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Allison Mack (Photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images)
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‘Smallville’ star Allison Mack accused of recruiting 25 women to serve as ‘slaves’ for cult

By WITW Staff on November 10, 2017

A former publicist for NXIVM, a “self-help” group that claims to empower women, has alleged that Smallville actress Allison Mack has recruited as many as 25 women to serve as slaves for herself and the group’s leader, Keith Raniere.

Speaking with The Sun, former NXIVM publicist Frank Parlato said that Mack had been brainwashed by Raniere into gathering up women for a subset of the group called DOS, which he said stood for “dominus obsequious sororium” — Latin for “master over the slave women.” Emails shared with The Sun showed that “slaves” were expected to fast 12 hours a day, take cold showers to “build capacity for love through the tolerance of pain,” and to obey Mack’s commands 24 hours a day. The slaves were also reportedly required to provide “collateral” such as nude pictures, confessions to crimes, or financial information each month so that the group could be sure of their loyalty. Screenshots obtained by The Sun of a “collateral” Dropbox showed names of Mack’s alleged slaves — including Dr. Danielle Roberts, a licensed doctor who is under investigation in New York after allegedly branding women involved in NXIVM, as revealed in an explosive New York Times report last month.

According to Parlato, Mack “is both a victim and a perpetrator.”

“She is a victim because she has been brainwashed by Raniere and she is his ‘slave’. So she has to run 64 kilometers a week and keep a strict 500 to 800 calorie a day diet. But she has also recruited many women to this cult,” said Parlato. “One of the things that is a terrible concept to Allison is that she is ordered to find Raniere bed partners and she is conflicted because she really wants to be with him.”

In the interview with The Sun, Parlato spoke at length about the workings of the alleged cult — and the millionaire heiresses he claims fund the whole operation.

Read the full story at The Sun.


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EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is independent of and separate from any views of The New York Times.