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‘Smallville’ actress pleads guilty to charges relating to sex trafficking case

Allison Mack of Smallville to Plead Guilty in Nxivm Sex Trafficking Case The Latest: Actress Allison Mack pleads guilty
Adrian Cunningham | 09 April, 2019, 00:06

Mack had previously pleaded not guilty to charges including sex trafficking and conspiracy to commit sex trafficking and forced labor, and had been released on $5 million bail. "I am very sorry to my family and to the good people I hurt through my misguided adherence to [Nxivm leader] Keith Raniere's teachings".

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

Jury selection is set to begin for a trial featuring sensational allegations that a cult-like group based in upstate NY turned women into sex slaves who were branded with the initials of its spiritual leader.

"I must take full responsibility for my conduct". Mack is best known for her role as Chloe Sullivan on the series "Smallville". She confirmed that members are required to give their "master", or recruiter, naked photos of themselves and other blackmail material before joining.

The indictment released past year claimed many so-called slaves were branded on their pelvic areas using a cauterizing pen with a symbol which, unbeknownst to them, incorporated Raniere's initials.

The question of who jurors would see seated at the defence table had remained an open after new allegations that Raniere exploited a teenage girl.

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Actress Allison Mack departs the Brooklyn Federal Courthouse after facing charges regarding sex trafficking and racketeering related to the Nxivm cult case in ny, U.S., April 8, 2019.

She's facing up to life in prison under the current charges. There is no clear answer as to whether or not the performer struck a deal with prosecutors, and her team did not comment.

Along with Raniere, Seagram's heiress Clare Bronfman still faces racketeering charges related ot the operation of NXIVM.

Mack, along with two other defendants - former Nxvim bookkeeper Kathy Russell and Lauren Salzman, the daughter of Raniere's second-in-command Nancy Salzman - had been in "active plea negotiations" with prosecutors, according to the statement in court on March 18 by Assistant U.S. Attorney Moira Penza, reports the Associated Press.

Bronfman was charged last July with racketeering conspiracy in connection to her involvement with the group.

Raniere has pleaded not guilty.