Smallville star Allison Mack is currently under house arrest on $5 million bail after pleading “not guilty” to sex trafficking, sex trafficking conspiracy, and forced labor charges for her role in recruiting women into the sex cult Nxivm, founded and run by Keith Raniere. But beyond the formal charges, she also exploited marriage equality by marrying Canadian-born Battlestar Galactica star Nicki Clyne in order to ensure Clyne could remain in the United States and in the cult, INTO reported.
Rumors had swirled that Mack, who attempted to recruit famous women including Emma Watson and Kelly Clarkson into the cult via social media years ago, married Clyne. But INTO obtained documents proving the actress indeed married her, thereby taking advantage, for nefarious reasons, of decades of hard-fought battles to ensure same-sex couples were afforded the same rights as opposite-sex couples.
At a hearing in late April in Brooklyn Officer Ramon Moore, of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, said that he had interviewed Mack who told him she had been living with her wife Nicole Klein since December 2017, according to INTO.
Mack was widely considered to be Raniere’s right-hand woman recruiting women into his Albany, N.Y.-based pyramid scheme sex slavery ring that he refers to as a “self-help group” in which members are forced to enlist others to join to eventually serve Raniere, “the master." But Mack had achieved enough status within the cult to warrant having her own slaves —including Clyne, according to People.
Mack and Clyne married in February 2017, Nxivm’s former publicist Frank Parlato told People.
During the deluge of sexual harassment allegations against powerful men last fall, The New York Times printed an expose about Nxivm in which it revealed the “self-help” group had been around since the late 1990s, with more than 16,000 people having enrolled in the group’s “courses.” The story also revealed that part of the initiation into the cult required that the women/sex slaves be branded with the type of metal branding used on cattle.
Mack’s and Raniere’s trial date is set for October 1. If convicted, they could be sentenced to 15 years to life in prison, according to NBC.