Since actress Allison Mack was arrested for her involvement in an alleged sex cult, her former co-stars have remained quiet, but now “Smallville” actor Michael Rosenbaum is opening up about his former colleague and the allegations made against her.
Rosenbaum, who played villain Lex Luthor on the popular superhero show, recently appeared on “Theo Von’s This Past Weekend” podcast and answered a question from a caller regarding Mack and what he knew about her involvement in NXIVM, the self-help organization that allegedly doubled as a sex cult.
“It’s like someone telling you that your brother murdered someone,” he said, describing the feeling when he first heard the news. “You’re like, ‘No, he didn’t. I know my brother. He wouldn’t kill anybody.’ It’s just so bizarre. The whole story I think is yet to come out. I think it’s just shocking and surprising.”
Mack was arrested earlier this year along with NXIVM founder Keith Raniere and charged with sex trafficking, sex trafficking conspiracy, and forced labour. Both Mack and Raniere pleaded not guilty to the charges; a trial date is set for October 1.
“When I was on that show, Allison was the sweetest, most professional… she was just a great girl, great actress,” Rosenbaum continued. “And I remember her mentioning something. An organization. And I didn’t really listen. I just remember thinking, Oh, that’s a little culty. That’s not for me.
“She was like a lot of actors and actresses. She wanted attention. She wanted approval, and she found something that she probably thought would give her that. Ultimately, inadvertently, she got into something that was bigger than her.”
Rosenbaum then said he never suspected Mack would be involved in something like a sex cult. “I thought she would be married with kids. She was smart, and her family was into music and opera and stuff, and sort of upper class. I don’t know what that means, but she had her stuff together,” he said. “You just don’t ever really know someone.”
You can listen to the full interview above (the talk about Mack starts at the one-hour three-minute mark).