Allison Mack pleads guilty in group's sex-trafficking case

Allison Mack pleads guilty in group's sex-trafficking case

TV actress Allison Mack has pleaded guilty in a case involving a cult-like group based in upstate NY.

"Smallville" actress Allison Mack on Monday pleaded guilty to blackmailing two women as part of an alleged NY sex cult that prosecutors called a racketeering operation that carried out sex trafficking and other crimes.

"As alleged in the indictment, Allison Mack recruited women to join what was purported to be a female mentorship group that was, in fact, created and led by Keith Raniere", United States Attorney Richard P. Donoghue said in a statement after Mack's arrest a year ago. "I'm very sorry for who I've hurt through my misguided adherence to Keith Raniere's teachings".

Mack's charges stemmed from what officials said were activities that took place as part of a secret society within Nxivm called "DOS", in which women recruited and groomed others under false pretenses to be sexual partners for Raniere, according to an indictment.

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"I believed Keith Raniere's intentions were to help people, and I was wrong", she told a judge in federal court in Brooklyn, New York City, as she pleaded guilty to racketeering. DOS stands for "dominus obsequious sororium", Latin for "master over the slave women". Mack played Chloe Sullivan, a close friend of the future Superman whose romantic feelings were not reciprocated. The Justice Department began a federal investigation of NXIVM in 2017 when former member Sarah Edmondson filed a complaint, saying she was branded with Raniere's initials, "KR".

Mack is facing up to 20 years in prison.

The question of who jurors would see seated at the defence table had remained an open after new allegations that Raniere exploited a teenage girl.

Along with Raniere, Seagram's heiress Clare Bronfman still faces racketeering charges related ot the operation of NXIVM. There is no clear answer as to whether or not the performer struck a deal with prosecutors, and her team did not comment. She pleaded not guilty at the time. NXIVM president Nancy Salzman and her daughter, Lauren, entered guilty pleas that were partly redacted, suggesting they may be cooperating against the other defendants in the trial to receive a reduced sentence.

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