Smallville’s Allison Mack has been released from custody on a $5 million dollar bond, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office. She will be forced to remain under house arrest in California attached to an electronic monitoring system. The actress is currently facing charges of sex trafficking, as well as conspiracy to commit forced labor and other charges, stemming from her involvement with NXIVM, a “self-help” organization that has been described as a cult.
According to the U.S. Attorney’s office, Mack, along with NXIVM leader Keith Raniere, were involved in a sub-group within NXIVM called DOS, where they created a Master/Slave relationship among the group’s entirely female membership. Slaves were reportedly required to perform acts for their Masters, usually involving things like getting coffee or carrying luggage, but which also included far more questionable activities. According to court documents, Mack allegedly forced several of her own Slaves to perform sexual acts with Raniere.
Mack was indicted last week on these charges and has entered into plea negotiations with the U.S. Attorney’s office. These negotiations will likely resolve her case without having to go to trial. If she does go to trial, Mack faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years in prison if convicted.
As part of her release, Mack has been prohibited from associating with anyone associated with NXIVM, including current or former members.
Both Mack and Clyne have been members of NXIVM for more than 10 years. Mack was also involved in several other organizations built under the NXIVM umbrella, including Jness, a group billed as a women’s organization which seems to have gone defunct — at least online — in 2016, around the same time Mack reportedly helped found DOS. She was also instrumental in creating a NXIVM program for actors known as “The Source.”
With these recent allegations, all elements of Mack’s life have now come under intense public scrutiny, including, and perhaps especially, her social media accounts. Both Mack’s Instagram and Twitter pages have been flooded by angry commenters eager to express their disappointment and distaste for Mack’s alleged crimes. But it is in the posts themselves that many are finding the most interesting points of speculation. As Mack was reportedly a top recruiter for the organization — which functioned much like a pyramid scheme — many of her attempted correspondence with others on these platforms, especially Twitter, have now come under question.
A look back through Mack’s Twitter account, for example, finds largely posts filled with affirmations, encouraging fans to attend conventions and events she was attending, and reaching out to friends and former co-workers. But a number of Tweets also include requests to get in touch with other users to become involved in some group or project Mack was apparently working on at the time.
Most notably of these attempts were several tweets lobbed at former Harry Potter star, and activist, Emma Watson, whom Mack reached out to at least three times. Watson never responded to these tweets, but another Twitter user at the time did warn that the organization Mack was referring to was Jness, which was associated with NXIVM. The user warned Watson not to get involved.
Further back in Mack’s timeline includes attempted correspondence with other media professionals, including writer/director Zoe Robyn, musicians Raul Midon and Kate Davis, and author Sarah Kay, as well as actress/producer, Rashida Jones. The majority of these tweets received no response from the intended recipient and there is no indication that any of the women contacted ever attended a NXIVM event or joined the group or project in question.NXIVM has been under media scrutiny for months, following a report from the New York Times in which former members of DOS spoke to the paper about the alleged horrors that went on inside, including forced sexual activity and a branding ceremony in which members were seared with a symbol that included Raniere’s initials. Reports about the group go back at least as far as 2003.
Raniere, for his part as leader of the organization, was arrested in Mexico in March. He is still in federal custody pending his own arraignment.