**Update** "Smallville" actress Allison Mack is being released on five-million-dollars bond after facing sex trafficking charges. The 35-year-old actress appeared in Brooklyn Federal court where she was released from jail and placed under house arrest in California. Mack is accused of luring young women, forcing them to go on starvation diets, branding them like cattle and grooming them for sex with the cult's accused ringleader Keith Raniere. She has pled not guilty.
Business Insider pointed out that Mack attempted to convince several celebrities, including Emma Watson, to join in on what she went on as describing as an "amazing women's movement. "I'm a fellow actress like yourself & involved in an amazing women's movement I think you'd dig. I'd love to chat if you're open," Mack tweeted to Watson in January 2016, before following up once again in February that same year. "I participate in a unique human development & women's movement I'd love to tell you about. As a fellow actress I can relate so well to your vision and what you want to see in the world. I think we could work together. Let me know if you're willing to chat."
She also tried to get Kelly Clarkson into the mix, but the solicitation wasn't as direct as what she sent over to Watson. "I heard through the grapevine that you're a fan of Smallville. I'm a fan of yours as well! I'd love to chat sometime," she tweeted in 2013. Scroll on below to see the tweets.
On Friday (April 20), Mack appeared in Brooklyn federal court and pleaded not guilty to charges of sex trafficking and forced labor. This comes a month after the group leader Keith Raniere was collared on the same exact charges.
'Smallville' star Allison Mack has been arrested on charges of sex trafficking, sex trafficking conspiracy, and forced labor conspiracy for her role as an alleged "slave master" and helping recruit women into the cult-like group named Nxivm (pronounced NEX-ium). Mack was best known as Clark Kent's friend and confidant "Chloe" on the CW's "Smallville."
According to a statement from the Department of Justice, Keith Raniere (also known as 'Vanguard'), the founder of Nxivm, promoted his group as a self-help improvement course, but the truth was far darker. Mack "recruited women to join what was purported to be a female mentorship group that was, in fact, created and led by Keith Raniere," US Attorney Richard P. Donoghue said in the statement. "The victims were then exploited, both sexually and for their labor, to the defendant's benefit."
The 35-year-old Mack served as Raniere's direct 'slave' as well serving as a master to the other women they had convinced to join their group. If women wanted to join Nxivm, they were allegedly instructed by Mack to take blackmail-worthy photos and give them incriminating statements. Recruits would also be also forced to pose naked for the camera, cut down on their eating, take part in 'readiness' drills that left them without much sleep, among other demands.
A statement on the Nxivm website says they are working with authorities to clear their founder's name.
"In response to the allegations against our founder, Keith Raniere, we are currently working with the authorities to demonstrate his innocence and true character. We strongly believe the justice system will prevail in bringing the truth to light."
Mack is due in Brooklyn Federal Court for a bail hearing. On Friday she pleaded not guilty to the charges.