New light is being shed on the unlikely transformation of actress Allison Mack from “Smallville” star to alleged sex cult leader in a profile in this week’s The Hollywood Reporter.
The 35-year-old is being accused of sex trafficking and could face up to 15 years in prison. Friends and ex-members of the Nxivm cult spoke to the magazine about her disturbing journey.
“I don’t think she was thinking she was actually trafficking girls,” a former roommate of Mack said. “It doesn’t mean she doesn’t deserve punishment but I think she had drunk enough Kool-Aid to really believe that these girls were going to save the world with [Raniere’s] super-sperm.”
Mack was allegedly the No. 2 in the “women’s empowerment” cult founded by Keith Raniere. The cult is accused of harbouring sex slaves, and even branding their skin.
“She was so hungry for something bigger, some kind of sign [that would show] the purpose and meaning of life,” said actress Christine Lakin, a friend of Mack when they were both child actors in the ’90s.
Raniere placed severe dietary restrictions on the women of Nxivm, as well as forbade them from shaving or waxing their body hair.
“I took one look at Allison and I knew she was involved romantically and sexually with Keith,” said one former member of the cult. “She had a grey pallor that was common to Keith’s women because they all start to get a little sickly. I know I did. They drop weight. Their heads get too big for their bodies so they become bobbleheads. It’s scary-looking.”
The woman also told THR she spoke to slaves kept in the cult. “These slaves said Mack was incredibly intimidating, cruel, and punitive,” she recalled. “She berated them and told them they were worth nothing, that they were weak and couldn’t uphold their word.”