Former Smallville star Alaina Huffman -- who played the character of Dinah Lance/Black Canary -- has revealed she was frequently invited to attend NXIVM meetings by co-star Allison Mack during her time on the show.
"Interestingly, when I look back on it, I had been invited to several meetings, and because I had two little kids at the time, I never really had the time and our schedules never really lined up, so I never ended up attending," Huffman told Us Weekly. "Honestly, there was always a little something off about it... But I can see the appeal. Here was this successful young woman who was living a great life, and it was intriguing. I can see where people got recruited."
"It was just a feeling, and I was like, 'No, I'm good,' and I stayed away," She continued. "I don't know if that's because I had my own village, I wasn't very susceptible or vulnerable. I had a great group of friends, at the time I was married, and I had my kids."
Mack was a regular cast member on Smallville, playing the character of Chloe Sullivan for its entire 10-season run. Meanwhile, Huffman boarded the Superman-based television series as Black Canary during Season 7.
Mack was a high-ranking member of NXIVM (pronounced Nex-e-um), a purported self-help organization that was later revealed to be a sex cult. Mack joined the organization alongside fellow Smallville alum Kristin Kreuk (who left shortly thereafter), and was allegedly tasked with recruiting new "sex slaves" for Keith Raniere, the organization's leader.
Huffman also revealed her reaction when the truth about NXIVM ultimately came to light, saying, "I wasn't surprised, but I was shocked. I was kind of like, 'Oh my god! Oh, that makes sense.'"
Early last year, Raniere and Mack were arrested by the FBI alongside several other NXIVM members. Mack was indicted on charges of trafficking, sex trafficking conspiracy and forced labor conspiracy, as well as accused of money laundering and identity fraud. Charges of racketeering and racketeering conspiracy were later added.
Last month, as part of a plea agreement, Mack plead guilty to the racketeering-related charges so she would not have to stand trial alongside Raniere and the other high-level NXIVM members, who all pleaded not guilty. Her sentencing is scheduled for September 11.