Hollywood moves fast, because The Hollywood Reporter says that Annapurna Television has optioned the rights to a 2017 exposé published by The New York Times about self-help group-turned-sex cult NXIVM and its founder (and self-titled Vanguard) Keith Raniere, and will be turning it into a series.
Last Friday, Allison Mack – formerly of Smallville – was arrested in Brooklyn, New York on sex trafficking charges stemming from her involvement in NXIVM. Anyone else being held in jail with Allison Mack can let out a sigh of relief, because the chance they’ll wake up to find her crazy eyes staring back at them, asking “Would you like to reach executive success?” has been dropped to zero percent.
According to NBC News, Allison was released yesterday on a $5 million bond. The previous day she pled not guilty to charges of sex trafficking and forced labor stemming from her activity as NXIVM’s number two under Keith Raniere. A judge refused to release her from detention at the time, saying her lawyers failed to offer a “sufficient” bail package related to how serious the charges were. Someone decided that $5 million was the magic number. Her mother Melinda Mack was present yesterday to co-sign on the $5 million bond.
Allison has been released to her parents in Rossmore, California, where she has been placed on house arrest. She’s only allowed to travel to the southern district of New York for her court appearances. Sources from inside the courtroom claim that Allison Mack looked emotionless and wasn’t crying.
Allison is due back in court on May 26th. She’s rumored to be negotiating a plea deal. I just hope that a NXIVM member doesn’t use that opportunity to usurp Allison’s position as the #2 and start recruiting using that $5 million bond as lure. “Why slave away at a 9-to-5 job when you could learn the secrets of NXIVM’s success and make so much money, you could easily make a $5 million bond”
Allison Mack, who used to be known as the harmless unflavored microwave oatmeal blonde from Smallville and is now known as the alleged sex slave recruiter for a cult called NXIVM, is currently sitting in a NYC jail cell on sex trafficking and forced labor charges. Allison pleaded not guilty to the charges, and she and the leader of the sex slave cult, Keith Raniere, are both facing a life locked up in the clink forever. Allison is apparently looking to cut a plea deal with the feds (translation: Bitch is ready to spill it and turn on her former sex slave master), and as she does that, more bits of chunky messy details are popping up in this giant bowl of thick fuckery.
Last Friday, Allison Mack made any future Smallville reunions awkward when she was arrested in Brooklyn, New York for her involvement in NXIVM, a sex cult masquerading as a self-help group. She was arrested less than a month after NXIVM’s leader, Keith Ranier (aka “Vanguard“), was arrested in Mexico for sex trafficking. Just like Keith did, Allison pleaded not guilty to sex trafficking.
Here’s a “Where are they now?” that no one probably saw coming back in the early 2000s. But this is definitely the sort of update that is bound to make Entertainment Weekly consider scratching Smallville off their list of future TV teen drama reunion covers.