Nxivm, pronounced Nexium, was started by Keith Raniere, who was arrested in Mexico on Monday, March 25, on sex trafficking charges. Authorities now believe the group is a cult which brands women with Raniere and Mack's initials and forces them into sex slavery.
Kreuk set the record straight on Thursday, insisting she had no involvement in a secretive subgroup within NXIVM called "Dominus Obsequious Sororium", (DOS) in which women were allegedly coerced into serving as sex slaves to their male masters.
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".
After it was reported that NXIVM's leader, Keith Raniere was arrested in Mexico, it has alluded that Mack's arrest was inevitable. But since leaving five years ago, Kreuk says she has had "minimal contact" with current members. I am deeply disturbed and embarrassed to have been associated with NXIVM. The group's founder, Raniere, allegedly dominated numerous women, controlling what they ate and making them perform sexual favors on him.
"Thank you to all of the courageous women who have come forward to share their stories and expose DOS; I can't imagine how hard this has been for you", Keruk's statement continued.
Mack, who played Chloe Sullivan on Smallville for many years, is reportedly a top official and recruiter in the cult, and is even said to have been the one to institute corporal punishment for "slaves" who "do not recruit enough slaves of their own". During my time, I never experienced any illegal or nefarious activity.
The New York Post said that Mack and Kreuk used their fame from Smallville to lure women into joining DOS. Sweeney further detailed disturbing facts, saying, "Keith Raniere displayed a disgusting abuse of power in his efforts to denigrate and manipulate women he considered slaves". The newspaper said that Kreuk left in 2012 when the Albany Times Union printed allegations that the cult leader had sex with underage girls.
In fact, Kreuk says she is "horrified and disgusted by what has come out about DOS".
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