TV actress Allison Mack admits charges in group's sex-trafficking case

Allison Mack

In a New York federal court, Mack pleaded guilty to multiple felony counts, including racketeering and racketeering conspiracy charges, which was perhaps the only choice she had after (proudly) telling the New York Times previous year that a slave-branding ritual was all her idea.

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.

A sobbing Allison Mack changed her tune and pleaded guilty to one count of racketeering conspiracy, and one count of racketeering (including extortion and forced labor) for her alleged time running a master-slave ring within the NXIVM cult.

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".

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 a year ago against members of Nxivm.

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.

Raniere, Mack and two co-defendants face several charges, including sex trafficking and racketeering conspiracy.

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The charge sprung from a group called NXIVM, of which members allegedly recruited sex slaves for its spiritual leader.

Authorities say the women were branded by a surgical tool with a symbol that resembled Raniere's initials.

Prosecutors accused Mack of helping Raniere recruit women to a secret sub-society within the group.

Raniere has pleaded not guilty.

The guilty plea means Mack will avoid going to trial with Raniere and two women in NXIVM's inner circle, Clare Bronfman and Kathy Russell. Defense attorneys insisted that any relationship between the cult leader and the women was consensual.

Mr Raniere was arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Mexico past year. If convicted of those charges, she would have faced life in prison.

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