WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Allison Mack, the actress best known to play Chloe Sullivan on the hit TV series Smallville, was released after a $5 million bail bond.
- On Friday, the 35-year-old actress was arrested for her alleged role in a sex trafficking case, recruiting for the sex cult NXIVM.
- People has revealed that Mack tried to recruit actress Emma Watson multiple times, trying to convince her that she’s in an “amazing women’s movement.”
Allison Mack has pleaded not guilty to her involvement in the sex cult NXIVM (pronounced “Nexium”). However, additional derogatory evidence continues to pile up against her. The actress was arrested on Friday and was released from prison on a $5 million bond. She was ordered to be under house arrest in California and wear an electronic monitoring device, a court official said.
NXIVM, founded in 2003, is based in Albany, New York. Its co-founder Keith Raniere was also charged with sex trafficking and forced labor. Raniere claims that they operate a series of self-help workshops. But one former member described the self-help group as a ‘cult’.
Prosecutors sent a letter to the judge to block the actress’ bail. According to the letter, Mack’s role “was focused on recruiting attractive young women who could meet Raniere’s sexual preferences.”
Prosecutors also wrote that the women Mack has allegedly victimized “believed that if they did not participate in [sexual] activities with Raniere, their collateral would be released.”
“A collateral is a highly-damaging information about friends and family members, nude photographs and/or rights to the recruit’s assets,” as defined by the prosecutors.
Slaves or members of the cult were allegedly “branded in their pelvic regions with a cauterizing pen with a symbol that, unbeknownst to them, incorporated Raniere’s initials.”
Mack reached out to Emma Watson on Twitter, convincing her to “chat” about the “women’s movement.”
“@EmWatson I’m a fellow actress like yourself & involved in an amazing women’s movement I think you’d dig. I’d love to chat if you’re open,” Mack tweeted in January 2016.
The following month, Mack again tweeted the Beauty and the Beast star, “@EmWatson I participate in a unique human development & women’s movement I’d love to tell you about.”
Watson did not reply.
If convicted, Mack and Raniere will each face a minimum of 15 years in prison.