Published: Mon, May 07, 2018

'Smallville' actress Allison Mack in court for sex trafficking case

'Smallville' actress Allison Mack in court for sex trafficking case

Allison Mack and NXIVM founder Ketih Raniere appeared in Brooklyn federal court today.

According to prosecutor Moira Penza, there will be a superseding indictment.

The decide set a trial date of October 1 for Mack and Raniere. A follow-up status conference has been set for June 12, and Mack's lawyers are apparently petitioning that she not be ordered to appear.

Lawyer Paul DerOhannesian mentioned: "These had been adults who knew what they had been doing".

The actress, who is free on bail but under home detention, sat two chairs away from Raniere at the defense table, but there was no interaction. Both Mack and Raniere have been charged with sex trafficking, sex-trafficking conspiracy, and forced-labor conspiracy for their involvement in the alleged sex cult. Prosecutors say Raniere allegedly sold himself as a self-improvement guru to the stars.

Each have pleaded not responsible to fees they coerced ladies into becoming a member of a secret society inside the group and changing into Raniere's "intercourse slaves".

Penza said prosecutors were open to plea discussions with the defendants, but Agnifilo told reporters after the hearing that Raniere planned to go to trial.

Raniere is accused of running twisted workshops on the Nxivm compound, about 20 miles outside of Albany, which taught women about "the need for men to have multiple sexual partners and the need for women to be monogamous". Since the arrests, more and more women have come forward, detailing the horrific abuses they were subjected to. One of the most notable things coming from the court appearance is that more people may be facing charges.

The 59-year-old woman dated Raniere from 1991 to '99 and was only part of his cult in its nascent stages before she got out. She and her lawyers did not comment to the media scrum outside.

That means additional charges will be brought against not yet named individuals. As an alleged co-conspirator, she is also exposed to potential criminal liability in the case.

Actress Allison Mack, center, leaves court with her legal team at Brooklyn Federal Court, Friday May 4, 2018, in NY. Arrangements are being made for her to be on house arrest in California. The government stated that they will be filing a protective order for all materials discovered as they contain "a lot of sensitive victim information".

Nxivm - pronounced "Nexium" - billed itself as a self-help group and attracted many high-profile figures, including India Oxenberg, the daughter of "Dynasty" actress Catherine Oxenberg, and the son of former Mexican President Carlos Salinas.

"It's terrorism by litigation", Natalie, 59, said. "The Bronfman sisters have to be arrested".

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