"I have no comment on the arrest this afternoon of Allison Mack", a rep for the star told Fox News.
NXIVM, which was publicly branded as a self-help group, first came to the public's attention past year when a former member spoke to the New York Times about her experiences there. She did as instructed and was blindfolded. Authorities allege Raniere coerced women into a master-slave relationship and forced them to endure 20-30 minute branding "ceremonies" wherein they were branded with a design composed of his initials. Today, she was arrested on charges in connection to her involvement as one of the higher ranking members of NXIVM.
Both Mack and Raniere face at least 15 years behind bars and possible life sentences if convicted. Slaves were expected to recruit slaves of their own (thus becoming masters themselves), who in turn owed service not only to their own masters but also to masters above them. "Mack is an alleged co-conspirator, reporting directly to Raniere".
Mack was arraigned in federal court in Brooklyn and pleaded not guilty. She told the women they were joining what was purported to be a female mentorship group, prosecutors said.
Mack appeared in the "Smallville" TV series from 2001-2011.
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Mack, he said, did not pose "a legitimate risk of flight", and should be released on bail. "It's incredibly sad because she's a very sweet person and seems normal until anything about Keith Raniere or NXIVM comes up".
"As this pyramid scheme continues to unravel, we ask anyone who might have been a victim to reach out to us with information that may further our investigation", FBI assistant director-in-charge William F. Sweeney said in a statement.
According to documents made public, Allison Mack directed the women to have sex with Raniere and required them to remain celibate, not masturbate, and to grow out their pubic hair to please Raniere.
In 2015, he created a secret society called "DOS", an acronym that stands for a Latin phrase, loosely translating to "Lord / Master of the Obedient Female Companion" or "The Vox", officials said in a statement. He also said that Mack and her "Smallville" co-star, Kristin Kreuk, were used as "poster girls for normalizing the group".
After reports started surfacing about DOS previous year, a letter was posted on the NXIVM website, in which Raniere said, "The picture being painted in the media is not how I know our community and friends to be, nor how I experience it myself".