Smallville star Allison Mack, who played Clark Kent’s pal Chloe Sullivan, is reportedly in active plea negotiations with the United States government as she attempts to extricate herself from charges of sex-trafficking, stemming from her involvement with NXIVM, a cult-like self-help group.
Mack and Clare Bronfman, NXIVM's alleged bankroller and heiress to the Seagram liquor fortune, are trying to avoid going to trial with group leader Keith Raniere, according to the Niagara Gazette. In addition to previous charges relating to “operating a secret society” and forcing women into sex slavery, Raniere was last week handed additional charges of child exploitation and possessing child pornography.
Mack was previously charged as part of Raniere's “inner circle” at NXIVM, a purported self-help group for female empowerment that prosecutors claim was both a pyramid scheme and, more damningly, a front for a sex cult that preyed on vulnerable women. The victims were said to have been forced into a “master-slave” relationship with Raniere and branded with a design that incorporated both his and Mack’s initials.
Kristin Kreuk, Mack’s co-star on Smallville, was also said to be a part of NXIVM along with several other actresses. Kreuk released a statement last year clarifying her involvement with the group and denying that she ever helped to recruit women as “sex slaves.”
Currently, only Raniere, Mack, Bronfman, NXIVM president Nancy Salzman, her daughter Lauren and bookkeeper Kathy Russell are being charged. Raniere has denied all allegations and has been in custody since 2018. Mack was released on bond last March, under the condition that she wear an ankle monitor and remain at her parents' home in California.
Jury selection for the impending court dates are set to start in April.