U.S. actress Allison Mack has been arrested on charges that she recruited women into a secret society led by self-help guru Keith Raniere in which they were forced to have sex with him and branded with his initials.
The allegations claimeed Mack introduced Raniere to one of his alleged sex trafficking victims, instructing her to do what Raniere said.
Authorities alleged earlier this year that the women - who were referred to as "slaves" by Raniere - were branded with his and Mack's initials in their pelvic region and forced into sexual intercourse.
They allege that "slaves" in the group had to eat extremely low-calorie diets because of Mr Raniere's preference for thin women.
Mack, who played Chloe Sullivan on the hit superhero show, was recruited to Nxivm by fellow "Smallville" star Kristin Kreuk and rose up the ranks into Raniere's inner circle - while Kreuk ultimately left, the group's former publicist previously told The Post.
"Mack and other DOS masters recruited DOS slaves by telling them that they were joining a women-only organization that would empower them and eradicate purported weaknesses that the Nxivm curriculum taught were common in women", the indictment says. Mostly she nodded "yes" to questions asked her by Judge Pollak, but, twice judge Pollak instructed Mack to answer verbally, and she said "yes" so quietly it was nearly inaudible to spectators in the courtroom. She's believed to have been the second-highest ranking member, beneath Raniere.
"In my opinion, NXIVM is one of the most extreme groups I have ever dealt with in the sense of how tightly wound it is around the leader", cult expert Rick Ross told the Times-Union in 2012.
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Mack, who could face a minimum of 15 years and up to life in prison, is set to be arraigned on Friday. Raniere, who started the group, has been charged with sex trafficking by federal prosecutors.
She will appear Friday in Brooklyn federal court.
Mack, he said, did not pose "a legitimate risk of flight", and should be released on bail.
According to the complaint, Raniere created a secret society within Nxivm called DOS in 2015, which loosely translated to "Lord/Master of the Obedient Female Companions", or "The Vow".
"As alleged, Keith Raniere displayed a disgusting abuse of power in his efforts to denigrate and manipulate women he considered his sex slaves", FBI's New York Field Office Assistant Director-in-Charge William F. Sweeney Jr. said in a statement in March.
According to the U.S. State Attorney's Office, Raniere was deported by Mexican authorities after he was found outside Puerto Vallarta, Mexico in a luxury villa last month.
Within DOS, prosecutors say, there were "masters" and "slaves".