Federal court judge Nicholas Garaufis has ordered the six indicted members of the sex cult NXIVM to appear back in court in an upcoming trial. This includes former Smallville actress Allison Mack.
The Smallville star, who portrayed Chloe Sullivan as a series regular for the entire 10 season run is due to make a court appearance on Wednesday. Allison Mack, along with NXIVM cult leader Keith Raniere continue to face legal issues regarding sex trafficking as a result of allegedly running a master-slave sex ring.
The legal battle with the Smallville actress and her fellow NXIVM Raniere, Seagram’s liquor heiress Clare Bronfman, Lauren Salzman, Nancy Salzman, and Kathy Russell has raged one for over a year and according to a recent report from last week, the former cult members are displeased with each other.
Prosecutors involved with the trial have claimed that the NXIVM defense fund that was set up by Bronfman could be used as a means to coerce others involved. Susan Necheles, who serves as Bronfman’s attorney claims that the fund’s structure deems coercion impossible. According to Judge Garaufis, about 25 percent of the undisclosed amount of money in the fund remains, and will likely run out before the trial.
The Salzman duo, who is facing charges in racketeering and Russell, who is facing identity theft charges will appear in court on Thursday and Friday, with opening statements set for April 29.
This new update is just one of many that have appeared during the bizarre trial, including a recent attempt to use Scientology as an example for why some of the issues cited with NXIVM during the trail should be considered unwarranted. Given how long this trial has gone on for, that isn’t exactly a surprise either but it definitely gives fans an intriguing peek behind the curtain for what’s going on behind-the-scenes of the trial. As the trial with Smallville‘s Allison Mack continues, there doesn’t seem to be any signs of it slowing down anytime soon.
We’ll be sure to keep you updated on all news regarding Allison Mack and the NXIVM trial as soon as more information becomes available. What’s your opinion on the shocking trial involving the Smallville actor and this bizarre sex cult’s practices? What are some of your most notably shocking revelations regarding an actor or celebrity involved with a comic book property aside from Allison Mack? Let us know your thoughts and concerns regarding the story in the comment section below!
Source: New York Post
Suicide Squad Characters That Can Appear In The James Gunn Sequel
James Gunn is directing The Suicide Squad for Warner Bros. but that comes at a cost.
When the first Suicide Squad was about to hit theaters DC fans were completely ecstatic. The trailers looked great and the feel of the movie was much different than the darkness that preceded it in Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. This movie was expected to be one of DC's biggest hits and it turned out to be one of the biggest let-downs of all time.
Suicide Squad was bad and its reviews reflected that. It was one of the only movies I've ever been upset at and it made me want to leave the theater. A sequel was announced because the film did well at the box office, going through a number of drafts until James Gunn was brought on to write it. With James Gunn now officially set to direct The Suicide Squad, it looks like the film will be a bit of a soft reboot.
Last night was a bit of a DC maelstrom of news. We got the release dates and official titles of Matt Reeves' The Batman and James Gunn's The Suicide Squad. Both movies will be hitting theaters in Summer 2021. Throughout all of the chaos a small tidbit surfaced about The Suicide Squad: the James Gunn-directed film will be some sort of relaunch with new characters and actors. Here are the characters I think James Gunn should introduce in his Suicide Squad movie. Hit Next to view all of my choices.
Warner Bros. and DC may want to reboot Suicide Squad, but it would be seriously dumb for them to recast Amanda Waller. Viola Davis was one of the saving graces of the first film and bringing her back is the smart thing to do. Amanda Waller is the one that puts the group together and she shouldn't be changed due to a new director.
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II made his debut as Black Manta in Aquaman and he didn’t get much screen time. The Suicide Squad is the best place for Black Manta to receive some character development and for audiences to see him grow as a villain. Black Manta is a main squad member in the New 52 and I think James Gunn could do the character justice.
Another bright spot from the first film: Will Smith as Floyd Lawton, a.k.a. Deadshot. Will Smith is one of the most famous actors of all time and throughout every review of Suicide Squad his character shines. His charisma and screen presence dominated the film. Not bringing Smith back would be sabotaging the sequel as fans will expect the actor to return following his great performance.
Joe Manganiello made his debut as Deathstroke in the post-credits scene of Justice League. His character wasn't as eager for a team-up as Lex Luthor, but we could see the assassin enroll in the Suicide Squad. It could be great for Manganiello as his Deathstroke film has been put on the back-burner.
This character is unlikely to show up in The Suicide Squad as she's being heavily utilized in The Flash series on The CW. But, if James Gunn does get his hands on Killer Frost, I guarantee the character will not be a complete shitshow like in the series. Hopefully the director can make Killer Frost as villainous as possible.
Poison Ivy will definitely return to the big screen. Pamela Isley made her big screen debut in Batman & Robin with Uma Thurman playing the character and while that film is so campily terrible, fans are looking forward to a modern take on the iconic DC Comics villain. Poison Ivy is rumored to be part of a Gotham City Sirens film and a rumored Birds of Prey versus The Gotham City Siren project. Ivy could definitely make her DC Extended Universe debut in The Suicide Squad and then return for more movies.
King Shark was supposed to be in the first Suicide Squad, but ultimately didn't make the cut. The concept art of the character shows the cold-blooded amphibious mutant in a Hawaiian shirt looking like a totally monstrous shark. If James Gunn does decide to utilize this character it would be fun to see what he does on screen.
Bronze Tiger was heavily featured in the first half of Arrow season 7. He was a major help to Oliver Queen during his tenure in prison. But Arrow hasn't done a very accurate version of Bronze Tiger and The Suicide Squad could be the first place we get to see Ben Turner really let loose.
Bane is an interesting choice to join The Suicide Squad. He is a member in the comics and even the first film had some concept art featuring his mask. Fans are clamoring for Guardians of the Galaxy star Dave Bautista to join the film as the iconic Batman villain, having the actor reunite with James Gunn.
Kristen Wiig will make her debut as infamous Wonder Woman villain Cheetah in 2020's Wonder Woman 1984. Maybe after the film, Cheetah gets locked up by A.R.G.U.S. and joins the Squad in present day. It would be great to see Wiig's character be explored more in future films.