‘Smallville’ Actress Allison Mack Pleaded Guilty in ‘Sex Cult’ Case
Allison Mack became famous for playing the character of Chloe Sullivan on the TV series, Smallville, opposite Tom Welling, in the early 2000s. But these days, instead of giving interviews on a TV or movie role, she has been giving interviews on her role in a “sex cult.” Keep reading to learn more about Mack’s involvement in the Nxivm case.
What is Nxivm?
Nxivm is “pronounced NEX–ee-um,” according to The New York Times. Based in Albany, New York, Keith Raniere led Nxivm.
Nxivm fronted as a self-help organization with a focus on self-fulfillment and empowerment. They held classes and workshops enticing people to sign up to achieve “greater self-fulfillment,” according to The New York Times.
How did Mack get involved with Nxivm?
Through tears, Mack told a judge in federal court in Brooklyn, New York, that she first joined the organization to “find purpose.” At the time she joined Nxivm, she was unhappy with her acting career even though she had been successful on Smallville.
Mack’s co-star on Smallville, Kristin Kreuk, reportedly introduced Mack to Nxivm in 2006, according to the New York Post. Kreuk admitted to being involved with the group but claimed she was involved before the ritual brandings began.
“The accusations that I was in the ‘inner circle’ or recruited women as ‘sex slaves’ are blatantly false,” Kreuk said on Twitter, according to The Cut.
What did Mack do?
Federal prosecutors alleged Mack began recruiting other women into a secret group within Nxivm where they’d be branded with Raniere’s initials and forced to have sex with him.
Actresses came forward after charges were brought against Mack saying that she tried to get them to join her so-called “women’s group.” A number of female journalists also said that they too had been contacted by Mack to join the organization.
Court papers said the secret group, named D.O.S., — an acronym which loosely translates to “Lord/Master of the Obedient Female Companions,” in Latin — had one purpose: “To groom sexual partners for Raniere.”
Mack also confessed that she forced women in the D.O.S. to provide her with “collateral,” or damaging information on themselves, for blackmail purposes in the event they were not following her or Raniere’s orders.
What are the charges against Mack?
Last year, when the case was in its initial stages, Mack was charged with sex trafficking and forced labor, to which she pleaded not guilty. Since then Mack changed her plea. She pleaded guilty to one count of racketeering conspiracy and one of racketeering on April 8, 2019.
“I have come to the conclusion that I must take full responsibility for my conduct, and that’s why I am pleading guilty today,” Mack said in court. “I’m very sorry for the victims of this case.”
What will happen to Mack?
According to The New York Times, Mack “faces up to 20 years in prison on each count to which she pleaded guilty.” Her sentencing hearing will take place on Sept. 11, 2019, according to The Cut.