A former television star was among those who chased down officers after they took away cult leader Keith Raniere in the Mexican resort village of Puerto Vallarta over the weekend.
Video that was first obtained by Art Voice shows Smallville actress Allison Mack in a state of disbelief as officials arrest Raniere, four months after he crossed the border following the launch of a federal probe.
The women can then be heard saying that they are going to get into a car and follow the officers.
A local authority tells DailyMail.com that the women then engaged in a high-speed car chase with police.
The 57-year-old leader of the secretive New York-based group called NXIVM was taken into custody by Mexican authorities after he was found surrounded by a group of women at a $10,000-a-week luxury villa on Sunday.
Raniere was extradited to Fort Worth, Texas on Monday and charged with sex trafficking and forced labor conspiracy.
Detained: Video has been released of Mexican authoroities arresting NXIVM cult leader Keith Raniere (above) at a luxury villa in Puerto Vallarta
On the run: A group of women that includes Smallville actress Allison Mack (above) chases after the police car after it leaves the $10,000-a-week property
South of the border: Mack posted a photo of herself at a coffee shop in Mexico earlier this month
An individual with former ties to NXIVM tells DailyMail.com that Mack was joined in the video by a group of women including actress Nicki Clyne and high-profile members Lauren Salzman and Loreta Garza.
The same source described Mack as Raniere’s right-hand woman at NXIVM.
The actress only recently traveled down to Mexico however, with her social media showing her in the area for just the past month.
The group, which has been described by former members as a ‘sex cult’, claims to be a self-help organization that operates centers in US, Mexico, Canada and South America.
It emerged last year that the Dalai Lama was paid $1 million to speak to 3,000 NXIVM followers and place a khata – a traditional ceremonial Tibetan scarf – around Raniere’s neck.
Raniere left the US last year after the New York Times reported that some women who joined a group in his organization had been branded with a symbol that included his initials.
The women told investigators they were subjected to ‘master-slave’ conditions that involved physical punishments for disobeying orders.
‘As alleged in the complaint, Keith Raniere created a secret society of women whom he had sex with and branded with his initials, coercing them with the threat of releasing their highly personal information and taking their assets,’ US attorney Richard P. Donoghue said.
The complaint says Raniere founded NXIVM about 20 years ago and held a series of purported self-help workshops.
Since NXIVM’s creation, Raniere has maintained poly-amorous relationships with its members, according to the complaint.
Courses associated with the group costs thousands of dollars each and participants are encouraged to pay for additional classes and to recruit others in order to rise within the ranks of NXIVM.
According to the complaint, Raniere created a secret society within Nxivm called DOS in 2015, which loosely translated to ‘Lord/Master of the Obedient Female Companions’, or ‘The Vow’.
Sex cult leader Keith Raniere, 57, was taken into custody by Mexican authorities and deported back to the US after he was found at a luxury villa in Puerto Vallarta on Sunday
Many DOS slaves were branded on their pelvic areas using a cauterizing pen with a symbol which, unbeknownst to them, incorporated Raniere’s initials, according to past members
Former Dynasty star Catherine Oxenberg had previously met with prosecutors in New York to detail her daughter India’s experience in the group
DOS operated with levels of women slaves headed by masters and most were recruited from within NXIVM’s ranks.
When new DOS slaves were recruited, they were required to provide collateral, which included highly damaging information about friends and family members, nude photographs and/or rights to the recruit’s assets.
The complaint says DOS slaves feared that their collateral could be released by the group if they left.
Many DOS slaves were branded on their pelvic areas using a cauterizing pen with a symbol which, unbeknownst to them, incorporated Raniere’s initials, according to the court documents.
During the branding ceremonies, slaves were required to be fully naked and a master would order one slave to film the branding while the others restrained the slave being branded.
Smallville actress Allison Mack was considering a high-ranking member of the cult and was believed to have been second in charge to Raniere.
Former Dynasty star Catherine Oxenberg had previously met with prosecutors in New York to detail her daughter’s experience in the group.
Oxenberg, through her lawyers at Lewis Baach Kaufmann Middlemiss, said she hoped Raniere’s arrest would go as far as reuniting her with her daughter.
‘I want to help all the young women affected by this cult. They are the victims of human trafficking, which is slavery,’ she said.
‘For months, I have worked to expose Keith Raniere and Nxivm and today’s arrest vindicates my efforts.
‘I want my daughter to know I love her and that I want her back in my life.’
If convicted, Raniere could be sentenced to life in prison.
‘As alleged, Keith Raniere displayed a disgusting abuse of power in his efforts to denigrate and manipulate women he considered his sex slaves,’ FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge William F. Sweeney said.
‘He allegedly participated in horrifying acts of branding and burning them, with the cooperation of other women operating within this unorthodox pyramid scheme.
‘These serious crimes against humanity are not only shocking, but disconcerting to say the least, and we are putting an end to this torture today.’