A hearing was held on Tuesday for former "Smallville" actress Allison Mack, arrested last week on charges of sex trafficking, during which she was released under home detention on $5 million bail. But authorities allege it is a pyramid-scheme cult that recruits young women to be sex slaves.
He also said that Mack and her "Smallville" co-star, Kristin Kreuk, were used as "poster girls for normalizing the group".
Mack is well known for her work on Smallville, on which she played Chloe Sullivan for 10 seasons.
In addition to home confinement, Mack will be subject to electronic monitoring via an ankle bracelet, and constrained by other conditions, including a ban on her association with any NXIVM members and a prohibition on her access to the internet. In Mexico, she was reportedly involved in a high speed auto chase with Mexican Federal Police after they arrested alleged NXIVM cult leader Keith Raniere and charged him with sex trafficking among other charges. She was scheduled to appear in court later Friday.
Mack and other DOS masters allegedly recruited DOS slaves by telling them they were joining an empowering women-only organization that would help them overcome their weaknesses.
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She will be released Tuesday after posting bail, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. As for Mack, if she's convicted she'll likely spend a minimum of 15 years in jail.
"The victims were then exploited", added U.S. Attorney Richard Donoghue, "both sexually and for their labour, to the defendants' benefit". The women allegedly hid that Raniere, the only man in the organization, was at the top of the pyramid.
During the branding, Mack told the women to "feel the pain" and to "think of [their] master", the criminal complaint said.
A USA magistrate judge released Mack, known for her role in WB Television's Smallville series, after her parents agreed to put the family's Los Alamitos, California, home up as collateral and Mack, 35, agreed to live with her parents under house arrest. He has denied any wrongdoing.
The speculation is that Allison is cutting a plea eal with the prosecution of this case to provide information against NXIVM cult leader Keith Raniere.
Catherine Oxenberg, who once starred on "Dynasty", has a connection to the group that began when she attended a meeting with her daughter several years ago.