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Update 8/4/19: Former Smallville star Allison Mack has pleaded guilty over her involvement with the alleged sex cult called NXIVM.
Mack sobbed during an appearance in a Brooklyn courtroom on Monday (April 8) as she entered a plea to one count of racketeering conspiracy and one count of racketeering, reports the New York Post.
Her plea to the lesser charges than the sex trafficking violation for which she was originally charged last year will spare her facing trial alongside NXIVM leader Keith Raniere and other prominent members of the group.
Mack sobbed as she apologised for recruiting other women into a secret group within NXIVM called DOS, which was “designed to make [women] think they could suffer serious harm” if they disobeyed her.
“I’m here to plead guilty before your honor,” she said. “I must take full responsibility for my conduct.
“I am very sorry for my role in this 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 was arrested last April as part of a major bust on the group by federal officials, but was soon released on $5 million bond. Shortly after her arrest, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs producers Annapurna Pictures announced plans to make a TV drama based on NXIVM.
Original 22/4/2018: Former Smallville star Allison Mack has been arrested over her connections to an alleged sex cult called NXIVM.
The 35-year-old actress — who played Chloe Sullivan in the Superman prequel series — was taken into custody by US federal officials in New York and was charged with sex trafficking, conspiracy and forced labor conspiracy.
Mack will reportedly face charges for alleged involvement in recruiting sex slaves for the purported self-help group run by Keith Raniere, known as Vanguard to his followers. Raniere was himself arrested in Mexico last month.
United States Attorney Richard P Donoghue said on Friday: “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.
“The victims were then exploited, both sexually and for their labor, to the defendants’ benefit.”
There have been rampant accusations that a secret subgroup within NXIVM, known as Dominus Obsequious Sororium or DOS, branded female members with Raniere’s initials and forced them to perform sex acts on male ‘masters’.
A spokesperson for NXIVM has denied those accusations, and said the group was working with federal officials to establish Raniere’s “innocence and true character”. Mack’s spokesperson declined to comment.
(Kristin Kreuk and Allison Mack)
Mack served as one of the group’s public faces, having interviewed Raniere for a series of recruitment videos shared on YouTube. Her former Smallville co-star Kristin Kreuk was also once involved in NXIVM.
In March, Kreuk strenuously denied ever recruiting sex slaves for NXIVM, in addition to claiming that she’d cut ties with the alleged cult several years ago.
“The accusations that I was in the ‘inner circle’ or recruited women as ‘sex slaves’ are blatantly false,” she tweeted on March 30.
“During my time, I never experienced anything illegal or nefarious activity. I am horrified and disgusted about what has come out about DOS. Thank you to all of the brave women who have come forward to share their stories and expose DOS; I can’t imagine how difficult this has been for you.
“I am deeply disturbed and embarrassed to have been associated with NXIVM. I hope that the investigation leads to justice for all of those affected.”
Rape Crisis England and Wales works towards the elimination of sexual violence. If you’ve been affected by the issues raised in this story, you can access more information on their website or by calling the National Rape Crisis Helpline on 0808 802 9999. Rape Crisis Scotland’s helpline number is 08088 01 03 02.
Readers in the US are encouraged to contact RAINN, or the National Sexual Assault Hotline on 800-656-4673.