Actress to get bail hearing in sex slave case

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- "Smallville" actress Allison Mack was arraigned on Friday at a federal courthouse in NY following her arrest on sex trafficking and conspiracy to commit forced labor charges as part an alleged sex cult, Fox News confirmed Friday.

Smallville actor Allison Mack has been arrested in connection with the alleged sex cult Nxivm and its leader, Keith Raniere. She is set to appear in a Brooklyn federal court later today. "The victims were then exploited, both sexually and for their labor, to the defendants' benefit". Raniere is reporteldy facing steep sentences if convicted of human trafficking.

FBI Assistant Director in Charge William F. Sweeney Jr. said in a press release concerning Mack's arrest, "As this pyramid scheme continues to unravel, we ask anyone who might have been a victim to reach out to us with information that may further our investigation".

Mack pleaded not guilty to the charges against her when arraigned on Friday afternoon before United States Magistrate Judge Cheryl Pollak.

Nxivm's founder, Keith Raniere, also known within the group as Vanguard, was also indicted on Friday. "This Office and our law enforcement partners are committed to prosecuting predators who victimize others through sex trafficking and forced labor".

Raniere and Nxivm have been the subject of criticism for years, dating back to at least 2012 when the Times Union of Albany published a series of articles examining the organization and allegations that it was like a cult.

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Until women recruited others, they were called "slaves".

Page Six reported Mack allegedly lured women into the cult and ordered them to have sex with Raniere and pose nude for photos.

Former NXIVM publicist Frank Parlato told Inside Edition that Mack is "completely enamored with Raniere and completely under his thrall".

Mack is reportedly Raniere's second-in-command and was caught on video objecting to his arrest in Mexico last month. Mack's Smallville co-star, Kristin Kreuk, was also named as a recruiter of the cult, a claim she has denied. Kreuk says she left NXIVM years ago and commended the women who exposed DOS.

Authorities have stated the 57-year-old - who is being held at a prison in Oklahoma without bail - had a "rotating group of 15-20 women with whom he had sexual relationships".

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