Allison Mack Pleads Guilty to Racketeering in NXIVM Case

Allison Mack Pleads Guilty to Racketeering in NXIVM Case

In a New York federal court, Mack pleaded guilty to multiple felony counts, including racketeering and racketeering conspiracy charges, which was perhaps the only choice she had after (proudly) telling the New York Times a year ago that a slave-branding ritual was all her idea.

"Smallville" actress Allison Mack on Monday pleaded guilty to blackmailing two women as part of an alleged NY sex cult that prosecutors called a racketeering operation that carried out sex trafficking and other crimes.

Mack was accused of being one of the leaders and recruiters to the cult, and jury selection for the trial began on Monday.

"I believed Keith Raniere's intentions were to help people", Ms Mack said in court on 8 April.

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Mack, who is best known for her role as Clark Kent's friend in the television series "Smallville", was one of six defendants in a federal racketeering indictment filed past year against members of Nxivm.

The charge sprung from a group called NXIVM, of which members allegedly recruited sex slaves for its spiritual leader. Kreuk, who also appeared on "Smallville", reportedly recruited Mack but later left the group. All have pleaded not guilty and denied any wrongdoing, though after three guilty pleas, we're not sure what kind of legs they have to stand on. The group allegedly consisted of female "slaves" headed by "masters", and often involved the women being branded with Raniere's initials.

Others facing charges include NXIVM bookkeeper Kathy Russell and wealthy Seagram's liquor heiress Clare Bronfman. Defense attorneys have insisted any relationship between Raniere and the alleged victims, including an unidentified actress and other women expected to testify against him at trial, was consensual. Although the charges that Mack pleaded guilty to are both considered white collar crimes, these could net her up to a few decades in prison. Two weeks later, her daughter, Lauren Salzman, also pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy and racketeering counts. She has pleaded not guilty to the charges and was released last July on $100-million bail.

Bronfman fainted while in court March 27 after a judge asked her about reports that lawyer Michael Avenatti was representing her after his recent arrest on extortion charges, reported CBS.

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