Actress Allison Mack — best known for playing Clark Kent's friend Chloe Sullivan on the TV show Smallville — has made headlines recently for her involvement in an alleged sex cult masquerading as a self-help group called NXIVM. The group, founded by a man named Keith Raniere, was first exposed in a New York Times feature last year.
But then, Frank Parlato, a former spokesman for NXIVM, claimed in his blog that Allison was second in command. In fact, he stated that she’s been running a sorority within the cult called DOS, that brands women, presides over them like they’re slaves, and recruits top performers for Keith’s harem! Believe it or not, Allison admitted to the branding, and even took credit for the horrifying idea! Keep reading for more info on the 35-year-old's life now.
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Where is Allison from?
She was born to American parents in West Germany, where her father was performing as an opera singer. The family, including Allison’s older brother and younger sister, moved back to the US when she was two years old, settling in Long Beach, CA.
What TV shows and movies has Allison appeared in?
She was a child star, acting from the age of four in commercials, and later appearing in ‘90s family flicks like Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves and Camp Nowhere. She’s best known for her role on Smallville, but she’s been on a number of successful series like 7th Heaven, The Following alongside Kevin Bacon, and FX’s Wilfred with Elijah Wood.
How did she get involved with the alleged cult?
On her personal site, Allison explains that alleged cult leader Keith Raniere has been her mentor for many years. After Smallville, she was studying theater when she came across his “unconventional” work. She was so impressed, she sought him out to help in her study of acting and music. In 2013, they created a curriculum together that is taught by Allison and others at private arts academy The Source. She says the program “provides a unique toolset and innovative exercises to increase one’s mastery of the art of compassion, utilizing the disciplines of acting and expression.”
Is she married?
Allison dated actor Chad Krowchuk from 2008 to 2010. She was then engaged to fellow Smallville star, Sam Witwer, in 2013, though they reportedly called it off a year later. She now appears to be single, posting photos with family and friends on social media.
Is she still acting?
Her last on-camera acting role was in 2015 on Showtime’s American Odyssey, though she did do some voice work last season on Amazon’s animated series, Lost in Oz. Don’t rule out a return to TV, though — when a fan suggested she reunite with former co-stars Justin Hartley and Milo Ventimiglia on This Is Us, she replied, “I would love that!!”
How much is she worth?
Celebrity Net Worth reports that Allison is currently worth $7 million, thanks to her many acting roles through the years.
Has she responded publicly to the scandal?
Allison’s spokesperson originally told the press that she won’t be addressing the story, but she did seem to allude to the reports with an Instagram post quoting Harriet Tubman. It reads, “If you hear the dogs, keep going. If you see the torches in the woods, keep going. If there’s shouting after you, keep going. Don’t ever stop. If you want a taste of freedom, keep going.”
Well, on May 30, The Times released a second piece, one where she actually talked to them, boldly and proudly taking responsibility for harming women with the cauterizing pen. “I was like: ‘Y’all, a tattoo? People get drunk and tattooed on their ankle ‘BFF,’ or a tramp stamp. I have two tattoos and they mean nothing,'” instead, Allison suggested that the women being inducted into DOS do something more meaningful that "took guts" to prove their loyalty.
Allison is still loyal to NXIVM, saying that she sought out Keith in hopes he could “make her a great actress again." She says she happily recruited other women because she felt so great about it. “I found my spine, and I just kept solidifying my spine every time I would do something hard."
Could she be in legal trouble?
After news of the branding broke, a federal investigation was opened against Keith and Allison, and both were arrested for sex trafficking. Allison is now out of jail on $5 million bail, but she's certainly in legal trouble.