According to reports, actress Allison Mack is not the only “Smallville” star to have been ensnared by Keith Raniere to join his “cult” NXIVM (“Nexium”). Actress Kristin Kreuk, who played a young Lana Lang in the popular CW series, allegedly served as one of the “recruiters” for the group for around 6 years, finally getting out before things took a more violent turn.
Raniere, 57, was arrested by the FBI on Monday at his $10,000-per-week villa in Puerta Vallarta, Mexico, where he’d been hiding out since the New York Times published damning allegations about his alleged “sex slave” sorority, overseen by Raniere and Mack and allegedly partly funded by Seagram’s heiress, Clare Bronfman, daughter of billionaire Edgar Bronfman Sr. Raniere, called “Vanguard” by his followers, has been charged with sex trafficking and conspiracy to commit forced labor. Mack is an unnamed co-conspirator in the charges.
According to whistleblower Frank Parlato, a former spokesman for the group who has provided detailed accounts of NXIVM and its secret sex slave sorority DOS (“Dominant Over Submissive”), both Mack and Kreuk served as recruiters for the organization beginning around 2006. According to Parlato, Kreuk first began attending meetings “around late 2005, early 2006.” The New York Post sums up Parlato’s account (formatting adjusted):
“Kreuk brought in Allison” soon afterward, said Parlato, who worked as the group’s publicist in 2007 and 2008. Mack played Clark Kent’s starry-eyed blond pursuer, Chloe Sullivan.
“Lana” and “Chloe” went from starring in the popular, sugar sweet CW series to starring as Raniere’s top sex-slave recruiters, said Parlato. “Allison was used, as was Kristen, as a lure to bring in other women because of their celebrity status,” he said.
After the Albany Times Union reported in 2012 that Raniere had sex with underage girls, Kreuk finally broke away from the cult, the Post reports.
Some time after she left, Parlato reports,Mack devised the idea, along with Raniere, to “brand” select female members of the cult with the initials “KR” and “AM” as part of the ritual to join the DOS sorority, the women allegedly committed to being Raniere’s sex slaves and kept loyal through various blackmail methods.
Here’s an image of the brand posted by Parlato:
Footage taken during Raniere’s arrest on Monday has made its way to The Sun, which posted it here. In the footage, a a woman who appears to be Mack can be seen:
The Sun reports that Mack is expected to be arrested soon. Meanwhile, Raniere has been charged with sex trafficking and conspiracy to commit forced labor. The federal complaint cites victims as young as 12 years old in what it describes as “repeated sexual encounters with multiple teenage girls.” Spokesmen for Kreuk and Mack have not responded to requests for comment.