To outsiders, NXIVM is just a run-of-the-mill self-improvement group, offering classes that teach the answers to living a successful and fulfilling life.
But ex-members told the Times that NXIVM functions as a cult for people at the high levels of the group, who have dedicated themselves full-time to founder Keith Rainere and his teachings.
On Wednesday, a former spokesman for the group, Frank Parlato, told The Sun that an 'Emmy Award-winning actress' is a 'key recruiter' for DOS.
While The Sun did not name the actress, DailyMail.com can reveal that she is Allison Mack, who played Clark Kent's sidekick Chloe Sullivan on the long-running CW series Smallville.That makes me a little suspicious. Is this real, or is Parlato making this up to cover up his own crimes? I wonder how much money is involved?
Parlato goes into further detail about Mack's role in the group on his blog, The Frank Report, which has been publishing information on the group's inner-workings.
(Parlato says he was fired after one year when Raniere caught him investigating the company's financial records. He has been locked in a legal battle with both Raniere and two Bronfman heiresses who are members of the group, the later of whom claim he defrauded them).
The Frank Report claimed that Mack created DOS with the intention of turning it into a worldwide organization that would be a 'force for good and a female force against evil'.Well sure, then branding and 500 calorie diets make eminent sense . . .
DOS operates as a master-slave hierarchy, with Raniere at the top and Mack as his immediate subordinate. From there, Mack has several slaves of her own who are then ordered to recruit a group of slaves themselves, and it spreads down from there like a pyramid scheme.
Mack has not been secretive about her work with Raniere.Wombat-socho has "Rule 5 Sunday: Thanksgiving Edition" up and ready for action.
On her personal website, she details how Raniere 'mentored [her] in her study of acting and music' over the course of several years.
'As such, she has developed a deep connection to the nature of humanity as it relates to acting as an art form, and a tool for personal evolution,' the website states.
She also boasts that they partnered together in 2013 on a project to develop a curriculum taught in a private arts academy.
In a widely-circulated interview with Raniere, Mack is actually the woman asking the questions. In the video, she beams at Mack as he espouses his ideas.