"Smallville" Actress Allison Mack Arrested in Sex Trafficking Case
21 April, 2018, 14:07 | Author: Clarence Schmidt
Allison Mack, an American actress known for her role in the TV show Smallville, has been arrested on charges of aiding a sex trafficking operation disguised as a mentoring group.
Allison Mack was accused in an indictment unsealed by the federal court in Brooklyn.
Mack's bail hearing is set for Monday, and prosecutors believe her to be a flight risk with ties to Mexico.
Smallville gave Mack her big break during its run from 2001 to 2011, playing journalist Chloe Sullivan.
The Smallville actress, along with NXIVM cult leader Keith Raniere, also known as "Vanguard", was charged with sex trafficking, sex trafficking conspiracy and forced labor conspiracy, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office Eastern District of NY.
Authorities also said Raniere created a secret society within Nxivm in 2015 called "DOS", which "operated with levels of women "slaves" headed by 'masters'".
He had been was arraigned to identical expenses as Mack and was denied bail as he awaits his next court appearance.
"Mack and other ... masters recruited ... slaves by telling them that they were joining a women-only organisation that would empower them and eradicate purported weaknesses the NVIVM curriculum taught were common in women". Raniere was arrested on March 25 at a villa near Puerto Vallarta, Mexico on charges of sex trafficking, sex trafficking conspiracy and forced labor conspiracy.
Kruek said she left the group before the alleged sex slave club began, and she denounced the group on Twitter late last month.
Mack, 35, is alleged by prosecutors to have recruited slaves for pay, forcing the women to have sex with Raniere, and using explicit photos and damaging information to ensure their compliance. The government alleges that Mack forced those slaves to have sex with Raniere in exchange for what were described as "financial and other benefits".
According to documents made public, Allison Mack directed the women to have sex with Raniere and required them to remain celibate, not masturbate, and to grow out their pubic hair to please Raniere.
Assistant US Attorney Moira Kim Penza said in court that that "under the guise of female empowerment" Mack "starved women until they fit her co-defendant's sexual ideal". "And she's done harm to many people". Another actress, Sarah Edmondson, has previously spoken out about the abuses she suffered within DOS and corroborated Kreuk's statement. Attorneys for Mack said she rents an apartment in Brooklyn with her wife, a self-employed writer.
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