Allison Mack: ‘Smallville’ Star Reportedly No Longer Under NXIVM Leader’s Spell After Guilty Plea

It seems that Smallville alum Allison Mack has broken free from NXIVM leader Keith Rainere’s influence and now planning to testify against him.

In a natural turn of events in the bizarre NXIVM case and after pleading guilty, Allison Mack is now able to testify against ring leader Keith Raniere after being finally freed from his influence. Speaking to Hollywood Life, Frank Parlato, former NXIVM publicist stated that after pleading guilty, Allison Mack’s mind has been finally freed from Raniere’s influence and can now carry on with her life:

“The spell has been broken for Allison. What I hear from my sources is that she’s no longer under Keith’s control. She’s still in the process of trying to come to terms with everything and I’m hearing she’s very bruised right now, but she has cut ties with Keith Raniere and she is now facing up to the ugly truth about him.”

Parlato reports that when he last saw Allison Mack and Keith Raniere together, she rejected him entirely in court:

“The last time she and Keith were in the same courtroom, just a few days before she entered her guilty plea, she refused to even make eye contact with him. She turned her body away; it was clear by her body language she did not want to even look at him.”

He also spoke about how he feels that Allison Mack truly repents from the damage she did while in NXIVM and that the Smallville alum knows the whole world’s eyes are on her at the moment:

“This is a traumatic time for Allison; she isn’t just facing the end of her life as she knows it, she’s doing it with the world watching. Here she was this beloved TV star with so many fans and now, she’s become ten times more famous for her involvement in NXIVM.”

Some weeks ago, Allison Mack pleaded guilty to one count of racketeering conspiracy and one count of racketeering (including extortion and forced labor) for her alleged time with NXIVM. Allison Mack is facing up to 20 years imprisonment and she’s currently under house arrest. She is set to testify against Raniere in the following weeks.

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. Alleged ring leader Keith Raniere, who was recently accused of possessing child pornography and holding a relationship with a minor, and Seagram heiress Claire Bronfman are also being prosecuted.

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.

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!

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.

Source: Hollywood Life

Top Actors To Replace Ben Affleck In Matt Reeves’ ‘The Batman’

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Batman Ben Affleck Matt ReevesBen 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

Michael Fassbender X-Men

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

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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.

Ryan Gosling

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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

Jon Hamm Mad Men

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

Armie Hammer The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

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.

Richard Madden

Richard Madden Bodyguard

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.

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