Smallville actress Allison Mack was arrested Friday on charges of sex trafficking for allegedly recruiting sex slaves to serve Keith Raniere, the leader of NXIVM, a so-called “self-help group” targeted at women. Mack had previously been accused of enlisting 25 women into a group within NXIVM called “dominus obsequious sororium” — Latin for “master over the slave women.” Mack appeared in federal court in Brooklyn, New York, on Friday looking disheveled, according to The New York Post. She pleaded not guilty to the charges.
One of the women Mack allegedly recruited, Dr. Danielle Roberts, has been accused of branding women with Raniere’s initials as part of an initiation into the secretive slave cult. Like Raniere — who was recently arrested in a luxury gated community in Mexico where he’d been hiding with several women — Mack has been charged with sex trafficking, sex trafficking conspiracy, and forced labor.
Raniere, who is known to his followers as “the Vanguard” kept “a rotating group of 15 to 20 women” who were “not permitted to have sexual relationships with anyone but Raniere or to discuss with others their relationship with Raniere,” according to the criminal complaint against him. The women were also allegedly coerced into sex through brainwashing and blackmail — according to former NXIVM publicist Frank Parlato, women who entered the DOS cult were required to provide “collateral” in the form of nude pictures and confessions to crimes to assure Raniere of their loyalty.
Parlato has previously described Mack as “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.”
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