved and branded like cattle.

As Raniere’s initials were being burned into their pubic regions with a cauterizing pen, Mack allegedly put her hands on their chests and told them to “feel the pain” and to “think of [their] master.”

The actress — who played Clark Kent’s pal Chloe Sullivan in the “Smallville” TV series about Superman’s origins — first lured female Nxivm members into the secret societyknown as The Vow by describing it as a “women’s empowerment group” and cajoled them into handing over “collateral” like embarrassing photos and statements to gain entry, prosecutors allege.

A 2017 New York Times article described the “branding” ritual:

Each woman was told to undress and lie on a massage table, while three others restrained her legs and shoulders. According to one of them, their ‘master,’ a top Nxivm official named Lauren Salzman, instructed them to say: ‘Master, please brand me, it would be an honor.

A female doctor proceeded to use a cauterizing device to sear a two-inch-square symbol below each woman’s hip, a procedure that took 20 to 30 minutes. For hours, muffled screams and the smell of burning tissue filled the room.

Ex-NXIVM member actress Sarah Edmondson said her branding was “worse than childbirth.”

Mack, prosecutors say, pledged her “full and complete life” to Raniere, offering to “cement” the vow with her own collateral — including a contract promising him any children she ever has and her home if she breaks their agreement, and a letter to social services alleging that she abused her nephews, Page Six reported.

Mack’s “Smallville” co-star, Kristin Kreuk, was said to also be a member of Nxivm, but, Breitbart said, she “left the group in 2012 as Mack and Raniere allegedly engaged in more sadistic rituals, which included carving their initials in and branding so-called sex workers’ bodies.”

Page Six also said that last year, Mack married “Battlestar Galactica” actress and Canadian national Nicki Clyne, who was spotted hiding out in Mexico with Mack and Raniere when authorities tracked down the cult leader last month.

If found guilty, Breitbart said, “both individuals face a minimum sentence of 15 years in prison and up to life imprisonment.”

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