This whole thing regarding Smallville star Allison Mack being associated with the alleged sex cult Nxivm, has been crazy! She was apparently second in command and was arrested by the FBI in Brooklyn for her connection to the controversial group that was started by Keith Raniere. They reportedly lured in and brainwashed several young girls and there were accusations of branding them with a symbol on their skin that contained the initials: K, R, A M. Turns out those are the initials of Keith Raniere (KR) and Allison Mack (AM).
The New York Times did an extensive recount of this Nxivm sex cult and in it, journalist Vanessa Grigoriadis reveals that Mack is the one who actually came up with the decision to brand these women that they recruited! Here's what Grigoriadis wrote.
In her apartment, I was surprised to hear [Allison] Mack take full responsibility for coming up with the DOS cauterized brand. She told me, 'I was like: 'Y'all, a tattoo? People get drunk and tattooed on their ankle 'BFF,' or a tramp stamp. I have two tattoos and they mean nothing.' She wanted to do something more meaningful, something that took guts... When the cauterized brand was introduced, it was a scary experience, like any real rite of passage, but some of them kidded around through it. Even if they cried when they were getting the brand; even if they wore surgical masks to help them with breathing in the smell of burning flesh; even if the brand was much larger than they were told it would be and looked like an ancient hieroglyph; even if they were in a state of sheer terror, they were still able to transcend the fear and cry out to one another: 'Badass warrior bitches! Let's get strong together.'
The report goes on to claim that Mack got involved with the group when she was feeling unhappy with her TV acting career at 23. She asked the cult leader to "make her a great actress again." Things obviously took a turn for the worse. Fellow Smallville actress Kristin Kreuk, who was also a part of the group, recently came out and said that she never recruited anyone into it while she was involved. But, Mack talked about trying to recruit other celebrities like Emma Watson and Kelly Clarkson. She says that she tried to invite these high-profile performers to learn more about her techniques of female empowerment.
There's been a lot of information coming out about this group and it was revealed that Mack actively hunted down, recruited, and controlled women inside Keith Raniere's inner circle, which was called DOS. That stands for Dominus Obsequious Sororium, which translates to Master Over Slave Women. It was also called "The Vow." Mack went on to say:
"I found my spine, and I just kept solidifying my spine every time I would do something hard. [DOS] about women coming together and pledging to one another a full-time commitment to become our most powerful and embodied selves by pushing on our greatest fears, by exposing our greatest vulnerabilities, by knowing that we would stand with each other no matter what, by holding our word, by overcoming pain."
Damn. I loved Mack on Smallville, it's crazy and sad to see what she ended up getting herself into. She was arrested on April 20th on charges of sex trafficking and conspiracy to commit sex trafficking and forced labor. She was later released on a $5 million bail.