Actress Recounts How Allison Mack Attempted to Recruit Her Into Keith Raniere's Allegedly Abusive NXIVM Sex Cult

Actress Samia Shoaib—who had small parts in The Sixth Sense, Sex and the City and a slew of other TV dramas—spoke out against former Smallville star and alleged NXIVM cult leader Allison Mack during a Thursday interview with Megyn Kelly. 

According to Shoaib, the two stars met at an audition for a television pilot in 2013. Mack, who was arrested last Friday on sex trafficking charges, attempted to recruit her into the abusive cult known for branding and blackmailing women. One of Mack's recruitment strategies appeared to be preying on vulnerable women, a tactic Shoaib described as "love bombing." 

"It was basically a process of mirroring me...So, we got close very quickly," Shoaib said on Megyn Kelly Today. "I was in a fairly vulnerable time. I had a traumatic experience and I was drinking too much, and I was looking for help with that." 

After Shoaib told Mack that Alcoholics Anonymous had too much "male energy," Mack began touting a feminist "alternative." This led to a dinner, during which Mack brought along a "friend." 

"I barely remember this woman because she was very quiet," Shoaib said of the so-called friend. "She seemed to be in awe of Allison, and somewhat under her control." 

Shoaib told Kelly she believes the quiet woman may have been India Oxenberg, whose mother went public with allegations that Oxenberg was under the control of cult leader Keith Raniere and Allison Mack.  Oxenberg—who is the granddaughter of Princess Elizabeth of Yugoslavia—is Mack's "slave," her mother said, and was reportedly groomed for sex with 57-year-old Raniere.

Mack, who was released on $5 million bond on Tuesday and is currently on house arrest, regularly touted NXIVM as a feminist group on her social media pages and in tweets to other celebrities, including Emma Watson. Her accounts have been silent since Raniere's arrest in Mexico in late March on sex trafficking charges.

"Allison Mack recruited women to join what was purported to be a female mentorship group that was, in fact, created and led by Keith Raniere," United States Attorney Richard Donoghue said in a statement announcing her arrest. "The victims were then exploited, both sexually and for their labor, to the defendants' benefit."

A former whistleblower for the group told Newsweek that Mack quickly rose through the ranks to become a leader because she was skilled at bringing in other attractive, wealthy women. If convicted, Mack faces 15 years to a term of life imprisonment. 

"If Allison is smart, she will get psychiatric help and tell the whole truth and the whole story and serve as a witness for the prosecution,” Frank Parlato, a former publicist for NXIVM, said. “When that is uncovered, it will be revealed that she was deeply influenced, deeply tortured and tormented, and then slowly became a torturer and tormenter herself.”

Allison Mack According to a criminal complaint, Keith Raniere ran a sex cult. Many suspect that “Smallville” actress Allison Mack may have been his No. 1 co-conspirator. YouTube/Keith Raniere Conversations

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