'Smallville' actress arrested in connection with alleged sex cult

Kristin Kreuk

Smallville actress Allison Mack was arrested on Friday night for sex trafficking, which she has done as a member of the sex cult NXIVM.

It's reported Allison Mack was arrested in NYC by the Federal Bureau of Investigation for ties to a sex cult, Nxivm, where she reportedly served as the second in command.

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

'As alleged in the complaint, Keith Raniere created a secret society of women whom he had sex with and branded with his initials, coercing them with the threat of releasing their highly personal information and taking their assets, ' USA attorney Richard P. Donoghue said.

Since that series ended in 2011, she has played only minor roles.

"I have no comment on the arrest this afternoon of Allison Mack", a rep for the star told Fox News.

She allegedly lured women into the secret society within Nxivm known as "The Vow" by claiming it was a "women's mentorship group" then cajoling them into providing "collateral" like embarrassing photos and statements, federal prosecutors allege. Mostly she nodded "yes" to questions asked her by Judge Pollak, but, twice judge Pollak instructed Mack to answer verbally, and she said "yes" so quietly it was nearly inaudible to spectators in the courtroom.

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Mack is said to have been at the highest level of the pyramid just below Raniere, actively coercing women into lower levels of the scheme.

Founded in 1998, NXIVM promoted Raniere's teachings as a kind of mystical, executive coaching created to help people get the most out of life. Each was expected to recruit slaves.

Together, Mack and Raniere face a three-count felony indictment charging them with sex trafficking, conspiracy to commit sex trafficking and forced labor, which carry a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years in prison under strict federal sentencing guidelines.

Assistant U.S. 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".

Frank Parlato of Art Voice was the first to break the news of Mack's arrest, which he said back in March was in the works after Raniere's extradition from Mexico back to the United States. She is set to appear in a Brooklyn federal court later today.

According to the U.S. State Attorney's Office, Raniere was deported by Mexican authorities after he was found outside Puerto Vallarta, Mexico in a luxury villa last month. Kreuk reportedly recruited Mack into NXIVM in 2010.

Court filings describe how Raniere used Nxivm as an umbrella company to mask a secret society called "DOS", which blackmailed and branded unsuspecting victims before forcing them to participate in sex acts.

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