Allison Mack, actress and former star of The CW’s Smallville, has been arrested for her involvement in an alleged sex cult operating out of upstate New York. That’s according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York. She will be arraigned in federal court today.
As previously reported, Mack has been linked to the group NXIVM (pronounced “Nexium”) since 2006. The group has been accused of practicing a form of sexual slavery. NXIVM’s leader, Keith Raniere, was arrested late last month. According to the statement, both Mack and Raniere face charges of sex trafficking, sex trafficking conspiracy, and forced labor conspiracy.
“As alleged in the indictment, Allison Mack recruited women to join what was purported to be a female mentorship group that was, in fact, created and led by Keith Raniere,” stated United States Attorney Richard P. Donoghue, when he announced the charges. “The victims were then exploited, both sexually and for their labor, to the defendants’ benefit. This Office and our law enforcement partners are committed to prosecuting predators who victimize others through sex trafficking and forced labor.”
Mack was reportedly last seen in a video captured during Raniere’s arrest in Mexico, chasing after law enforcement vehicles.
Court documents outline Mack’s involvement in creating a NXIVM program called “The Source” which recruited actors as part of a training program. The indictment against Mack and Raniere accuses them both of conspiring to recruit women to an organization within NXIVM known as DOS. Established in 2016, DOS operated under a Master/Slave dynamic in which women were recruited as slaves and forced to perform "acts of care" for their Masters. Members who recruited women beneath them became their Masters but remained slaves themselves in a system similar to a pyramid scheme. The indictment directly accuses Mack of requiring her slaves to perform sexual acts with Raniere. These women were led to believe that if they did not comply with these requests they would face consequences.
Among those consequences was the release of collateral the women had previously provided to Mack and Raniere as part of their involvement in the group. This collateral often took the form of damning documents, sexually explicit photos, and even credit card numbers.
Previous reports stated that Mack was the so-called “Co-Conspirator 1” named in Raniere’s federal complaint. Under that complaint, CC-1 was reportedly Raniere’s direct “slave” and recruited other women to operate below her as her own slave. Raniere was the top of the pyramid. These new court documents do seem to support these claims, as Mack has now officially been indicted on charges for actions previously linked to CC-1, including her involvement as the direct Master of women identified only as Jane Does 1 and 2.
According to the statement from the U.S. Attorney, as well as other court documents and previous reports, Mack and other DOS members would recruit new members by informing them they would be joining a women’s only group. Raniere’s involvement was kept from members.
Several former DOS members were forced to participate in branding ceremonies, where a brand containing Raniere’s initials (as well as Mack’s reportedly), were seared into their skin. During these ceremonies, slaves were required to be fully naked. One slave was required to film the proceedings, while others were required to restrain the person being branded.
The U.S. Attorney’s office has stressed that the charges are, so far, merely allegations and that a Grand Jury will decide on Mack and Raniere’s guilt or innocence.
If convicted, both Mack and Raniere face a minimum sentence of 15 years in prison, with the potential for a life sentence.