Michael Rosenbaum talked about his former co-star Allison Mack’s alleged involvement in NXIVM.
Allison Mack’s former “Smallville” co-star Michael Rosenbaum, said the actress’ involvement in alleged sex cult NXIVM is “shocking” and “surprising” to him, but remembered her once mentioning an organization that he felt was a “bit culty.”
Rosenbaum, 46, who played the role of Lex Luther and acted next to Mack for seven seasons of the superhero show, said hearing the news about his former co-star made him and realized that he did not know that the actress that all is well.
“It’s like someone telling you that your brother killed someone,” Rosenbaum said on the podcast “This Past Weekend.” “You want to, ‘No, that he did not know. I know that my brother. He would not kill anybody.’ It is just so bizarre. The whole story is, I think, yet to come. I think it’s just shocking and surprising.”
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The cast of “Smallville”, Michael Rosenbaum and Allison Mack star next to each other for seven seasons. (Warner Bros./Facebook)
Rosenbaum called Mack as the “sweetest, most professional,” the woman while working on “Her” from 2001 to 2008, when the 46-year-old actor left the series. He said that he “didn’t really hang out” with Mack off-set during the seven years they worked together, but they always had respect for each other.
“She was just a beautiful girl, great actress. And I remember [her] doing a number of self-help stuff. I remember her mentioning something. An organization. And I don’t really listen. I remember thinking, ‘Oh, that’s a bit culty. That is not for me,'” he said.
The actor continued, “She was like a lot of actors and actresses. She wanted the attention. She wanted approval, and she found something that she probably thought would make her that. Eventually, by accident, she got into something that was bigger than her.”
Mack was arrested in April and faces charges of forced prostitution, and conspiracy to commit forced labor, stemming from her time with NXIVM. The 36-year-old actress a member of the alleged sex cult in 2006 and took in the organization’s ranks to a so-called “slave master”, who allegedly recruited sex slaves under the guise of a women’s self-help organization. She has worked with NXIVM founder Keith Raniere and other members.
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She was apparently looking for spiritual guidance in her life when she bumped into the sect, according to a Hollywood Reporter exposé.
Rosenbaum said that he had never thought about Mack being involved in a cult.
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“I thought she would be married with children. She was smart, and her family was in the music and opera and that kind of stuff, and kind of the higher class,” he said. “I don’t know what that means, but she had her stuff together.”
“You just don’t ever really know someone,” he said.
Mack is not the only former “Smallville” actress linked to NXIVM. Actress Kristin Kreuk, who played Lana Lang in the series, was also accused of involvement in the group. She said at the end of March she took a NXIVM course when she was 23 and left the organization five years ago. She denied recruiting sex slaves or to know about the organization of the alleged criminal activities.
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