Smallville’s Tom Welling speaks to co-star Allison Mack – who has been sentenced to prison – while discussing the series’ animated sequel.
Smallville Star Tom Welling has broken his silence on co-star Allison Mack after he was sentenced to prison for his role in the NXIVM sex trafficking and forced labor cult.
At Fan Expo Vancouver, Welling was talking about the next Smallville anime sequel series. As he noted who was already on board and who he hoped would return, Welling said, “It might be hard to get Allison…”
Mack played Clark Kent’s best friend, Chloe Sullivan, in all 10 seasons of Smallville. In June 2021, the actress was sentenced to three years in prison for her role in NXIVM, which served as a front claiming to help the members improve. Mack joined the organization alongside colleagues Smallville Kristin Kreuk (who left soon after) and was allegedly responsible for recruiting new “sex slaves” for the group’s leader, Keith Raniere. Several former members testified to seeing women branded with Raniere’s initials in a fake dungeon and forced to engage in sexual acts.
In 2018, Mack and Raniere were arrested by the FBI alongside several other cult members. Mack pleaded guilty to charges of trafficking, sex trafficking conspiracy and forced labor conspiracy. She was also charged with money laundering and impersonation, and racketeering and racketeering conspiracy charges were later added. Raniere was found guilty of all charges, including sex trafficking, conspiracy and possession of child pornography.
Prior to his sentencing, Mack wrote a letter expressing his regret for his involvement with NXIVM. “I threw myself into the teachings of Keith Raniere with everything I had,” she wrote. “I wholeheartedly believed that his mentorship was leading me to a better, more enlightened version of myself. I dedicated my loyalty, my resources, and ultimately my life to him. It was the biggest mistake and the biggest regret with my life. I’m sorry for those of you I brought into Nxivm. I’m sorry that I ever exposed you to the nefarious and emotionally abusive schemes of a twisted man. I’m sorry that I encouraged you to using your resources to participate in something that was ultimately so ugly I do not take lightly the responsibility I have in the lives of those I love and I feel a heavy weight of guilt for having abused your trust , leading you down a negative path.
An anime Smallville The sequel series was announced in June 2021 by Welling himself. “Michael Rosenbaum and I are currently working on an animated series to bring these characters back to life and use as many of the original cast members as possible,” Welling said in a Cameo post. “Don’t tell anyone, though. It’s a secret, we’re still working on it.” The cast shed some more light on the project the following October, though details remain scarce.
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