The Smallville TV show was a commercially successful superhero show that told tales of a young Superman before he donned the cape and tights, growing up in his earthly hometown. The show was launched on The WB on Tuesday, October 16, 2001, and ran for ten years until its finale on The CW on May 13, 2011. Smallville averaged 4.72 viewers across all ten seasons, though it decreased dramatically from an average of 6.41 million for season one to 2.56 million by its final season.
Before Supernatural entered into its eleventh season in the fall of 2015 on The CW, Smallville had surpassed Stargate SG-1 as the longest-running science fiction series on television.
The series has been remember for ushering in an era of DC Universe television series aired on The WB/The CW in the 2000s: the cancelled Birds of Prey (October 2002 — February 2003), current series Arrow (October 2016 — present) and The Flash (October 2014 — present), the rejected pilot for Aquaman (2006), the brand new Legends of Tomorrow (premiered in May 2016), Supergirl (October 2016 — present), and now Krypton, (March 2018 — present).
Now it will be remembered for casting Kristin Kreuk and Allison Mack , two actresses who have been allegedly working with a sex cult in Mexico that is accused of trafficking and branding unsuspecting female victims.
From the Dangerous article:
As beautiful young co-stars in the long-running, Superman-prequel TV series “Smallville,” their biggest problem was dealing with their odd young pal, Clark Kent. Then Kristin Kreuk and Allison Mack signed up for an upstate seminar run by self-help guru Keith Raniere, and they met a real-life super villain.
Raniere was arrested while on the lam in his $10,000-a-week Mexican villa this week, charged by federal prosecutors with running a violent sex-slave cult called NXIVM (pronounced nexium). Brunette Kreuk, who portrayed the young Superman’s love interest, Lana Lang, signed up, but got out before female acolytes began getting forcibly branded with cauterizing pens.
“Kreuk had come first, sometime around late 2005, early 2006,” said Frank Parlato, who first broke the story, in June, of women being forcibly branded as part of the NXIVM “sorority. Kreuk brought in Allison” soon afterward, said Parlato, who worked as the group’s publicist in 2007 and 2008.
Mack played Clark Kent’s starry-eyed blond pursuer, Chloe Sullivan. “Lana” and “Chloe” went from starring in the popular, sugar sweet CW series to starring as Raniere’s top sex-slave recruiters, said Parlato. “Allison was used, as was Kristen, as a lure to bring in other women because of their celebrity status,” he said.
Kreuk severed ties with the group in 2012, soon after the Albany Times Union wrote of allegations that Raniere had sex with underage girls. But Mack stayed on and, according to Parlato, helped come up with the idea of sizzling the “brand” into initiates’ skin, near their groins, as they were held down. About 2-by-2-inches, the mark combined Raniere’s initials, KR, with Mack’s, AM.
As reported by Vulture, Keith Raniere was a monster:
Raniere told young women that NXIVM (pronounced nex-e-um) was a self-help organization. Members were “slaves” who reported to “masters,” and worked to move up a ladder of enlightenment. They were also subject to ritual brandings and other humiliating practices, including losing weight in order meet Raniere’s standards of beauty and having sex with him. Officially, Albany-based NXIVM offers “Executive Success Programs Inc. — programs that provide the philosophical and practical foundation necessary to acquire and build the skills for success.” Many actors and actresses have enrolled in the courses over the years, including Kreuk.
Kristin Kreuk, for her part, denied the charges on her social media earlier this week.
— Kristin Kreuk (@MsKristinKreuk) March 29, 2018
According to a recent article by the Daily Beast, the victims were treated Nxivm horribly, like cattle almost:
Frank Parlato is a businessman who was accused by the Bronfman sisters of defrauding them in 2011. He’s gone on to publish information about Nxivm on his blog, The Frank Report, often citing anonymous ex-followers. According to Parlato, Mack helped form the secret sorority, otherwise known as DOS (Dominos Obsequious Sororium, which means Master Over the Slave Women), envisioning “a united group of women branded in the name of Mr. Raniere and Miss Mack—which will be a force for good, and a female force against evil.”
In 2017, The New York Times published a shocking report, substantiated by the testimonies of former members. One woman, Sarah Edmondson, claimed to have been branded during a Nxivm ritual. The Times reported that, “Each woman was told to undress and lie on a massage table, while three others restrained her legs and shoulders. According to one of them, their ‘master,’ a top Nxivm official named Lauren Salzman, instructed them to say: ‘Master, please brand me, it would be an honor.’”
“A female doctor proceeded to use a cauterizing device to sear a two-inch-square symbol below each woman’s hip, a procedure that took 20 to 30 minutes,” the article continued, “For hours, muffled screams and the smell of burning tissue filled the room.”
A text message Raniere allegedly sent to a female follower that was obtained by The New York Times acknowledged both the branding and its unique design, reading, “Not initially intended as my initials but they rearranged it slightly for tribute.” The ‘KR’ initials also, when inverted, spell the initials ‘AM.’
The New York Times also reported that the state police investigator “told Ms. Edmondson and two other women that officials would not pursue their criminal complaint against Nxivm because their actions had been consensual.”
And other Hollywood celebrities were also involved:
Dynasty star Catherine Oxenberg spoke with the Times as well—her daughter, India, had reportedly also been initiated into the top-secret “sorority.”
Before fleeing the country, Raniere wrote a letter in response to the Times’ expose, describing the sorority’s members as “thriving, health, happy” and “better off,” insisting that they “haven’t been coerced.”
Catherine Oxenberg isn’t the only minor celebrity to make an appearance in Raniere’s tangled web. Smallville fans were shocked to learn that Allison Mack, the Teen Choice Award-winning actress who played Chloe Sullivan on the CW series, is allegedly a “key recruiter” at Nxivm.
Mack is one of the women that can be seen panicking over Raniere in a leaked video clip of his arrest. According to prosecutors, the women that were reportedly living with Raniere in Mexico “chased the car in which the defendant was being transported in their own car at high speed.”
Here’s a recent testimonial for the cult, dubbed a “self-help” program, by Alison Mack:
Mack has not acted much since Smallville. In the bio of her blog, she says that, “Over the course of several years, Mr. Raniere mentored Allison in her study of acting and music. As such, she has developed a deep connection to the nature of humanity as it relates to acting as an art form, and a tool for personal evolution. In 2013, Mr. Raniere worked with Allison and a small group of equally skilled and dedicated professionals to develop a curriculum that is currently taught through a private arts academy, The Source. There Allison serves as president and is one of its top trainers.”
Nxivm’s official website currently reads,
“In response to the allegations against our founder, Keith Raniere, we are currently working with the authorities to demonstrate his innocence and true character.”
This horrifying story is sure to overshadow the success of the long running superhero show for years to come. We’ll update this story as more details come in.