The star of the popular show Smallville, actress Kristin Kreuk, broke her silence Thursday to deny any allegations that she helped recruit "sex slaves" for the cult-like "women-only mentorship group" in New York. Kreuk's denial comes just days after the leader of the cult, Keith Raniere, was arrested on federal sex trafficking charges.
A criminal complaint filed Monday reveals that Raniere ran a pyramid scheme where male "masters" collected "collateral" to blackmail female participants in the group into sex or other favors. The "collateral" included information and photos of the women used as "sex slaves".
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Some of the cult's members were even branded with Raniere's initials signifying ownership of their bodies forever. "During the branding ceremonies, slaves were required to be fully naked, and the master would order one slave to film while the other held down the slave being branded," the complaint says.
Kreuk is best known for her role on the show "Smallville" and "Beauty and the Best" and she joined the cult in 2005. She has been linked to the mysterious group's activities as well as allegedly luring women into Dominus Obsequious Sororium (DOS) group with her celebrity status.
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"When I was about 23, I took an Executive Success Programs/NXIVM ‘intensive,’ what I understood to be a self-help/personal growth course that helped me handle my previous shyness, which is why I continued with the program. I left about five years ago and had minimal contact with those who were still involved," Kreuk said in a tweet Thursday.
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She goes on to say, "The accusations that I was in the ‘inner circle’ or recruited women as ‘sex slaves’ are blatantly false. During my time, I never experienced any illegal or nefarious activity. I am horrified and disgusted by what has come out about DOS."
Raniere also claims no wrongdoing and in a statement on the NXVIM website said, "Over the past months, there have been extensive independent investigations performed, by highly qualified individuals, and they have firmly concluded that there is no merit to the allegations that we are abusing, coercing or harming individuals."
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