'Smallville's Allison Mack Granted $5M Bond In Sex-Trafficking Case

25 April, 2018, 15:14 | Author: Diane Mills
  • It appears that 'Smallville' star Allison Mack was trying to recruit Emma Watson and other celebrities to join an alleged

- A federal judge granted actress Allison Mack bail while she faces sex trafficking charges in connection with her involvement in a secretive group in upstate NY.

Mack is accused of luring young women into the secretive group under the guise of helping them with self-empowerment.

Mack was a series regular on The CW network's "Smallville", which ran from 2001 to 2015.

A federal judge agreed to release Mack, who was arrested last week, on $5 million bond and place her under home detention.

She has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Allison's mother, Melinda secured the bond using her daughter's home in Clifton Park, New York, their home in Los Alamitos California, and a retirement account that Allison Mack owned.

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35-year-old Mack has pleaded not guilty to sex trafficking, conspiracy and forced labor. Her hair appeared freshly washed and well-combed, in contrast to Friday, when it appeared dirty and disheveled.

Allison will have to serve home detention with electronic monitoring and she has been ordered not to interact with anyone, past or present, who has been involved with NXIVM as part of her bail release. She allegedly had "slaves" underneath her in the organization and "directly or implicitly required" two women "to engage in sexual activity with Raniere", according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney's Office in the Eastern District of NY.

Mr. Raniere, who has denied wrongdoing, wrote in a letter to Nxivm members: "Over the past months, there have been extensive independent investigations performed, by highly qualified individuals, and they have firmly concluded that there is no merit to the allegations that we are abusing, coercing or harming individuals".

"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", United States Attorney Richard P. Donoghue said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter at the time.

Allison Mack may have tried to lure Emma Watson and Kelly Clarkson into the sex cult, Nxivm, according to reports in the US. 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. "During the branding ceremonies, slaves were required to be fully naked, and a master would order one slave to film the branded while the others restrained the slave being branded". It's expected that Mack will cut a plea deal with prosecutors and testify against Raniere. Both face mandatory minimum sentences of 15 years to life in prison if convicted.

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