Allison Mack Pleads Guilty to NXIVM Sex Slave Cult Case
Smallville actress sobbed in court as her sentence handed down by judge
Allison Mack has pleaded guilty to her crimes in recruiting and blackmailing two women to becoming sex slaves for the leader of the Nxivm sex slave cult, according to reports.
Mack apologized to the women who prosecutors alleged were abused by Keith Raniere in the NXIVM cult.
As Mack pleaded guilty at a court in Brooklyn, she told the judge, 'Through it all; I believed that Keith Raniere intended to help people.'
'I was wrong. I now realize that I and others engaged in criminal conduct.'
The Smallville actress was crying so much the judge stopped to give her tissues.
Mack was charged with racketeering conspiracy, wire fraud conspiracy, forced labor, sex trafficking conspiracy, sex trafficking and attempted sex trafficking.
Mack, who was initially facing a life sentence, will likely be given a softer sentence if she testifies against the other defendants in the case.
Mack said that under the direction of Raniere, she obtained compromising information and images of two unidentified women, then threatened to make them public if they didn't perform 'so-called acts of love.'
'I must take full responsibility for my conduct. I am very sorry for my role in this case. 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,' she told the court.
Mack added: 'I know I can and will be a better person.'
According to the Daily Mail: The plea means Mack will avoid going to trial with Raniere, wealthy heiress Clare Bronfman and another member of Raniere's inner circle, Kathy Russell.
All have pleaded not guilty and denied any wrongdoing.
It came as a surprise given lawyers from the Eastern District of New York said they were nearing a deal with Russell and not Mack.
Russell will now be appearing on Monday alongside Keith Raniere and Clare Bronfman for a status hearing and jury selection. Their trial is set to begin later this month.
Bronfman was seen arriving at court on Monday with her lawyer Mark Gergaros.
Mack is now the third defendant to enter a guilty plea, following mother and daughter Nancy and Lauren Salzman.
Court documents obtained by DailyMail show that Lauren Salzman appeared before Judge Garaufis last month in an unannounced hearing that was not on the docket.
A redacted transcript from that hearing reveals that Salzman not only informed Judge Garafulis of her plea but also confessed that she did keep a woman known as Jane Doe 4 hostage inside a locked room for two years.
Salzman, 42, also stated that Jane Doe 4 was put to work while enslaved in the room, and revealed that she 'threatened to deport Jane Doe 4 back to Mexico if she did not complete labor requested by myself and others.'
She later confessed to being a member of DOS during the hearing and confirmed that women were branded with the initials of Keith Raniere and Allison Mack by a doctor who used a cauterizing pen.
Salzman and the other defendants seemed reluctant to take a plea or distance themselves from Raniere for months, but that all changed just a few days before Salzman's hearing when the US Attorney's Office filed new child pornography charges against the Nxivm founder in a superseding indictment.