Allison Mack Pleads Guilty to Role in Cult Group

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Posted: Apr 08, 2019 3:30 PM
Allison Mack Pleads Guilty to Role in Cult Group

Source: AP Photo/Mary Altaffer

Former "Smallville" actress Allison Mack has pleaded guilty to racketeering charges in relation to the cult group NXIVM and its founder/leader Keith Raniere.

Officially, the company is in the business of offering self-improvement seminars. However, due to a 2017 article from the New York Times, rumors began to surface about a "secret sisterhood" within the organization known as DOS. It was alleged that female members of NXIVM were taken as sex slaves for the sake of Raniere, branded and forced to provide damaging information about themselves as collateral.

In March of 2018, Raniere was arrested and indicted on a variety of charges which included sex trafficking. Mack was arrested and indicted on similar charges the following month. According to prosecutors, she was responsible for recruiting women and coercing them into performing sexual acts for Raniere. She was allegedly paid by Raniere for these and other tasks.

Mack allegedly became involved with the organization in 2010 when she was upset about her acting career. According to an exposé by the New York Times, she was the one who created the practice of branding members of the cult. Mack was said to be the second in command of the organization after Raniere.

After being released on a $5 million bond in April of last year, she was held under house arrest in the custody of her parents in California.

While Reniere has plead "not guilty" to his charges, Mack pleaded guilty in Brooklyn federal court Monday. This comes after a string of plea negotiations in mid-March of this year. If convicted, Mack faces a minimum of 15 years in prison.