In what will most likely be (you never know these days) the most bizarre and unexpected story you’ll read today, former Smallville actress Allison Mack, who fans may remember as Chloe Sullivan, is currently under investigation for being a high-level recruiter for a very sinister sounding sex cult.
Yes, you read that correctly. The group which calls themselves DOS, is reportedly a secret society for the highest ranking female members within the self-help group NXIVM, which apparently to outsiders, is just seen as a normal self-improvement group that offers classes to teach people how to live a successful and fulfilling life.
Ex-members of the group, however, told The New York Times that NXIVM actually is a cult for people at high levels of the group. Now, Daily Mail has revealed that a key spokesperson for the group is apparently Allison Mack. Per the report:
Ex-members have detailed how only the most loyal NXIVM female members are offered the ability to try out for DOS. In order to join, prospective new members must allegedly turn over damning personal information as a show of trust. But ex-members say that information is actually used to keep members from speaking out about the horrifying reality of the group.
DOS operates as a master-slave hierarchy, with Raniere at the top and Mack as his immediate subordinate. From there, Mack has several slaves of her own who are then ordered to recruit a group of slaves themselves, and it spreads down from there like a pyramid scheme.
Women in the group are allegedly kept on a 500- to 800-calorie a day diet because Raniere likes thin women and believes fat ‘interferes’ with his energy levels, Parlato claims.
It gets even weirder than that:
Slaves must immediately answer their masters any time they text or call them, and if they do not recruit enough slaves of their own, they are beaten with a paddle on their buttocks.
The Frank Report alleges that it was Mack who introduced corporeal punishment to the group.
When women are deemed worthy to enter the group, they are ordered to strip at an initiation ceremony and then branded with a symbol that includes both Raniere and Mack’s initials.
And here’s where Mack allegedly comes into play:
…there’s yet another tier of the cult above DOS. Women who perform well in DOS may also be invited to join Raniere’s harem.
Mack ‘has assumed the top position in the harem,’ the Report says.
‘Miss Mack has proven capable in the recruitment department replacing many aging harem members with younger, more nubile women,’ the Report says.
I know this is the Daily Mail! But look at Allison Mack’s website! pic.twitter.com/aRXXak7Qj4
— Kate Aurthur (@KateAurthur) November 9, 2017
NXIVM has previously released a statement, saying:
“The allegations relayed in the story are built upon sources, some of which are under criminal investigation or already indicted, who act as a coordinated group. We will explore any and all legal remedies to correct these lies.”
Twitter has gone off about the story, as it normally does about most everything:
I really can’t with people disbelieving the sex cult story because “it’s the Daily Mail though”. Yes, because Allison Mack is totally the name they’d pull out of thin air just for hits.
— Lily ? (@liliana_leigh) November 9, 2017
I can’t believe that Allison Mack, who played one of my favourite characters in #Smallville, Chloe Sullivan has done something like this. She always seemed like a genuinely good person … I guess she’s not but holy shit this is just horrible. https://t.co/lgJhAP8ckx
— Sonia (@asonia786) November 9, 2017
The Media: Men in Hollywood are such abusers.
Allison Mack: Hold my beer.
— Eric Leong (@ericjleong) November 9, 2017
If this is what Allison Mack is up to then good lord in heaven above WHAT IS KRISTEN KREUK UP TO?!?
— Melissa B. (@Buote) November 9, 2017
I share this with a heavy heart. Most of you know that Allison Mack has been involved with Nxivm for years, and openly calls Raniere her “mentor”. She declined to comment on the allegations in this article. https://t.co/3LbaDTgGw7
— AllisonMackWeb (@AllisonMackWeb) November 9, 2017
CW: Hey we’re bringing back classic DC show fan favorites as guests and characters and we think you
Allison Mack: No, No. I’ve got this other thing.https://t.co/XeBIh0jHXI
— Big Turkey Tim? (@bigmoneytim) November 9, 2017
So, Tom Welling is on Lucifer while Allison Mack…is running a sex cult?! https://t.co/blnQawXuHP
— Daniel Ben-Zvi (@DanBenZvi) November 9, 2017
This is absolutely disgusting. @allisonmack I wrote an essay on why you and chloe sullivan were my heros in the ninth grade.I take it all back.I’m so glad Hollywyood is caving in on itself #crazy #nevermeetyourheros https://t.co/xeiJP2N2Tt
— Brenna Kay O’Farrell (@Brenna_Kay_O) November 9, 2017
This Allison Mack news is really upsetting. I remember rumors back in the day she & Kreuk were in some weird cult, but they never picked up serious traction so I didn’t over think it. But to hear the level it has become…that’s disgusting.
— Magie (@Magpiez) November 9, 2017
Yeah I did some clicking around and apparently Kristen Kruek recruited Allison Mack into a creepy sex cult back in the day https://t.co/gHepVpW1I5
— Arthur Chu (@arthur_affect) November 9, 2017
I gave up hoping Allison Mack would leave that cult years ago. They recruited heavily in Vancouver, where Smallville filmed. Kristin Kreuk got her in. https://t.co/d2FMaKFUlR
— Marta Pelayo (@MsMartaD) November 9, 2017
This is so wild! ‘Smallville’s Allison Mack, who has always been known as a feminist and a supporter of women’s ri… https://t.co/QeQ8nsCGuF
— Luca Forzin (@Luca_Forzin) November 9, 2017
Don’t wanna sound mean but Allison Mack was always “a bit” weird. Her blog entries were always a bit odd.
— Nadia Costa (@nadiacosta) November 9, 2017
I confess when SMALLVILLE and VERONICA MARS were both on the air I would always get Kristen Bell and Allison Mack confused
I don’t think I’ll have that problem now
— Arthur Chu (@arthur_affect) November 9, 2017
These are some pretty bizarre things to be accused of, and definitely imply some serious abuse by the alleged sex cult. The news would be far more shocking had we not already just recently had bombshell allegations dropped against the likes of Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, Brett Ratner and Charlie Sheen.
Hollywood seems to be imploding by the minute, as each story like this comes to light. Hopefully, it will mark a much needed (and very obvious) change for the industry.