As part of an ongoing inquiry into NXIVM, Smallville star Allison Mack was arrested on Friday after a grand jury indicted the 35-year-old on two counts of sex trafficking, and one of conspiracy to commit false labor.
The Smallville actress who was arrested by the FBI in Albany was later arraigned in a Brooklyn federal court on Friday after a grand jury heard testimony from two former members of the NXIVM cult and voted to file charges against the actress in the case.
The grand jury indictment states that Mack did in fact ‘benefit … financially and by receiving a thing of value, from participation in a venture … knowing that means of force, threats of force, fraud and coercion, and a combination of such means, would be used to cause such persons to engage in one or more commercial sex acts.’
Jane Doe 1, The first of the women to testify in front of the grand jury, also stated that Mack ‘did knowingly and intentionally conspire to provide and obtain the labor and services of a person …. by means of serious harm and threats.’
Mack has yet to make any comment but has retained a lawyer.
According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for New York’s Eastern District, Mack, a longtime NXIVM follower, has been indicted on sex trafficking, sex trafficking conspiracy and forced labor conspiracy charges for her role in DOS, a group that is led by NXIVM co-founder Keith Raniere, that fronted as a women’s empowerment sorority.
However, prosecutors strongly state DOS was really a sex-slave ring led by Keith Raniere, with women who were called “slaves” that reported to “masters” who ultimately reported to Raniere himself. Mack is an alleged co-conspirator, who reported directly to Raniere, 57, who has led NXIVM since the late 1990s.
Raniere was arrested last month and is currently being held without bail. He is a co-defendant in the indictment.
U.S. Attorney Richard Donoghue said in a statement:
“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, The victims were then exploited, both sexually and for their labor, to the defendants’ benefit.”
Mack and Raniere face a minimum of 15 years in prison if convicted.