NY actress Allison Mack was arrested Friday on charges that she aided self-help guru Keith Raniere in running a secret society that enslaved women and branded them with his initials, federal prosecutors said.
Prosecutors said she helped recruit women for leader Keith Raniere and his cult-like organization called NXIVM.
As the women were being branded like cattle, Mack allegedly placed her hands on their chests and told them to "feel the pain" and to "think of [their] master", prosecutors say.
Authorities have long alleged Raniere led the secretive clan of female followers - including some Hollywood celebrities - and brainwashed them into "sex slaves". A bail hearing will be held Monday.
Raniere, who police arrested March 25 for forced labor and sex trafficking, is alleged to have lured women into joining his cult, blackmailed them with compromising photos, branded his initials into them, and forced them to be his sex slaves.
But "the victims were then exploited, both sexually and for their labor", according to federal prosecutors.
Mack, 35, has been charged with sex trafficking and conspiracy, according to the office of U.S. Attorney Richard Donoghue in Brooklyn.
Raniere, who is being held without bail after he was criminally charged last month, is a co-defendant in the indictment. She was arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, but as of this writing it's unclear what charges she faces.
Raniere left the U.S.in late 2017 after The New York Times published the accountsof numerous women who defected from Nxivm.
Raniere and Mack each face mandatory minimum sentences of 15 years' imprisonment and up to life imprisonment, according to the US Attorney's Office.
A statement on the NXIVM website reads: "In response to the allegations against our founder, Keith Raniere, we are now working with the authorities to demonstrate his innocence and true character". Other members also reportedly include former "Dallas" star Catherine Oxenberg's daughter India Oxenberg, wealthy Seagram's heiresses Sara and Clare Bronfman, and "Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li" star Kristin Kreuk.
Among those foes is Toni Natalie of the Rochester area, who dated Raniere for eight years prior to NXIVM's founding.
Kreuk severed ties with the group in 2012, soon after the Albany Times Union wrote of allegations that Raniere had sex with underage girls.