Smallville actor Allison Mack arrested in connection with sex cult

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"Smallville" actress Allison Mack was arrested Friday, accused of having a role in an upstate NY sex slave cult.

Mack and Raniere's arrests follow a report from the New York Times published last Fall with accounts of former members who said women were extorted into having sex and were branded with his initials on their hips.

Mack is expected to be arraigned in Brooklyn federal court on Friday.

According to U.S. Attorney's Office, over the past two decades Raniere established a series of purported self-help programs under the name NXIVM, based in Albany, New York with centers in the United States, Mexico, Canada and South America. "The victims were then exploited, both sexually and for their labor, to the defendants' benefit".

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An actress best known for playing a young Superman's friend has pleaded not guilty to charges she helped recruit women into a cult-like organization.

According to the publication, the group was marketed as a "self-help group", with Raniere allegedly blackmailing women into becoming sex slaves.

Authorities have long alleged Raniere led the secretive clan of female followers - including some Hollywood celebrities - and brainwashed them into "sex slaves".

The indictment claims many so-called slaves were branded on their pelvic areas using a cauterizing pen with a symbol which, unbeknownst to them, incorporated Raniere's initials.

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Court filings say that in 2015, Raniere, who also went by "Vanguard", created a secret sub-organization with NXIVM called "DOS", an acronym for a Latin phrase that loosely translates to "Lord/Master of the Obedient Female Companions", or "The Vow". Raniere was the sole male in DOS and the leader.

Footage posted online showed Mack and another actress, Nicki Clyne, chasing a police auto after Raniere's arrest. The filings allege that DOS had levels of women "slaves" headed by "masters" in a pyramid scheme, with Raniere at the top and Mack immediately below Raniere. She had been accused of being a high-level recruiter in an abusive sex cult, and that she also served as a key spokesperson for the group as well. It was unclear who her attorney is.

If convicted of the charges, Mack and Raniere each face a minimum of 15 years and up to life in prison.

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