SMALLVILLE star Allison Mack pleaded guilty to charges in relation to her apparent role in a cult which enslaved women.
The shocking news of what goes on in the cult has been the subject of new docu-series The Vow but what do we know about Allison Mack, the so-called cult, its leader and its members?
Who is Allison Mack?
Allison Mack, 36, starred in Smallville as Chloe Sullivan and also worked as a producer and director.
The US actress was born on July 29, 1982, in Preetz, West Germany to Jonathan – an opera singer – and Mindy Mack, who were in Germany at the time of her birth because her father was performing there.
While she is best known for her roles as Chloe Sullivan on Smallville and as Amanda on Wilfred, her acting career began at four years old in advertisements for German Chocolate.
She began studying at the Young Actors Space in Los Angeles when she was seven years old, and in 1998 landed her first television role in an episode of 7th Heaven in which she played a teenager who self-harmed.
She also briefly featured in Opposite Sex in 2000, R.L. Stine's miniseries The Nightmare Room, as well as film roles in Police Academy 6: City Under Siege, My Horrible Year, Camp Nowhere and Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves.
She is best known for co-starring in Smallville in 2001 as Chloe Sullivan – one of teen Clark Kent's best friends.
From 2003 to 2004, Allison's character appeared in her own miniseries titled Smallville: Chloe Chronicles, and in 2006, Smallville: Vengeance Chronicles.
She won several awards and nominations for her portrayal of Chloe, including the Teen Choice Award for Best Sidekick in 2006 and 2007.
In 2012, she was cast in a recurring role in the second season of the FX sitcom Wilfred, as Amanda, the love interest of Elijah Wood's lead character Ryan.
In 2014, Mack guest-starred as a policewoman named Hilary in an episode of the Fox thriller The Following.
The former star was reportedly arrested in New York for her role in the NXIVM DOS sex cult in April 2018.
In May 2017 it was reported the actress was "brainwashed into recruiting up to 25 women into the terrifying slave cult".
How is Allison Mack linked to the NXIVM 'sex cult' and Keith Raniere?
NXIVM claims to be a self-help group which gives classes and seminars that help clients on a path of personal and professional development.
There is a training system, where students refer to founder Keith Raniere as "founder".
Allison Mack was allegedly a "master" in the cult and therefore had to obey orders from leader Raniere.
She allegedly had to find bed partners for him, run 40 miles a week and keep a strict diet to stay as skinny as possible.
An ex-publicist for the "cult" claimed Allison was in charge of recruiting new women into NXIVM – and in April 2019 Mack pleaded guilty to blackmailing women into becoming sex slaves for the cult.
Writing in a blog post on his personal website, Frank Parlato claimed that Allison even started branding her initials on other women.
He claimed: "Mack, the second in command of DOS – which stands for Dominus Obsequious Sororium (translating to 'the slave women under the master') – reportedly has Raniere’s initials branded on her pubic region.
"And she has her own initials, along with Raniere’s, branded on dozens of other women.
"She used her celebrity status to persuade women into sending Raniere graphic nude pictures and confessions to use as blackmail and used her own home to have them branded with a hot iron by physician Dr Danielle Roberts, one of the slave women of Mack and Raniere."
It is said more than 12,000 people have signed up for classes between 1998 and 2010.
The cult's name, DOS, is believed to be short for "dominus obsequious sororium" – Latin for the "master over the slave women".
Personal information and pictures are said to be collected as part of the initiation.
Branding is also said to be used on some members – reportedly dubbed "slaves".
In one shocking email seen by Sun Online, slaves are told to fast for 12 hours a day, take cold showers and perform a "daily act to honour" their master.
NXIVM put out a statement saying: "The allegations relayed in the story are built upon sources, some of which are under criminal investigation or already indicted, who act as a coordinated group."
Where is Allison Mack now?
Allison was charged with sex trafficking, after federal prosecutors said she worked as a slave “master” to recruit unsuspecting women to Raniere’s sex cult.
She appeared before Brooklyn's Eastern District Court to face various sex trafficking charges for her involvement with NXIVM.
“Ms. Mack was one of the top members of a highly organised scheme which was designed to provide sex to (Raniere),” Assistant US Attorney Moira Penza said in court.
On April 20, 2018, Mack pleaded not guilty to charges of sex trafficking and forced labour.
But in April 2019 Mack changed her plea to guilty to charges involving sex trafficking, identity fraud and money laundering.
She faces a maximum of 40 years in prison – 20 years on each count – but is awaiting sentence while an investigation is conducted.
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