'Smallville' actress Allison Mack granted bail in NXIVM case

25 April, 2018, 15:11 | Author: Genevieve Gibbs
  • It appears that 'Smallville' star Allison Mack was trying to recruit Emma Watson and other celebrities to join an alleged

Actress Allison Mack was released from jail Tuesday and will be confined to her parents' home while awaiting trial on sex-trafficking charges linked to her alleged involvement in a cultlike group based in upstate NY. Her hair appeared freshly washed and well-combed, in contrast to Friday, when it appeared dirty and disheveled. They face a minimum 15 years in prison and could potentially receive life if convicted.

Allison will have to serve home detention with electronic monitoring and she has been ordered not to interact with anyone, past or present, who has been involved with NXIVM as part of her bail release. The government's case is being handled by the Office's Organized Crime and Gangs Section.

The 35-year-old pleaded not guilty in Brooklyn federal court to charges of sex trafficking and forced labor. "The victims were then exploited, both sexually and for their labor, to the defendants' benefit".

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According to court filings, during the past 20 years, Raniere established a series of purported self-help programs within his umbrella organization "Nxivm" (pronounced NEX-i-um).

Mack's mother Melinda secured the $5 million bond using Mack's house in upstate Clifton Park, the family's Los Alamitos home and a retirement account, authorities said.

In March, federal authorities raided an upstate NY residence near Albany where NXIVM was headquartered. Mack is credited in publicly available materials with co-creating a Nxivm program, called The Source, which recruited actors. She is accused of being a "pimp" and "slave master" for the sex cult. People on Twitter have also been combing through Mack's tweets to see who else she was in contact with. Mr. Raniere, the only man in the scheme, held the position at the top of the pyramid. Other than Raniere, all members of DOS were women. There is security footage captured of what appears to be Mack watching Raniere get taken away by the cops.

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During the branding, Mack told the women to "feel the pain" and to "think of [their] master", the criminal complaint said.

A court document made public Monday suggested Mack and prosecutors were engaged in negotiations on a potential plea deal, asking the judge to exclude a two-week period from federal speedy-trial requirements. According to TMZ, Mack was allegedly Rainere's second in command. Jane Doe 1 and Jane Doe 2 believed that if they did not participate in those activities with Raniere, their collateral would be released.

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