Actress to get bail hearing in sex slave case

Actress Allison Mack, best known for her decade on TV's "Smallville", and Keith Raniere, the leader of what authorities allege is a sex cult, were indicted Friday in NY on federal charges of sex trafficking and conspiracy to commit forced labor, the Albany Times-Union reported.

Allison Mack has been arrested for her alleged involvement in a sex cult.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Moira Kim Penza also said in court that "under the guise of female empowerment", Mack "starved women until they fit her co-defendant's sexual ideal", the AP wrote.

Pollak declined to release Mack on bail, but said Mack might be released at a future hearing if she could offer "significant property" to secure her bail. A bail hearing will be held Monday.

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

Last month, Kreuk said she left NXIVM before it began operating as a sex slave group. "The victims were then exploited, both sexually and for their labor, to the defendants' benefit".

If found guilty, both individuals face a minimum sentence of 15 years in prison and up to life imprisonment. Mack and other DOS masters concealed Raniere's status at the top of the pyramid from new recruits.


Accusers claimed they were also forced to endure a half-hour branding ceremony, where they were branded with Rainere's initials on their pubic region using a cauterising pen. Mack was allegedly a "key recruiter" for the cult, luring women into the organisation, where they were branded and held as sex slaves.

Mack played Chloe Sullivan in "Smallville", a show about the raising of Clark Kent in Smallville, Kansas, before he became known as Superman.

"Former NXIVM publicist Frank Parlato told Inside Edition that Mack is "completely enamored with Raniere and completely under his thrall". Other than Raniere, all members of DOS were women. Mexican authorities took him into custody and delivered him to Texas; he's now in federal custody in Brooklyn.

As a pre-condition to joining DOS, women were required to provide "collateral" - highly damaging information about friends and family members, nude photographs and/or rights to the recruit's assets.

Raniere (57) has run a network of self-help groups based in Albany, New York, called Nxivm over the past 20 years.

Allison Mack was accused in an indictment unsealed Friday in federal court in Brooklyn. He also denied affiliation with DOS, the sorority.


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