Several of Allison Mack’s “Smallville” co-stars are breaking their silence over the actress’ involvement in a purported self-help group that groomed followers into sex slaves.
Mack, who portrayed Chloe Sullivan on “Smallville” from 2001 to 2011, pleaded guilty in April to federal racketeering charges for her role within NXIVM as a high-ranking leader in DOS, a supposed women’s empowerment sorority.
NXIVM leader Keith Raniere – who sexually exploited members and branded his initials on their pubic area – was convicted of seven felonies in a New York federal court Wednesday, including forced labor conspiracy and sex trafficking charges.
A day later, Tom Welling, 42, addressed the case on Michael Rosenbaum’s podcast “Inside Of You,” revealing they were both shocked to learn of Mack’s role.
Allison Mack as Chloe Sullivan and Tom Welling as Clark Kent on "Smallville." (Photo: David Gray, XXX The WB)
“I didn’t know anything about it. … I was very surprised to read anything about it,” said Welling, who played Mack’s best friend, Clark Kent, on the hit CW show. “It’s sounds very bizarre. Allison was always a nice person around me.”
He added, “It’s also funny that people think that we would know, or that we would have some perspective on it.”
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Rosenbaum, who portrayed Lex Luthor, revealed that although he wasn’t close with Mack on “Smallville,” he didn’t believe she was capable of such a thing.
“And now, things have added up and … you’re sort of in the middle where you’re like, ‘Hey, I’ll always have love for Allison, but did this really happen?’ ” Rosenbaum, 46, said. “I don’t know what to say, other than if it’s true, it’s a tragedy.”
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Allison Mack leaves federal court after a hearing in her sex cult case in Brooklyn, New York, Feb. 6, 2019. (Photo: JUSTIN LANE, EPA-EFE)
Rosenbaum said he was aware that Mack was taking “part of, like, a self-help thing” when they were co-stars, although it’s not clear if he’s referring to NXIVM.
“I remember one time, maybe it was Allison who asked me or something and she was just like, ‘Hey, you should try coming to it,’ and I was like, ‘No. I don’t know. It’s not for me,’ ” he said.
Rosenbaum concluded: “We’re all figuring out what the deal is.”
Mack is due for sentencing in September. She faces up to 20 years for each charge.
“I believed Keith Raniere’s intentions were to help people, and I was wrong,” a teary Mack told a Brooklyn judge in April.
Contributing: Albany Bureau
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