NXIVM responds to founder Keith Raniere's arrest and alleged cult activity

Another Smallville actress, Kristin Kreuk, has now been linked to the alleged sex cult called "NXIVM", and now, she's breaking her silence about her involvement.

Nxivm, pronounced Nexium, was started by Keith Raniere, who was arrested in Mexico on Monday, March 25, on sex trafficking charges.

The Justice Department began a federal investigation of NXIVM in December after The New York Times reported that DOS, a women's only group within NXIVM, was a "secret sorority" that brainwashes members, puts them on starvation diets and beats them if they don't recruit enough "slaves".

Kristin Kreuk, 35, released a statement Thursday on her official Twitter account refuting rumors that she participated in wrongdoing while a member of the upstate New York-based self-help organization from 2005 until 2012.

Mack, who played Chloe Sullivan on "Smallville", is believed to be second-in-command to Raniere. "For months, I have worked to expose Keith Raniere and NXIVM and today's arrest vindicates my efforts".

Kreuk got out in 2012, but Mack remained, even chasing after the police auto following Raniere's arrest.

Kreuk remained silent when the accusations first made headlines but now, the actress has taken to her social media page to speak about her involvement in the alleged cult and maintain her innocence. Sarah Edmondson, a Canadian actress who has spoken openly about her experience trying to leave the cult, supported Kreuk's statement. The group's founder, Raniere, allegedly dominated numerous women, controlling what they ate and making them perform sexual favors on him.

She claims she got involved with Nxivm to deal with her "previous shyness" but "never experienced any illegal or nefarious activity".

According to the complaint, Raniere - known within the group as "Vanguard" - oversaw a barbaric system in which women were told the best way to advance was to become a "slave" overseen by "masters".

"Thank you to all 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". Kreuk left the cult, but Mack stayed on. According to Mack's own website, Raniere was a mentor to her for years and the two of them went on to found The Source, a program for actors operating under the NXIVM umbrella.

Authorities said that Ranier's group was financed by Clare Bronfman, an heiress to the liquor company Seagram.

The Albany Times Union said that Mack is identified in the NY complaint against Ranier as an "unnamed co-conspirator".


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