Actress Allison Mack, best known for her decade on TV's "Smallville", and Keith Raniere, the leader of what authorities allege is a sex cult, were indicted Friday in NY on federal charges of sex trafficking and conspiracy to commit forced labor, the Albany Times-Union reported.
Raniere left the United States late a year ago after The New York Times reported the stories of some women who defected from their secret sorority and the government began interviewing potential witnesses. Mack was allegedly one level below Raniere, who made some of the women brand themselves with his initials.
Smallville alum Allison Mack has been arrested for her alleged involvement in a sex-trafficking case, according to the Associated Press. When reached for comment by BuzzFeed News, a representative for Mack said, "At this time, I have no comment regarding the arrest of Allison Mack".
But "the victims were then exploited, both sexually and for their labor to the defendants' benefit", said U.S. Attorney Richard P. Donoghue of the Eastern District of NY in Brooklyn. "Then they nicknamed her Pimp Mack".
She's listed on Raniere's criminal complaint as "Co-Conspirator 1" according to the Albany Times Union. "It's incredibly sad because she's a very sweet person and seems normal until anything about Keith Raniere or NXIVM comes up".
Raniere and Mack are each charged with multiple counts, and could face a minimum of 15 years in prison.More news: United Nations in talks with Syria, Russia on security for chemical weapons experts
"As alleged, Keith Raniere displayed a disgusting abuse of power in his efforts to denigrate and manipulate women he considered his sex slaves", FBI's New York Field Office Assistant Director-in-Charge William F. Sweeney Jr. said in a statement in March. She was arraigned in Brooklyn federal court late in the afternoon, and ordered held without bail.
NXIVM's founder and an actress who was a member of his self-help group were indicted Friday on sex trafficking and forced labor conspiracy charges related to what prosecutors say is a secret society within the group.
Raniere, 57, known to his followers as "the Vanguard" - was living in a villa in Puerto Vallarta with several women, according to federal prosecutors, before he was apprehended in March.
Pollak declined to release Mack on bail, but said she might be released at a future hearing if she could offer "significant property" to secure her bail. The society included "masters" and "slaves", with Raniere as the secretive headmaster and Mack as second-in-command, prosecutors have alleged.
The actress denied she had any influence over the category and was not involved in its own "Dominus Obsequious Sororium" (DOS), which translates in Latin to "Master On the Slave lady".