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Smallville actress Allison Mack pleads guilty in Nxivm sex-trafficking case

Smallville actress Allison Mack pleads guilty in Nxivm sex-trafficking case

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.

Prosecutors accused Raniere of running a cult-like secret society within Nxivm, in which women were branded with his initials, put on extremely restrictive diets and forced to have sex with him.

"I believed Keith Raniere's intentions were to help people", Ms Mack said in court on 8 April.

"I have come to the conclusion that I must take full responsibility for my conduct and that's why I am pleading guilty today", Allison said, admitting to two federal counts: one count of racketeering conspiracy, and one count of racketeering. I'm very sorry for the victims of this case. Jury selection as scheduled to begin shortly in her case.

"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.

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Mack, who appeared Monday at the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District, in Brooklyn, previously pleaded not guilty on charges including sex trafficking and conspiracy to commit sex trafficking and forced labor. Raniere ran the NXIVM sex cult, and Mack confessed to helping manipulate women to become his sex slaves. Mack played Chloe Sullivan, a close friend of the future Superman whose romantic feelings were not reciprocated. 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.

Two other members of the group, Nancy Salzman and her daughter Lauren Salzman, also entered guilty pleas recently.

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

Mack could face 20 years in prison, according to the report.

Raniere, who has been in custody since 2018, has pleaded not guilty to the charges against him. She has pleaded not guilty and was released on a $100 million bond, according to the Associated Press.


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