Kristin Kreuk dealt with a lot of strange goings-on while starring on “Smallville,” but nothing quite like this. Days after the arrest of Keith Raniere, the founder of a “sex cult” known as NXIVM, the actress has denied allegations that she was involved in recruiting sex slaves for the organization. Raniere, who was apprehended in Mexico on sex-trafficking charges, has been accused of branding women and treating them as his sexual property.
Kreuk released a statement on Twitter in which she calls these accusations “blatantly false”:
“When I was about 23, I took an Executive Success Programs/NXIVM ‘intensive,’ what I understood to be a self-help/personal growth course that helped me handle my previous shyness, which is why I continued with the program. I left about five years ago and had minimal contact with those who were still involved. The accusations that I was in the ‘inner circle’ or recruited women as ‘sex slaves’ are blatantly false. During my time, I never experienced any illegal or nefarious activity. I am horrified and disgusted by what has come out about DOS. Thank you to all of the brave women who have come forward to share their stories and expose DOS; I can’t imagine how difficult this has been for you. I am deeply disturbed and embarrassed to have been associated with NXIVM. I hope that the investigation leads to justice for all of those affected.”
Actress Sarah Edmondson, who was involved with NXIVM herself, has supported Kreuk’s claims.
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Rainere has said that “these allegations are most disturbing to me as non-violence is one of my most important values,” and NXIVM has denied any wrongdoing in addition to saying it is not a cult.
— Kristin Kreuk (@MsKristinKreuk) March 29, 2018
For the record, my dear friend @MsKristinKreuk was never in the inner circle of #NXIVM. She never recruited sex slaves and has been out since 2013 before shit got weird. She is a lovely person who should not be dragged into this mess. Thank you. #Cult #DOS #freedom #TRUTH https://t.co/9PYiBgDOTe
— sarah edmondson (@sarahjedmondson) March 29, 2018