Allison Mack, the Smallville star fighting sex trafficking charges after being accused of helping run a cult-like "self-help" group, received somewhat of a reprieve Tuesday from a federal judge, who agreed to let Mack be released to her parents' custody on a $5 million bond, NBC News and CNN report. The 35-year-old actress won't be allowed to leave her parents' California home unless it's to meet with attorneys or head to court, or other approved reasons; she'll have to wear an electronic ankle bracelet; and she's prohibited from going online or using her cellphone. She's also barred from having contact with either former or current members of Nxivm, the group she's accused of leading along with Keith Raniere, who was also indicted last week. At her bail hearing in Brooklyn, more details on Mack's alleged involvement with Nxivm and Raniere emerged, per the Daily Beast.
Mack is accused of "using force, fraud, and coercion to recruit and maintain DOS slaves, and instructing those slaves to engage in sexual acts with Raniere, among other assignments," the US attorney notes in legal documents. Mack allegedly helped recruit and "groom" the so-called slaves for sex with Raniere, and at least one woman, referred to as "Jane Doe 1," was told to have sex with him at Mack's direction. In return for this, Mack allegedly "received financial benefits … [and] financial opportunities from Raniere," the documents add. Meanwhile, Fox News reports on a resurfaced YouTube video from 2013 in which Mack gushes about her "women's empowerment group." "I want to be remembered for my compassion and my passion," she says in the video. (Mack sent messages to stars Emma Watson and Kelly Clarkson perhaps meant to recruit them into Nxivm.)