There is always the argument of separating the artist from the art. Artists, whether they are writers, directors, painters, or even actors, always put something of themselves into what they are creating. Now personally, I can separate art from the artist and enjoy whatever I am viewing, reading, or playing. This story, however, tests that argument quite a bit. It has been rumored for some time that Smallville star Allison Mack was involved with the self-help group Nexium, aka NXIVM. Amongst the widespread Weinstein effect, reports came out that Mack was one of its highest members, was responsible for recruiting women into the group, and – more or less – pimped them out. NXIVM was reported to really be a cult that branded women and trafficked them as sex slaves.
Even more surprising, Mack’s Smallville co-star Kristin Kreuk was the one who brought her into the organization.
NXIVM was led by Keith Raniere, who presented NXIVM as self-improvement, both professionally and personally through a series of seminars and life-coaching. Raniere has since been arrested by authorities in Mexico for sex trafficking and a whole bunch of other charges as well.
While Kreuk left the organization in 2012 after reports of Raniere sexually preying on underage girls surfaced, Mack stuck around and it looks like she might be the next one taken down. Reports state that both actresses rose through a women-only section of the group and were used to recruit new members into the organization, most likely due to the popularity of the Superman show.
Frank Parlato, a former publicist of NXIVM, has worked to expose the true intentions and meaning of the group for years now. He spilled details, stating that Mack did stay onboard, and even came up with the idea of branding girls near their groins while being held down.
NXIVM, of course, denied all the charges brought against Raniere, which Parlato posted on his own website. Parlato quoted the Department of Justice press release about the arrest, which stated that Raniere…
…allegedly participated in horrifying acts of branding and burning them, with the cooperation of other women operating within this unorthodox pyramid scheme.
He even went on to talk more about how Mack’s role in the cult changed over time.
She started as a slave and she became a slave master. Her nickname among defectors is ‘Pimp Mack.’
Kreuk has since broken her silence on the organization in a tweet:
— Kristin Kreuk (@MsKristinKreuk) March 29, 2018
What are your thoughts on the news? Are these allegations credible or completely false? Let us know in the comments!