Allison Mack pleads guilty to racketeering in Nxivm case

09 April, 2019, 06:24 | Author: Donna Miller
  • Allison Mack of Smallville to Plead Guilty in Nxivm Sex Trafficking Case

Mack was accused of being one of the leaders and founding members of an alleged sex cult called NXIUM (pronounced nexium).

"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 believed Keith Raniere's intentions were to help people", Ms Mack said in court on 8 April.

Mack, best known for her role as Clark Kent's friend in superhero television series Smallville, was one of six defendants in a federal indictment filed against members of Nxivm, based near Albany in upstate ny. It is unclear how she will plead. The mother, who was known to NXIVM underlings as the "Prefect", is facing 33 to 41 months in prison at her July 10 sentencing. The former Smallville star was spotted hiding in the courthouse's cafeteria from paparazzi ahead of her hearing.

A high-ranking member of NXIVM who was arrested with the organization's leader previous year pleaded guilty on April 8 to blackmailing two women as part of her role in a secret society within the organization.

Mack allegedly recruited girls for a secret society within NXIVM and founded by Keith Raniere, called DOS, or "The Vow", around 2015. Mack was charged with instructing her "slaves" to have sex with Raniere in exchange for financial benefits for the actress. It is unknown at this time whether Mack had agreed to a cooperation agreement in exchange for her plea.

Almost a year since being arrested, Allison Mack has entered her plea.

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Raniere has pleaded not guilty.

Prosecutors allege the group mirrors a pyramid scheme, in which members paid thousands of dollars for courses to rise within its ranks.

Others who've been indicted in the case include Seagram heiress Clare Bronfman and the cult's longtime bookkeeper Kathy Russell. Nancy Salzman and her daughter Lauren Salzman, who were also members of NXIVM, were the first to plead guilty in the case.

In a statement, Ms Mack admitted to recruiting women by telling them they were joining a female mentorship group.

Prosecutors last month hit Raniere with additional charges for allegedly having sexual relationships with children and producing kiddie porn.

On Monday, she pleaded guilty to racketeering in connection with the cult.

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