Former “Smallville” actress Alaina Huffman thoroughly remembers her co-star Allison Mack touting NXIVM, the controversial self-help group that many believe was actually a sex cult in upstate New York.
In fact, Alaina said Allison invited her to join the group several times.
“As a young woman, 27, 28, on ‘Smallville,’ Ally was a couple of years younger than me and here she was flourishing, very well put together, a really peppy and independent woman,” Alaina told Page Six. “She invited me a few times to some of these events and for whatever reason, I never made it maybe because I was married and had kids and I might have had something else that grounded more than I needed that kind of grounding but I can understand the appeal.”
Allison, who won two Teen Choice Awards for her role as Clark Kent’s sidekick Chloe Sullivan on “Smallville, made no secret of her NXIVM beliefs, and she even spoke openly on the set about her plans to move to Albany, New York, where the group was headquartered, Alaina recalls.
Allison was high in the NXIVM food chain. Within NXIVM was a secretive group called DOS, which stood for “dominus obsequious sororium,” which is Latin for “master over the slave women. Allison quickly became a”key recruiter” for DOS, multiple reports and documentaries show.
Women who were part of DOS were allegedly forced to become “slaves” to the their masters. These “slaves” were required to provide “collateral,” often in the form of nude photographs, to prove their loyalty to their “master.” They were also reportedly required to seduce NXIVM founder Keith Raniere, who’s initials were also branded on the women (many claim Allison’s initials can also be found in the brand.)
Alaina, who starred in “Supernatural,” said Allison wasn’t the only actress to try and recruit her to NXIVM. Former member Bonnie Piesse, who had a role in “Star Wars,” also implored her to join.
“We went out for dinner and she was like, ‘Oh, you’ve got to come to this group,'” Alaina recalled. “I said, ‘Oh yeah, I know it from Ally.'”
Bonnie later left the group and joined other former members on a crusade to take NXIVM down. She and her husband, filmmaker Mark Vicente, are prominently featured on HBO’s “The Vow,” which centers on the group, which had deep ties in the entertainment industry.
Public interest in NXIVM has been peaked recently due to “The Vow” and Starz’s “Seduced,” which is produced by India Oxenberg, who was a part of DOS. India is the daughter of “Dynasty” star Catherine Oxenberg.
On Oct. 28, the Oxenbergs celebrated as Keith, NXIVM’s founder, was sentenced to 120 years in prison for sex trafficking and other crimes, all of which stem from his leadership of NXIVM.
Last year, Allison pleaded guilty to racketeering and conspiracy charges, including extortion and forced labor, for her role in NXIVM. She is awaiting her sentencing.