Mack was indicted on April 19 on charges of sex trafficking, sex trafficking conspiracy and forced labor conspiracy in New York federal court. She appeared before Magistrate Viktor V. Pohorelsky at the Brooklyn courthouse in New York’s Eastern District.
The expectation is that Mack is cutting a deal with prosecutors to provide information against Nxium founder Keith Raniere, who was arrested last month in Mexico and remains in federal custody. A bail hearing for Raniere is set for next week.
Her mother, Melinda Mack, was in court and put up her home in Los Alamitos, Calif. as collateral for the bail, in addition to property and a bank account owned by Allison Mack. The actress accused of helping run a secretive sex cult appeared in court in gray-green jail garb. She spoke softly in court and did not make eye contact with her mother during the bail hearing.
Mack was not handcuffed but she kept her hands clasped behind her back during the 15 minute hearing. She said few words during the hearing but nodded repeatedly.
She was released under home detention, to be served at her parents’ home in Los Alamitos. The conditions of her bail allow her to travel to Southern California and to the New York City area where her criminal attorneys are based. Mack’s father, opera singer Jonathan Mack, was not in court but is obligated to co-sign her bail collateral arrangement by May 4. The judge instructed Allison Mack not to associate with anyone connected to the Nxium cult-like organization that is the source of the sex trafficking charge she faces. .
Before the hearing, prosecutors and Mack’s attorneys huddled on an agreement to severely restrict Mack’s ability to access the internet and online communications. The side agreed to conditions that she would have access to a phone that would limit her to reviewing emails only from her lawyers.
Mack’s mother and attorney refused to comment to reporters as she left the Brooklyn courthouse.
Mack was a regular on the WB Network/CW drama “Smallville” throughout its 10-season run.