'Smallville' actress Alison Mack pleads not guilty to sex trafficking

'Smallville' Actress Allison Mack Arrested in Alleged Cult Sex Trafficking Case

'Smallville' Actress Allison Mack Arrested in Alleged Cult Sex Trafficking Case

Mack was arraigned in federal court in Brooklyn and pleaded not guilty.

The allegations claimeed Mack introduced Raniere to one of his alleged sex trafficking victims, instructing her to do what Raniere said. He said Mack, who was arrested in Brooklyn, New York, is accused of "directly or implicitly" requiring women "to engage in sexual activity with Raniere".

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the US Attorney's office for the Eastern District of NY alleges that NXIVM recruited slaves into what was called "a woman's only organization" that would help empower them.

"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".

Donoghue, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, and William F. Sweeney, Jr., Assistant Director-in-Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation, New York Field Office (FBI), announced the charges. Raniere has been in custody since he was arrested in Mexico in March. According to prosecutors, the 35-year-old actor forced women to have sex with Raniere under threat of having damaging information about them released.

"During the branding ceremonies, slaves were required to be fully naked, and the master would order one slave to film while the other held down the slave being branded", the complaint says. She detailed that she joined Nxivm at the young age of 23, and thought of it as a "self-help/personal growth course that helped me handle my previous shyness, which is why I continued with the program".

Mack was scheduled to appear in court on Friday.

The U.S. Attorney's Office of the Eastern District of NY stated that both Mack and Reniere were accused of branding their victims and forced them to participate in sex acts through the various self-help programs that Raniere established within his umbrella organization, NXIVM. He also said that Mack and her "Smallville" co-star, Kristin Kreuk, were used as "poster girls for normalizing the group".

Allison Mack was a mainstay of the popular Superman television show Smallville, which ran from 2001- to 2011. They were also braned with a symbol that featured Raniere and Mack's initials. "Kreuk says she left NXIVM years ago and commended the women who exposed DOS". He has denied the charges.

Mack was arrested and could face up to 15 years to life imprisonment once convicted. The FBI is asking "anyone who might have been a victim" to reach out so it can continue to unravel this "pyramid scheme".

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