Smallville alum Allison Mack is facing some extremely serious allegations. The former actress is currently facing sex-trafficking charges stemming from her involvement with the self-help group NXIVM, recently revealed as a sex cult that targeted young, wealthy women.
In March 2018, the group’s founder, Keith Raniere, was arrested on federal charges of sex trafficking, sex trafficking conspiracy, and forced labor conspiracy. In April 2018, police also arrested Mack for her involvement in the organization. According to court documents and NXIVM victims, Mack caught Raniere’s eye and rose quickly through the NXIVM ranks as a top recruiter and organization master.
Though Mack has pled “not guilty” to the allegations against her, in a past interview, she took full responsibility for a particularly horrendous cult tradition (page 5).
Dominus Obsequious Sororium
- Dominus Obsequious Sororium was a secret subset of NXIVM
Though NXIVM was the overall name for the self-help group, Raniere came up with Dominus Obsequious Sororium or DOS, a secretive subgroup that pulled young women in from the larger pool of NXIVM followers. DOS was a sexual pyramid scheme that was formed with Raniere at the top as the only male member.
The cult founder was known as Vanguard to his followers while the rest of the pyramid consisted of tiers of female “slaves,” who had the opportunity to become masters by recruiting other women into the group.
Next: Mack signed her life over to Raniere
Signing their lives over to Raniere
- Mack promised Raniere her home and her future children
Mack reportedly met Raniere around 2005 during one of his talks in Toronto where she filmed Smallville. The criminal mastermind quickly pinpointed something in Mack and was eventually able to lure the pint-sized actress into DOS using what he called collateral.
To become Raniere’s personal slave, Mack wrote a signed letter to her “master” declaring, “If she broke her commitment, her home would be transferred into his name and future children birthed by her would be his, as well as a letter addressed to social services claiming abuse of her nephews.”
Mack would eventually use this same tactic to force other women into acting as her slaves.
Next: Mack forced her slaves to abide by certain rules.
Grooming her slaves
- Mack befriended women in order to lure then into DOS
After she recruited women into DOS by praying on their vulnerability and befriending them, Mack began to groom them to be slaves.
People is reporting, “Authorities suspect Mack forced DOS slaves, to have sex with Raniere and that Mack groomed DOS slaves for sex with Raniere by requiring [them] to adhere to extremely restrictive diets and not remove their pubic hair (in accordance with Raniere’s sexual preferences) and by requiring them to remain celibate and not to masturbate.”
Next: This is what kept Mack in DOS
- Status is what motivated Mack to continue recruiting women to DOS
Since she appeared on Smallville for 10 years, Mack was making quite a good living for herself. In fact, according to Celebrity Net Worth, the former actress is worth about $2 million. However, her status as a millionaire was not enough for Mack.
According to court documents filed by prosecutors, Mack allegedly “received financial benefits [in] the form of continued status and participation in DOS, as well as financial opportunities from Raniere.”
Next: Mack claims responsibility for this awful NXIVM tradition
Branding women with her initials
- Mack claimed the branding was meaningful
In an interview that she gave long before facing charges of sex trafficking, Mack freely admitted she came up with the idea to brand some women of DOS with her initials.
The New York Times reports that Mack said openly, “[I take] full responsibility for coming up with the branding. I was like: “Y’all, a tattoo? People get drunk and tattooed on their ankle “BFF,” or a tramp stamp.” I have two tattoos, and they mean nothing. [I] wanted to do something more meaningful, something that took guts.”
The women’s brands included both Raniere’s initials and AM for Allison Mack.
Next: Wanting her slaves to think of their master
The ritual of branding
- Mack demanded that her slaves “feel the pain”
Branding in and of itself is already a disgusting and inhumane tactic. Unfortunately, Mack also forced the women she branded to go through an entire ritual when they were marked.
In their investigation, the Department of Justice said, “During the ceremonies in which [Mack’s] slaves were branded, the defendant placed her hands on the slaves’ chests and told them to “feel the pain” and to “think of [their] master,” as the slaves cried with pain. The defendant also “provided naked photographs of her slaves to Raniere and was aware of Raniere’s proclivity for having sex with multiple young women.”
Next: Trying to get ahead of the scandal
Claims of consent
- Raniere attempted to keep DOS under wraps
When news about NXIVM’s true practices first began breaking in the press, Raniere attempted to get ahead of the scandal by claiming consent.
According to People, “In statements posted to Nxivm’s website, Raniere has said that all of the women involved in the DOS subgroup were consenting adults and that Nxivm was not involved in what he dubbed a “sorority.”
Former members of DOS are claiming otherwise.
Next: Out on bond
- Mack’s trial will begin in October 2018
After facing charges, Mack was released from jail after her parents bonded her out of prison to the tune of $5 million. At present, she remains under house arrest at their home in California.
She is being monitored and cannot associate with any former or current members of NXIVM. She and Raniere’s trial will begin in October 2018.
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