Actress arrested in sex trafficking in 'guru to stars' case

Actress arrested in sex trafficking in 'guru to stars' case

The Smallville actress - who played Chloe Sullivan on the Superman show - has allegedly been arrested for being involved in Nxivm, a "cult" thought to have been run out of a house in NY.

Raniere left the United States late previous year after The New York Times reported the stories of some women who defected from their secret sorority and the government began interviewing potential witnesses.

Raniere, co-founder of the group called Nxivm (pronounced "Nexium"), was arrested in Mexico and returned to Texas last month.

The complaint said that many victims participated in videotaped ceremonies where they were branded in their pelvic area with a symbol featuring Raniere's initials.

Mack starred in The CW network's "Smallville", a show about the early life of Superman that ended in 2011.

The New York Times reports Allison Mack was appeared in federal court in Brooklyn Friday and a not guilty plea was entered on her behalf.

But "the victims were then exploited, both sexually and for their labor to the defendants' benefit", said U.S. Attorney Richard P. Donoghue of the Eastern District of NY in Brooklyn. Raniere supposedly rewarded Mack with money and "other benefits" for every victim she convinced.

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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. She was also facing charges of sex trafficking conspiracy and forced labor conspiracy.

On Friday afternoon, U.S. Magistrate Judge Cheryl Pollak declined the bail package presented by one of Mack's attorneys, Sean Buckley, and remanded her for the weekend.

"Today we announce an additional arrest, and an indictment, in a case that brought to light an inconceivable crime", FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge Sweeney said.

Mack was with the 57-year-old Raniere when he was arrested near Puerto Vallarta, according to the Times-Union. He also said that Mack and her "Smallville" co-star, Kristin Kreuk, were used as "poster girls for normalizing the group".

Prosecutors said in court papers that Raniere created a society within NXIVM called "DOS" - an acronym based on a Latin phrase that loosely translates to "Lord/Master of obedient female companions". The society included "masters" and "slaves", with Raniere as the secretive headmaster and Mack as second-in-command, prosecutors have alleged.

After reports started surfacing about DOS a year ago, a letter was posted on the NXIVM website, in which Raniere said, "The picture being painted in the media is not how I know our community and friends to be, nor how I experience it myself".

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