Smallville Star Allison Mack Faces More Charges For Role in Sex Cult

Clare Bronfman 39 a senior member of Nxivm could face up to 20 years in jail

Clare Bronfman 39 a senior member of Nxivm could face up to 20 years in jail

The heiress to the massive Seagram's liquor fortune was arrested Tuesday as part of an ongoing federal criminal case involving a secretive self-help group authorities have described as an abusive sex-cult-like organization.

Clare Bronfman, 39, a daughter of the late billionaire philanthropist and former Seagram chairman Edgar Bronfman Sr., surrendered to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and pleaded not guilty to racketeering charges.

Actress Allison Mack arrives at the United States Eastern District Court for a bail hearing in relation to the sex trafficking charges filed against her on May 4, 2018, in Brooklyn.

On Tuesday afternoon, Bronfman was set to be arraigned in a Brooklyn federal court while NXIVM employee Russell, NXIVM president Nancy Salzman and daughter Lauren Salzman were to appear in federal court in Albany. In an interview with The New York Times prior to her arrest, Mack acknowledged that members of the sub-society used the terms "slave" and "master" and ordered each other to engage in acts of self-denial, but she said it was all done to further self-discipline and self-empowerment.

Bronfman is being accused of identity theft for allegedly helping Raniere monitor the electronic communications of his perceived enemies and critics, and for allegedly helping Raniere charge expenses to his sexual partner's credit cards after she died in 2016.

The arrest of Bronfman, who has always been affiliated with NXIVM, wasn't a surprise.

Actress Allison Mack departing a NY court after a bail hearing in relation to the sex trafficking charges filed against her in May.

Bronfman's lawyer, Susan Necheles, maintains her client's innocence.

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The other two arrestees - her daughter Lauren Salzman and the organization's bookkeeper Kathy Russell - stayed back in jail in Albany because they didn't meet their bail conditions.

All three were released on bail without entering pleas.

Keith Raniere, the former head of NXIVM, and Allison Mack, best known for playing a teenage friend of Superman in the CW network's "Smallville", pleaded not guilty to conspiracy charges contained in a revised indictment unsealed earlier in the week. Women were also expected to be subservient to "masters", prosecutors said, including giving in to demands for sex.

In earlier court filings, the government detailed how Bronfman gave away tens of millions of dollars of her fortune to support Raniere and his group, including paying for private air travel at a cost of $65,000 per flight.

Bronfman is a daughter of the late billionaire philanthropist and former Seagram chairman Edgar Bronfman Sr.

Bronfman, a former competitive equestrian, has always been associated with Raniere and Nxivm.

Bronfman's among supporters of a group called NXIVM (NEHK'-see-uhm) charged with racketeering conspiracy. Bronfman is free after posting a $100 million bond.

The new charges add a weird twist to a sensational case that generated headlines with the April arrest of Allison Mack, 35, an actress who allegedly recruited slaves for Raniere. In their court papers, the defense lawyers have said the alleged victims of the group were never abused, and were in fact "independent, smart, curious adults" searching for "happiness, fulfillment and meaning".

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