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

Oscar Cross
April 9, 2019

In earlier submissions to the court, she admitted to being part of DOS, but contended in court documents that no one's collateral was ever released, that she never received any money from her participation in the group and that she "never instructed anyone to partake in a sex act, and did not even know that the alleged sex acts were occurring".

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

The actress had previously pleaded not guilty to charges of sex trafficking, sex trafficking conspiracy, racketeering, racketeering conspiracy, forced labor conspiracy, and wire fraud conspiracy, Yahoo News reported.

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.

He has pleaded not guilty to sex trafficking and forced labor charges.

Prosecutors allege that women involved in DOS were kept starving, groomed to have sex with Raniere, and were branded with his initials.

Mack is facing up to 20 years in prison. She confirmed that members are required to give their "master", or recruiter, naked photos of themselves and other blackmail material before joining.

Mr Raniere was arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Mexico past year.

The plea came hours before jury selection was expected to begin in the federal trial.

She entered her plea to racketeering charges on Monday, shortly before jury selection was scheduled to start in Brooklyn federal court. According to NBC, it's unclear if she has a cooperation deal, but she's the third NXIVM member to plead guilty. Bronfman fainted in court last week when asked if she was secretly being represented by embattled celebrity attorney Michael Avenatti.

Oxenberg first opened up to PEOPLE in 2017 about how she believed India had been "brainwashed" by Nxivm. Meanwhile, a former flatmate told THR she believed Mack was brainwashed: "I don't think she was thinking she was actually trafficking girls".

NXIVM claimed to have over 16,000 members in chapters nationwide, as well as in Canada and Mexico. All have pleaded not guilty and denied any wrongdoing, though after three guilty pleas, we're not sure what kind of legs they have to stand on.

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