Scientology was cited during a recent defense from Smallville star Allison Mack’s lawyers to help her avoid unwarranted charges.
Smallville fans received some shocking news earlier this year when it was discovered that Allison Mack, who played Chloe on the show, was involved with a sex cult. Not only was she part of a sex cult, called NXIVM, but she was allegedly one of the ringleaders of the whole situation, along with group founder Keith Raniere. One of the charges that Raniere and the Smallville star are facing is charges of inducing forced labor to members of the cult.
This process allegedly involved members of the cult giving Mack nude photos and other personal information to ensure labor from the members but a recent report from Deadline reveals that Mack’s lawyers cited a 2009 case involving the Church of Scientology to defend the Smallville star against charges of inducing forced labor. This is what Mack’s lawyers had to say about the charges via court papers filed at the Brooklyn Federal Court.
“The government argues that Ms. Mack obtained forced labor through ‘threats of serious harm,’ with serious harm being the embarrassment that would result from the exposure of one’s collateral. Courts have found, however, that such an outcome, albeit embarrassing, does not amount to serious harm under the statute.”
This is what the court filing had to say in relation to the 2009 case involving the Church of Scientology.
“The court did not find the plaintiffs were compelled to remain in the organization even though, if they chose to leave, they would be ‘excommunicated’ from their friends and family and labeled a ‘dissenter’. The threat of reputational damage and isolation from loved ones therefore did not qualify as serious harm.
We’ll be sure to keep you updated on all news regarding the case as soon as more information becomes available. How do you feel about Allison Mack’s lawyers citing the 2009 Church of Scientology case? Let us know your thoughts on the topic in the comments below!
DC Universe Debuts ‘Doom Patrol’ Character Posters
Along with the premiere of the first teaser for Doom Patrol, DC Universe also debuted a collection of character posters for each of the members of perhaps the strangest team of characters to be adapted in live-action form for DC Comics.
In particular, these new character posters highlight Timothy Dalton's The Chief, Diane Guerrero's Crazy Jane, Joivan Wade's Cyborg, April Bowlby's Elasti-Woman, Matt Bomer's Negative Man and Brendan Fraser's Robotman. These posters each follow unique designs that reflect the nature of each character and tease unique personalities amongst the group as well.
You can start the gallery of new posters by clicking "Next".
Which of these Doom Patrol posters is your favorite? Are you excited to see what the cast brings to these roles? Sound off in the comments below, and be sure to continue following Heroic Hollywood for all the latest news in the DC Universe.
Doom Patrol is a reimagining of one of DC’s strangest group of outcast Super Heroes which includes: Matt Bomer as Larry Trainor/Negative Man, Brendan Fraser as Cliff Steele/Robotman, April Bowlby as Elasti-Woman, Diane Guerrero as Crazy Jane, Joivan Wade as Victor Stone/Cyborg and Timothy Dalton as Dr. Niles Caulder/The Chief.
Here is the synopsis for the show:
“Doom Patrol will find the reluctant heroes in a place they never expected to be, called to action by Cyborg, who comes to them with a mission hard to refuse, but with a warning that is hard to ignore: their lives will never, ever be the same.”
Doom Patrol will premiere on February 15, 2019 exclusively on DC Universe.