'Smallville' Star Allison Mack Arrested for Alleged Connection to Sex Trafficking Scheme

'Smallville' Star Allison Mack Arrested for Alleged Connection to Sex Trafficking Scheme

NY actress Allison Mack was arrested Friday on charges that she aided self-help guru Keith Raniere in running a secret society that enslaved women and branded them with his initials, federal prosecutors said. She is scheduled for a court hearing in Brooklyn federal court to take place Friday afternoon. It was unclear who her attorney is. Authorities alleged he manipulated women into "master-slave" sexual relationships and forced them to follow strict diets and respond to his call whenever they were summoned.

Judge Cheryl Pollak declined to release the actress from detention, saying her lawyers failed to offer a "sufficient" bail package given the serious charges. Amid reports that Mack might be arrested soon, Kreuk was named as the one who recruited Mack into the group years ago, before leaving herself.

Mack, who is listed "Co-Conspirator 1" in the criminal complaint, was last seen chasing after the cop auto that was hauling Raniere away from the villa in Mexico where he had been hiding. Recruits were then exploited sexually and for labor, court documents say. She is set to appear in a Brooklyn federal court later today.

Raniere was arrested in March.

Page Six reports that Mack was both Raneire's "slave" as well as a "master" to other slaves, who were "forced to have sex with Raniere and get his initials burned into their pubic region".

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Allison Mack was arrested Friday in connection with a case involving an alleged cult leader, The Hollywood Reporter confirmed.

Raniere's attorney has said the facts would show Raniere did not compel or pressure anyone to do anything.

Raniere and Nxivm have been the subject of criticism for years, dating back to at least 2012 when the Times Union of Albany published a series of articles examining the organization and allegations that it was like a cult.

Prosecutors say Raniere recruited women to his secret society called "The Vow". There was speculation that she was under investigation for ties to the cult after the original criminal complaint against Raniere, listed a "co-conspirator number 1" described an actress who starred in promotional videos with the leader. Women were required to provide damaging material about their friends and family, naked photos and even sign over their assets as a condition for joining, they said. She said they could file a new petition Monday.

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