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On Friday, former Smallville actress Allison Mack was arrested for her alleged role in the sex cult Nxivm. She pleaded not guilty to a slew of charges, including sex trafficking and forced labor conspiracy, and on Tuesday, a Brooklyn judge agreed to her release on $5 million bond. She will be under home confinement with an ankle monitor at her parents’ California residence.
Her arrest comes after the alleged leader of the cult, Keith Raniere, was apprehended in Mexico last month. Nxivm started off as an empowerment program, and Raniere used his charisma and teachings to network with wealthy individuals and minor celebrities. But in 2017, The New York Times published a chilling report of female members getting branded or threatened with blackmail. The Times report focused on a specific group within the group — an elite and secret “sisterhood” that Mack is alleged to be the top recruiter.
Court documents show that Mack “is charged with using force, fraud, and coercion to recruit and maintain DOS slaves, and instructing those slaves to engage in sexual acts with Raniere, among other assignments. The defendant aggressively recruited DOS slaves and required those slaves to recruit slaves of their own,” according to The Daily Beast.
DOS roughly translates to Master Over the Slave Women and is frequently called “The Vow.” The DOS would collect “collateral” from female members (known as “slaves”) such as naked photographs or criminal confessions. The prosecution says that the “slaves” were led to believe the collateral would be released if they spoke out about the group. Mack is accused of ordering “slaves” to maintain restrictive diets and ordering them to have sex with Raniere.Read the full story at The Daily Beast