Smallville actress Allison Mack appears in court on sex cult allegations

'Smallville' actress, alleged sex cult leader back in court

Mack, 35, only spoke to answer "yes" when the judge asked her if she understood the bail conditions when she was in court last time. Raniere is now being detained without bail at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn.

DOS, prosecutors say, is "an organized criminal group", structured like a pyramid, "with levels of "slaves" headed by 'masters.' Slaves are expected to recruit slaves of their own ... who in turn owe service not only to their own masters but also to masters above them in the DOS pyramid". Friday's court appearance is just one of many for both parties, who have been scheduled to appear in court again on June 12, according to Fox News.

Prosecutors have accused Raniere of running a secret society within his Albany-based organization Nxivm (pronounced "Nexium"), in which women were branded with his initials, put on extremely restrictive diets and ordered to have sex with him. Her house was searched by the Federal Bureau of Investigation after Raniere's arrest.

A superseding indictment could come in about a month, Assistant US Attorney Moira Penza told Judge Nicholas Garaufis. Along with the deal for Mack to be released under house arrest, Page Six reported that Mack's lawyers "have been in plea talks on the sex-trafficking and forced-labor conspiracy charges against her". Prosecutors say Raniere allegedly sold himself as a self-improvement guru to the stars.

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Each have mentioned they had been unaware of the alleged abuses. She has said she was turned off by it but her daughter remained a devotee. Agnifilo said he expected to prove that everything described by prosecutors was "utterly consensual".

She appeared alongside Keith Raniere, the leader of the group. She'll also be subject to electronic monitoring and restrictions on computer and cellphone use.

Attorneys for Raniere advised reporters they're desperate to go to trial and provides his facet of the story.

"There are well-known groups of men who brand themselves but a group of women decides to brand themselves and we assume that they're victims". "I think what you're going to see is that a lot of adult, strong-minded, free-willed women made decisions for their own lives and made their own choices and that's what the evidence is going to show soundly". Though they sat at the same long conference table inside the courtroom, surrounded by their many lawyers, Mack refused to look at Raniere, and repeatedly averted her eyes whenever he gazed in her direction. She and her lawyers did not comment to the media scrum outside.

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