American actress Allison Mack has pleaded guilty to charges linked to an alleged sex trafficking operation disguised as a mentoring group, the BBC has reported.
Appearing in a court in Brooklyn, Mack pleaded guilty to racketeering and racketeering conspiracy charges related to the suspected sex cult known as Nxivm. In a statement, Mack admitted to recruiting women by telling them they were joining a female mentorship group. “I must take full responsibility for my conduct”, she said.
Mack, known for her role as Chloe Sullivan on the popular US TV series Smallville, is one of six people facing criminal charges as part of an investigation into Nxivm.
Prosecutors allege the group mirrors a pyramid scheme, in which members paid thousands of dollars for courses to rise within its ranks. A man named Keith Raniere is alleged to be at the top of this structure as the only man, while Mack served as one of his top female deputies.
Female recruits were allegedly branded with Mr. Raniere’s initials and expected to have sex with him, as part of a “slave and master system.” Mr. Raniere was arrested by the FBI in Mexico last year. His defense team argued that the alleged sexual relationships were consensual.
Reportedly, Mack said in court that she was instructed by Mr. Raniere to collect compromising materials and images of two women within the group, threatening to make the photos public if they revealed information about the secret society.
“I believed Keith Raniere’s intentions were to help people”, Mack said in court on 8th of April 2019. “I was wrong.”
Mack had previously pleaded not guilty in April 2018 to charges including sex trafficking, conspiracy to commit sex trafficking and forced labor.
She is now scheduled to be sentenced in September and will face a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison for each of the two charges.