Allison Mack expected to plead guilty in Nxivm sex cult case

Allison Mack of Smallville to Plead Guilty in Nxivm Sex Trafficking Case

With jury selection beginning at the federal case against a cult-like upstate NY group, TV actress Allison Mack pleaded guilty Monday to charges she manipulated women into becoming sex slaves for the group's spiritual leader.

"I have come to the conclusion that I must take full responsibility for my conduct and that's why I am pleading guilty today", Mack told the court while choking up. The specific charges were racketeering conspiracy and racketeering, and she faces 20 years in prison.

Actress Allison Mack has pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy and racketeering relating to her alleged role in a sex trafficking case. Prosecutors say the purported self-help group called NXIVM formed a secret society of women who had unwanted sex with guru Keith Raniere.

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

Mack was allegedly a member of a group within the NXIVM organization called DOS.

"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 previous year.

Mack is best known for her role as a young Superman's close friend on the series "Smallville". 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. A fifth defendant, the Seagram liquor fortune heiress Clare Bronfman, likely will be the only one besides Raniere to go to trial, Bronfman's attorney Mark Geragos has said in court, CBS News reports.

There was no mention at the plea hearing of any agreement by Mack to cooperate with prosecutors against Raniere, who is expected to go on trial later this month.

Bronfman was charged last July with racketeering conspiracy in connection to her involvement with the group. She has pleaded not guilty to the charges and was released last July on $100-million bail.

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