‘Smallville' Actress Allison Mack Pleads Guilty to Racketeering Charges in a Sex Cult Case
Actress Allison Mack, best known for her role as Clark Kent’s friend Chloé Sullivan on the Warner Bros. series “Smallville,” has pleaded guilty to racketeering charges.
Mack‘s plea at the United States District Court for the Eastern District in Brooklyn on April 8 was surprising as she previously declared herself not guilty on all charges. including sex trafficking and conspiracy to commit sex trafficking and forced labor.
Federal prosecutors accuse Mack of helping recruit women into NXIVM, a suspended multi-level marketing business that has been labeled as a sex-trafficking company and a sex cult.
DETAILS ABOUT NXIVM
One of the first times that NXIVM made negative headlines was in October 2017, when the New York Times revealed the “secret sisterhood” named DOS in which female members were referred to as “slaves.”
Apart from that, they were “branded” with a tattoo with Keith Raniere – the founder of the company – and Mack’s initials and were reportedly forced into sexual slavery.
Mack had a successful career in the entertainment industry before getting involved in such legal problems.
Mack’s role in NXIVM was very important. Not only was she a member of Raniere’s “inner circle,” but also drafted women to become new members of the cult. She reportedly used very simple lies with those women as she would tell them that they would become members of a female mentorship group.
According to the indictment, Mack worked with Raniere in the sex trafficking and forced labor of one woman and tried to engage another woman into sex trafficking, too. In front of the judge, the 36-year-old actress said,
"I believed Keith Raniere's intentions were to help people, and I was wrong."
MORE PEOPLE INVOLVED
The actress is not the only member of NXIVM who has been under fire. One of the group’s co-founders Nancy Salzman pleaded guilty to charges in the case in March this year.
Two weeks later, her daughter Lauren Salzman pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy and racketeering counts, too. Raniere was also arrested on similar charges.
Mack, who was released on $5 million bail had a successful career in the entertainment industry before getting involved in such legal problems.
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Apart from working in “Smallville,” she took part in “The Nightmare Room,” “Wilfred,” and “Lost in Oz.” Her performance as Chloé Sullivan got her several Teen Choice Award nominations for Best Sidekick in a TV Series and Saturn Award nominations for Best Supporting Actress on Television.
She is waiting for a decision to be made in her case.