US actress charged for sex trafficking


MNA Entertainment Desk: New York actress Allison Mack was arrested on charges that she recruited women into a secret society led by self-help guru Keith Raniere in which they were forced to have sex with Raniere and were branded with his initials.

Mack, known for her role in the WB Television series “Smallville,” was charged with sex trafficking and conspiracy in an indictment unsealed on Friday.

Mack, 35, pleaded not guilty at a brief hearing in federal court in Brooklyn before U.S. Magistrate Judge Cheryl Pollak.

Pollak declined to release Mack on bail, but said Mack might be released at a future hearing if she could offer “significant property” to secure her bail. A second hearing is scheduled for Monday.

Raniere, 57, was arrested last month and charged with sex trafficking. He is being held without bail.