Smallville’s Allison Mack Released On Bond; NXIVM TV Show Already In The Works
by Erik Amaya
The saga of former Smallville star Allison Mack and her involvement in an alleged sex cult continues.
According to TV Insider, Mack was released from jail Tuesday on a $5 million bond. She will remain on house arrest in her family’s California home. The Smallville and Wilfred veteran was arrested last Friday in connection with NXIVM, a self-help business that, allegedly, held within it a secret sect known as DOS. Working with NXIVM founder Keith Raniere, Mack allegedly recruited young women to be exploited “sexually and for their labor, to the defendants’ benefit” according to charges filed by the U.S. Attorney’s Office Eastern District of New York. Mack is said to be the number two person in the organization after Raniere, who was arrested March 26th. Both face charges of of sex trafficking, sex trafficking conspiracy, and forced labor conspiracy with mandatory 15-year sentences if convicted.
Some reports indicate Mack is considering a plea deal to reduce her sentence.
Other alleged DOS members include Seagram heirs Sara and Clare Bronfman and Battlestar Galactica‘s Nicki Clyne, who, according to the NXIVM watchdog website ArtVoice, is married to Mack in an attempt to avoid deportation back to Canada.
Parts of the story were detailed in the 2017 New York Times article “Inside a Secretive Group Where Women Are Branded,” which has just been optioned by Annapurna Television. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the company intends to adapt the article into a “one-hour fictionalized scripted series that is inspired by actual events.” So expected names and certain details to be changed while some of the more headline-worthy aspects — like the women being branded with the initials of Raniere and Mack — to be retained. Westworld‘s Shannon Woodward will serve as an executive producer with Annapurna’s Megan Ellison, Sue Naegle and Susan Goldberg.