Published: Mon, April 08, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Allison Mack "Smallville" actress pleads guilty today in NXIVM sex slave case

Allison Mack

The actor Allison Mack has pleaded guilty to racketeering charges in a case involving a cult-like group based in upstate NY. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton 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.

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. Mack was believed to be the leader of DOS, described as a "secret sorority" that allegedly brainwashed members, put them on starvation diets and beat them if they don't recruit enough "slaves".

"I must take full responsibility for my conduct".

Raniere, Mack, and four others were arrested a year ago for the involvement with NXIVM, a Colonie, N.Y. -based group that claimed to be a self-help organization. Authorities said the women were branded by a surgical tool with a symbol that resembled Raniere's initials.

Mack is best known for her role, playing a young Superman's close friend in the CW network series "Smallville".

Actress Allison Mack, right, leaves Brooklyn federal court Monday, April 8, 2019, in NY. If convicted, he could be sentenced to life in prison.

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A judge hasn't ruled yet on requests by the co-defendants to get trials separate from Raniere.

The plea means the former star will avoid going to trial with Raniere, Seagram's heiress Clare Bronfman, and Kathy Russell at the end of April.

Nxivm has been the subject of scrutiny from both law enforcement and journalists after it came under fire from Dynasty actress Catherine Oxenberg, whose estranged daughter, India, joined the group in 2011.

It was not immediately clear which charges Mack will plead to, and if she will be entering into a cooperation agreement.

Bronfman was charged last July with racketeering conspiracy in connection to her involvement with the group. Kreuk, who also appeared on "Smallville", reportedly recruited Mack but later left the group.

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