Former Smallville actress Allison Mack admits racketeering charges related to sex cult

Former Smallville actress Allison Mack admits racketeering charges related to sex cult

Former Smallville actress Allison Mack admits racketeering charges related to sex cult

A "Smallville" actress accused of recruiting women into a sadistic sex cult in upstate NY pleaded guilty Monday to racketeering and conspiracy charges.

Actress Allison Mack departs the United States Eastern District Court in Brooklyn, New York, after a bail hearing in relation to the sex-trafficking charges filed against her on May 4, 2018.

Raniere earlier pleaded not guilty to all other charges against him in the case. "I am very sorry to my family and to the good people I hurt through my misguided adherence to [Nxivm leader] Keith Raniere's teachings", Mack told the court.

"I believed Keith Raniere's intentions were to help people and I was wrong", Mack said in a Brooklyn federal court as she pleaded guilty to racketeering charges, the Associated Press reported.

Fighting back tears, Mack said she had joined the organization, led by self-described spiritual guide Keith Raniere, a decade ago to find objective in life.

The plea means Mack will avoid going to trial with Raniere, wealthy heiress Clare Bronfman and another member of Raniere's inner circle, Kathy Russell.

The defense says the women were never abused.

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The women were allegedly forced to perform services under the threat of serious harm, adhere to strict diets of only 900 calories a day, and endure a ceremony in which Raniere's initials were branded into their skin with a hot cauterizing pen.

The actress's sentencing is set for September 11.

Opening statements are scheduled for April 29. Mack pled guilty to racketeering conspiracy and racketeering. Online notes that if convicted, Allison could face 20 years of prison for each count she is charged with.

Last month the co-founder of the group, Nancy Salzman, 65, also pleaded guilty to charges of racketeering.

As part of their initiation, the members of a group - known as DOS - allegedly gave "collateral" in the form of damaging secrets that could be released should they fail to comply with the wishes of the leaders of the group.

After meeting Raniere, she joined the group, and reportedly rose to lead the arm Dominus Obsequious Sororium, which is Latin for 'Master Over Slave Women.' As the second most senior member, Mack became responsible for recruiting and monitoring slaves - and even she wasn't exempt from some rules.

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