'Smallville's Allison Mack Pleads Guilty in 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, Keith Raniere.

The freakish story of Smallville actress Allison Mack's involvement in alleged "sex cult" NXIVM took a new turn on Monday.

Mack entered her plea as jury selection was about to begin in the trial of her co-accused, Keith Raniere, the founder of NXIVM, a self-improvement organization that prosecutors have likened to a pyramid scheme.

She was among six people indicted previous year for their roles in running the controversial group led by Keith Raniere, who prosecutors say ran a master-slave ring within the organization with Mack's help. "I believed Keith Raniere's intentions were to help people", she continued.

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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.

Mack's charges stemmed from what officials said were activities that took place as part of a secret society within Nxivm called "DOS", in which women recruited and groomed others under false pretenses to be sexual partners for Raniere, according to an indictment.

In a statement, Ms Mack admitted to recruiting women by telling them they were joining a female mentorship group. There was also a very graphic element that involved the branding of Raniere's initials and her own on the bodies of women.

Raniere, Seagram's liquor heiress Claire Bronfman and Nxivm accountant Kathy Russell also are facing charges in the case.

On March 29, Lauren Salzman pleaded guilty to racketeering and racketeering conspiracy charges in an unannounced court hearing, CBS News reports. Mack's defense attorneys, meanwhile and according to Fox News, continue to argue that the alleged victims in this case "were not abused" (that's an odd approach after a defendant has already claimed authorship of a branding ritual). If convicted, he could be sentenced to life in prison.

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