NXIVM responds to founder Keith Raniere's arrest and alleged cult activity
- Author: Jacqueline Ellis Mar 31, 2018,
Mar 31, 2018, 7:40
A report from 2017 detailed these divisions by explaining, "DOS operates as a master-slave hierarchy, with Raniere at the top and Mack as his immediate subordinate..."
Kreuk starred as Lana Lang on the show Smallville, alongside Mack and Tom Welling who portrayed Clark Kent. Kreuk's character was the love interest of Clark throughout the majority of the show. Both actresses signed on with the sex cult in upstate NY. (Getty) Alleged cult co-founder Keith Raniere.
The pair were members of Keith Raniere's group NXIVM (pronounced nexium), in which women were forced to sleep with Raniere and forcibly branded near their groins, the New York Post reports. The newspaper said that Kreuk left in 2012 when the Albany Times Union printed allegations that the cult leader had sex with underage girls. He's been charged with sex trafficking and forced labor.
Creator and founder, Keith Raniere, is denying any lawlessness in the involvement with Mack and Kreuk.
Kreuk reveals that she was part of the weird "self-help group" (pronounced "Nexium") from 2006 to 2012, along with fellow Smallville star Allison Mack (who's still active in the group). Raniere wrote on the NXIVM website, stating, "These allegations are most disturbing to me as non-violence is one of my most important values".
A November investigation by the New York Times first exposed NXIVM and the DOS to a wider audience. Read her full post (below).
The website related to the group describes Raniere as a "scientist, mathematician, philosopher, entrepreneur, educator, inventor and author" who has "devoted his life to studying the human psychodynamic and developing new tools for human empowerment, expression and ethics". "The accusations that I was in the "inner circle" or recruited women as 'sex slaves" are blatantly false.
INSIDER reached out to Mack's listed talent representative, but they did not immediately respond.
According to Kreuk - now starring in CBC drama "Burden of Truth" - she was 23 when she took what she understood to be a "self-help/personal growth course that helped me handle my previous shyness, which is why I continued with the program".
In fact, Kreuk says she is "horrified and disgusted by what has come out about DOS". Mexican officials took Keith Raniere into custody in Puerta Vallarta, where he fled past year.