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'Smallville' actress Allison Mack went from a CW star to a notorious cult leader. How in the world did that happen?

Allison Mack: From ‘Smallville’ sweetheart to sex cult leader

Many remember Clark Kent’s (Tom Welling) adorkable sidekick, Chloe Sullivan (Allison Mack), in CW’s Smallville. Unfortunately, a few years into the show’s run after premiering in 2001, an alleged sex cult known as NXIVM (NEX-ee-um), set its sights on this young actress.

At some point, many young boys had an innocent crush on Allison Mack. Unfortunately, Keith Raniere, the founder of NXIVM, alleged sex cult, saw her as an easy target for his celebrity focused cult.

Allison Mack’s first introduction with NXIVM

Allison Mack’s Smallville co-star and close friend, Kristen Kreuk invited her to a seminar focused on empowering women. At this seminar, Mack was introduced to Ms. Salzman and her daughter, Lauren Salzmen. During this seminar for empowering women – which was actually a ploy for NXIVM to network with young women in the film industry – Mack grew close to Ms. Salzman and other NXIVM members.

At the seminar, the NXIVM members Allison Mack grew close with, introduced themselves to Mack as a mentorship program. However, they left out the fact their “mentorship program” was on the brink of devolving into a deranged sex cult, allegedly.

Eventually, Mack’s networking led her into the hands of Sara Bronfman. Bronfman later introduced Allison Mack to Keith Raniere, leader and founder of NXIVM.

An ex-NXIVM member later recalled thinking “Oh my god, they’ve gotten their claws into her”, when she saw Allison Mack with Sara Bronfman.

Okay, but how did she get roped into the cult?

Ever since Allison Mack was eighteen years old, she had been starring alongside the beautiful Kristen Kreuk and man crush Tom Welling in Smallville. This eventually led to her growing quite insecure. Fans of the show constantly comparing the looks of the two young actresses didn’t help these insecurities.

NXIVM was aware of this insecurity in Mack’s life and used it to sneak into her mind, giving her the validation she so desperately craved. Rather than giving her the enlightenment she had been hoping for, NXIVM and Keith Raniere instead gave her twisted guidance leading her right into their creepy hands.

What did Mack do in the cult? Surely it can’t be that bad, right?

Mack is accused of recruiting women herself as “slaves” for the cult in the years following her entrance into NXIVM. After recruiting these young girls, NXIVM would literally brand their skin and procure “collateral” of explicit videos & pictures to use as blackmail fuel.

Allison Mack sobbed during her plea in Brooklyn federal court. “I joined NXIVM first to find purpose,” she said, “I was lost and wanted to find a place, a community in which I would feel comfortable.”

Well, where is Mack now?

In 2018, Allison Mack admitted to being a member of NXIVM. Prosecutors claim that “Mack was one of NXIVM’s highest-ranking members.” Mack was charged with racketeering conspiracy & racketeering; although she had previously admitted to being part of this group, Mack pleaded innocent in court.

Later, in April 2019, Allison Mack changed her plea to guilty, confessing to all her crimes. “I must take full responsibility for my conduct and that is why I am pleading guilty today. I am and will be a better person as a result of this.” She continued, “Through it all, I believed Keith Raniere’s intentions were to help people. I was wrong.”

In addition to Mack admitting guilt for racketeering conspiracy & racketeering, she also admitted to state law extortion & forced labor.

Keith Raniere, the disgusting man behind all this extorting and lying is currently behind bars waiting for sentencing, thank god. Allison Mack, however, was released on a five-million-dollar bond and is currently on house arrest in California and under the custody of her parents.

Mack is still awaiting sentencing for the crimes she has been found guilty of. What do you think will happen to Smallville’s Allison Mack? Let us know in the comments.

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