‘Smallville’ Actress Allison Mack Pleads Guilty in Sex Cult Case

Apr 09, 2019, 00:49
‘Smallville’ Actress Allison Mack Pleads Guilty in Sex Cult Case

Mack said that at the cult leader's instruction, she obtained compromising information and images of two unidentified women that she threatened to make public if they did not have sex with Raniere.

According to the Associated Press, Mack wept as she admitted her crimes Monday and told a judge, "I believed Keith Raniere's intentions were to help people, and I was wrong".

"I must take full responsibility for my conduct and that is why I am pleading guilty today", she said as she sobbed before apologizing to her family.

"I'm very sorry for the victims of this case", Allision said.

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The indictment released a year ago claimed many so-called slaves were branded on their pelvic areas using a cauterizing pen with a symbol which, unbeknownst to them, incorporated Raniere's initials.

Clare Bronfman, an heiress of the Seagram's liquor empire, arrives at the Brooklyn Federal Courthouse, for her trial regarding sex trafficking and racketeering related to the Nxivm cult in the Brooklyn borough of ny, U.S., January 9, 2019.

German-born Mack, 36, is facing charges including sex trafficking, identity fraud and money laundering for her alleged role in running a sex slave cult in Albany, New York. Raniere ran the NXIVM sex cult, and Mack confessed to helping manipulate women to become his sex slaves.

Also charged alongside Raniere are Seagram liquor heiress Clare Bronfman and Nxivm member Kathy Russell, who have pleaded not guilty.

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Mack had previously pleaded not guilty to charges including sex trafficking and conspiracy to commit sex trafficking and forced labor, and had been released on $5 million bail. All have pleaded not guilty and denied any wrongdoing.

Mack, who is best known for her role as Clark Kent's friend in the television series "Smallville", was one of six defendants in a federal racketeering indictment filed previous year against members of Nxivm.

The defense says the women were never abused. 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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