On Monday, prosecutors revealed Smallville star Allison Mack is in plea negotiations with the government over her alleged role in NXIVM sex-slave cult.
Less than a week after NXIVM leader Keith Raniere was charged with possession of child pornography and NXIVM co-founder Nancy Salzman pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy, a prosecutor revealed in Brooklyn federal court that Smallville veteran Allison Mack is one of three high-ranking members of the group actively engaged in plea negotiations. Keith Raniere and NXIVM benefactor Clare Bronfman would consequently be only two to stand trial should Allison Mack and the other two high-ranking members take pleas. As a result, Allison Mack, Salzman, and Russell could potentially act as turncoat witnesses against Raniere and Bronfman.
Mark Geragos, Bronfman’s attourney, predicted Allison Mack and the other two high-ranking members likely won’t be going to trial:
“I think at the end of the day it will be just Claire and Keith going to trial.”
One of the most bizarre cases in recent US legal history, the NXIVM members and Allison Mack are accused of allegedly forming and leading a sex cult ring.
Judge Nicholas Garaufis said he would proceed as if all the defendants, including Allison Mack, were headed to trial and their respective attorneys also stated they are still planning for a trial beginning April 29.
Allison Mack is best known for her portrayal as Chloe Sullivan, one of young Clark Kent’s closest friends, in The CW’s Smallville some years ago. It was first discovered early last year that the former Smallville actress was involved in the NXIVM sex cult. Allison Mack was also allegedly a ring leader of the cult and headed a secret master-slave group within NXIVM called, “DOS.” In the secret group, Allison Mack reportedly branded women with her and Keith Raniere’s initials, with the women apparently being forced to comply with their assigned masters.
In January, Federal Court Judge Nicholas Garaufis stated that he was concerned about the group’s defense fund. Allegedly Bronfman was paying the NXIVM members’ lawyer fees in order to guarantee a better defense for the group. Allison Mack returned to the courtroom to speak about this with Judge Garaufis and, although she recognized that there might be a potential conflict of interest during the trial, the Smallville star stated that she was satisfied with her attorneys nonetheless.
Source: Page Six
Top Actors To Replace Ben Affleck In Matt Reeves’ ‘The Batman’
Ben Affleck is officially out as Batman and it's a pretty sad day.
Words cannot describe how sad I am to see Ben Affleck announce that he's no longer Batman. His Batman is why I do what I do. In Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, I fell in love with his comic book-accurate interpretation of the Caped Crusader. It was a breath of fresh air and it felt like we finally had the one true Batman.
Three years have quickly sped by and we're officially going to receive a new Batman for his next movie. Last night, Ben Affleck announced that he will not return as the Dark Knight in Matt Reeves' The Batman and now everyone's attention has moved towards wanting to know who the next Bruce Wayne will be. Matt Reeves is said to want an actor that's around 20 years younger than Affleck while Warner Bros. wants someone older. My guess is that Reeves wants a fresh start while the studio wants an older actor for crossover potential.
In this list, I will discuss the actors I think can replace Ben Affleck as Batman using the parameters that Matt Reeves and Warner Bros. want. Hit Next to see our picks to play the Batman.
Michael Fassbender is an X-Men alum and no stranger to comic book franchises. The actor has shown multiple levels of range and could definitely handle the Batman/Bruce Wayne personality. If they go with the older range for the next Dark Knight, then Fassbender is probably one of the best choices to take over the role.
Ben Barnes is out of a job after The Punisher season 2 and he's one of the best actors in that series. The second season tied up Barnes' arc on The Punisher and the actor has already told us that that he'd love to play the Caped Crusader. Barnes definitely has the pretty boy look going on for him and I wonder what his take on Bruce Wayne could be.
I've said this before and I'll say it again: Ryan Gosling needs to star in a superhero movie. I've always thought Gosling would make a great Batman. Every role that he's done has shown us his capability and he could crush it as Bruce Wayne.
Jon Hamm is my top choice for an older Batman. If Warner Bros. wants to cast an older actor for crossover potential, Jon Hamm is the studio's best bet. He has a similar look to Ben Affleck, and c'mon, the guy's look just screams Bruce Wayne.
Armie Hammer is 32 years old and was cast as the Caped Crusader in George Miller's Justice League: Mortal. That film will never see the light of day, but that doesn’t mean that Hammer doesn't deserve a second shot at being the Batman. He's charming, broody and will probably give his all for this role. Armie Hammer is a great option because he's young enough for Matt Reeves and Warner Bros. could work in a way for him to crossover with the rest of the DC Extended Universe.
Game of Thrones alum Richard Madden is my top choice to replace Ben Affleck as Batman. The actor is young, has the look and definitely has the acting chops to play the duality of Batman and Bruce Wayne. Madden just won the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Television series for the BBC drama Bodyguard, so Warner Bros. may want to quickly snatch him up.