Smallville star denies recruiting sex slaves for Nxivm

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The following article contains allegations of sexual misconduct that some readers may find distressing.

Former Smallville star Kristin Kreuk has denied being involved in recruiting "sex slaves" for the controversial self-help group known as Nxivm.

Earlier this week, Nxivm's leader Keith Raniere - known as Vanguard to his followers - was arrested in Mexico over charges in New York that he was involved in sex trafficking and forced labour while running the group.

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Photo credit: YANN COATSALIOU/AFP/Getty Images

Allegations persist that a secret subgroup within Nxivm, known as Dominus Obsequious Sororium or DOS, branded female members with Raniere's initials and forced them to become sex slaves, with some linking Kreuk as a recruiter.

This is an accusation that Kreuk strenuously denies in a statement post on her Twitter. In her note, Kreuk insisted she quit the group years ago and never had any knowledge of sex trafficking within Nxivm.

"When I was about 23, I took an Executive Success/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," she wrote.

"I left about five years ago and had minimal contact with those 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 anything illegal or nefarious activity. I am horrified and disgusted about 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.

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Photo credit: Chance Yeh/FilmMagic

"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."

A spokesperson for Nxivm told People earlier this week that it was working with US authorities to establish Keith Raniere's "innocence and true character".

Rape Crisis England and Wales works towards the elimination of sexual violence. If you've been affected by the issues raised in this story, you can access more information on their website or by calling the National Rape Crisis Helpline on 0808 802 9999. Rape Crisis Scotland's helpline number is 08088 01 03 02.

Readers in the US are encouraged to contact RAINN, or the National Sexual Assault Hotline on 800-656-4673.

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