Actress Kristin Kreuk, 35, has revealed she was in a cult and is “embarrassed” by her association with it.

Kreuk opened up on Twitter that she was involved with Nxivm (Nexium), a women-only group in upstate New York. She joined the cult when she was 23 hoping it would help get rid of her shyness. She explained in the post that she thought it was a “self help/personal growth course that helped me handle my shyness, which is why I continued with the program.” Mxivm was founded by Keith Raniere, who was arrested on March 25 on sex trafficking charges in Mexico. Authorities allege that his followers were branded with his initials and forced into having sex.


The Smallville actress says she was not part of of any “illegal or nefarious” actions while she was part of the cult. “The accusations that I was in the ‘inner circle’ or recruited women as ‘sex slaves’ are blatantly false,” she continued. “During my time, I never experienced any illegal or nefarious activity. I am horrified and disgusted by what has come out about DOS.” DOS is a secret sect of Nxivm referring to Dominant Over Submissive.

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“I am deeply disturbed and embarrassed to NXIVM. I hope that the investigation leads to justice for all affected,” she wrote.

Kreuk says she has had “minimal contact” with current members.

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