Here’s How Allison Mack Tried to Recruit Emma Watson and Other Famous People for an Alleged Sex Cult
Smallville star Allison Mack was accused of her alleged involvement with a highly controversial group some are calling a cult. The star reportedly recruited women to the group, including other celebrities who luckily turned her down.
Mack starred on ‘Smallville’
Mack starred on the hit WB/CW drama about a young Clark Kent (Tom Welling) coming to terms with his new powers as Superman. She played Chloe Sullivan, one of Kent’s best friends and eventually starred in her own miniseries about the character.
She joined the controversial group ‘Nxivm’
A 2017 New York Times story exposed a highly controversial “self-help group” called Nxivm (pronounced Nex-e-um). Nxivm reportedly branded women and required they submit nude photos as blackmail in case they ever spoke publicly about the group. The media obtained court documents that explained Mack knowingly lured women to join the group under false pretenses of a “female mentorship group.”
“As alleged in the indictment, Allison Mack recruited women to join what was purported to be a female mentorship group that was, in fact, created and led by Keith Raniere,” U.S. Attorney Richard P. Donoghue said. “The victims were then exploited, both sexually and for their labor, to the defendants’ benefit.”
Next: Mack tried to recruit these high-profile celebrities.
She used Twitter to contact Emma Watson
Mack reached out to the Harry Potter and Beauty and the Beast star three times in 2016 on Twitter. The nature of the tweets suggests that Mack was preying on Watson, who is a highly human rights advocate, in an attempt to initiate her into Nxivm.
“.@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,” read the first tweet she sent Watson.
Next: Mack contacted a famous singer, too.
Fans intervened when she went for Kelly Clarkson
It appears Mack made moves to befriend Grammy-winner Kelly Clarkson years before she did Watson. “I heard through the grapevine that you’re a fan of Smallville,” she tweeted at Clarkson. “I’m a fan of yours as well! I’d love to chat sometime.”
Clarkson never publicly responded to the tweet, but her fans recently commented in light of Mack’s arrest. “Dear 5 years ago Kelly, DON’T! Love, Max,” one wrote.
Mack sent actress Samia Shoaib ‘frantic emails’
Samia Shoaib, who held a small role in The Sixth Sense, claimed Mack sent her “overtly friendly” and “frantic” emails after they met during a 2013 audition for an NBC pilot. “I wish I could tell you alarm bells went off, but they really didn’t. She was a very sweet girl,” Shoaib said.
Initially, Shoaib only found Mack’s attempts “desperate.” She later relayed how Mack appeared a “haunted, lost soul.” Mack tried convincing Shoaib to join a Nxivm-affiliated group of “a bunch of women … we share our experiences and support each other.” Shoaib never joined and shared with her Twitter followers that she felt it was her duty to speak up.
Next: This celebrity’s family member fell victim to the ‘cult.’
Catherine Oxenberg’s daughter was tied to Nxivm
The Dynasty star opened up in 2017 about the dangerous “cult” she believed her daughter, India, was a part of. Catherine and India attended a 2011 Nxivm meeting together as a “bonding opportunity” under the impression it was a self-help and female empowerment-based meeting.
While Catherine found the program “weird and creepy,” her daughter quickly became involved and spent most of her inheritance on the costly classes. Catherine initially tried to stay hands-off but intervened when a close friend who had been involved with Nxivm told her, “you need to save your daughter.”
Next: What is next for the celebs?
Mack pleaded ‘not guilty’
Mack was released from federal custody on April 24, 2018, on $5 million bail. She pleads “not guilty” to the charges but faces 15 years in prison if convicted. NXIVM’s former publicist called Mack “the primary recruiter of young slaves,” for the group’s leader. “She was both a victim and victimizer, a mastermind and a useful idiot.”
Fox News reported the former actress joined the organization sometime between 2006 or 2007.
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