'Smallville' actress Allison Mack pleads guilty in sex cult case

Allison Mack

A high-ranking member of NXIVM who was arrested with the organization's leader a year ago pleaded guilty on April 8 to blackmailing two women as part of her role in a secret society within the organization.

"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.

Allison Mack departs the United States Eastern District Court on May 4, 2018 in New York City.

"Smallville" actress Allison Mack on Monday pleaded guilty to blackmailing two women as part of an alleged NY sex cult that prosecutors called a racketeering operation that carried out sex trafficking and other crimes.

Prosecutors have accused Mack of recruiting sex slaves for Raniere and his cult-like organization called NXIVM.

"I took one look at Allison and I knew she was involved romantically and sexually with Keith", an unidentified former NXIVM member told THR. She confirmed that members are required to give their "master", or recruiter, naked photos of themselves and other blackmail material before joining.

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.

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The women were allegedly forced to perform services under the threat of serious harm, adhere to strict diets of only 900 calories a day, and endure a ceremony in which Raniere's initials were branded into their skin with a hot cauterizing pen.

She is now scheduled to be sentenced in September and will face a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison for each of the two charges.

Mack, 36, arrived at a Brooklyn courthouse Monday morning to change her plea on charges of racketeering, extortion and forced labor, reported Page Six.

Prosecutors last month hit Raniere with additional charges for allegedly having sexual relationships with children and producing kiddie porn. All have pleaded not guilty and denied any wrongdoing.

Potential jurors will be asked to fill out questionnaires Monday in federal court in Brooklyn.

Also charged alongside Raniere are Seagram liquor heiress Clare Bronfman and Nxivm member Kathy Russell, who have pleaded not guilty.

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