In 2016, Mack wrote tweets to the Harry Potter actress and approached her regarding "amazing women's movement" she wanted to speak to the actress about, although she never mentioned Nxivm by name in her tweets.
Allison Mack put her best efforts to tell Kelly Clarkson and Emma Watson all about her self-help group Nxivm, which is surrounded by controversies. As such, her charges of sex trafficking, sex trafficking conspiracy, and conspiracy to commit forced labor could land her behind bars for the rest of her life.
After court Friday, Mack's lawyers didn't answer press questions like if she'd plead out.
A USA magistrate judge released Mack, known for her role in WB Television's "Smallville" series, after her parents agreed to put the family's Los Alamitos, California, home up as collateral and Mack, 35, agreed to live with her parents under house arrest. "I'd love to chat if you're open".
While Mack will be allowed to travel to California to live with her parents under home detention, she can otherwise only travel for court appearances and attorney visits (aside from pre-approved visits). She was also romantically involved with Raniere.
In a statement Friday, U.S. Attorney Richard P. Donoghue said that Mack recruited women for Raniere, and that the women were "exploited, both sexually and for their labor". Raniere sold himself as a self-improvement guru to the stars but in reality, according to prosecutors, turned female followers into brainwashed "slaves" who were branded with his initials and coerced into having sex. Among her tactics, prosecutors say, was presenting the cult "as a women's empowerment group or sorority", which concealed Raniere's involvement.
Federal officials say Mack and Raniere operated the sex cult in Albany. In exchange for this, Mack received financial and other benefits from Raniere.
According to prosecutors, the society was set up to empower and strengthen the women who joined it.
But in front of federal judge Viktor V. Pohorelsky Tuesday, Mack secured her release, by posting her parent's home where she grew up as a child as collateral, as well as a property she herself owns in upstate NY, her lawyers said.