In court on Monday, Allison Mack admitted that she takes responsibility for the accusations made against her regarding her involvement with the alleged New York-based sex cult Nxivm. The one-time Smallville actress was one of the core people involved at the root of the organization, where she allegedly persuaded women to get involved. Mack rose to become one of the main influencers in the group, and the television actress reportedly was the person who even came up with the idea to brand the women. It's a surprising, shocking turn-of-events, and as Allison Mack pleads guilty in court, it might also be nearing its end.
Wiping away tears from her eyes, Allison Mack pleaded guilty to charges of "racketeering and racketeering conspiracy charges related to her role in the group." As it was reported by The New York Times, Mack told the courts on Monday that she was unhappy about her early acting career — despite a prominent role in Smallville at the time — when she first joined Nxivm. She claims she first entered the reported sex cult in order to "find purpose." The group was marketed as a self-help organization, and the group leaders suggested that Nxivm was meant to provide young women with means to fulfillment and greater self-satisfaction.
Since then, Nxivm has been seen as something more insidious — according to the incriminating accusations made against Allison Mack and group leader Keith Raniere. In her confession to the Federal District of Brooklyn, Mack admits she helped lure, extort and coerce women into following the Raniere's orders. It should be noted that the racketeering charges were considered the less extreme charges made against her. When arrested in 2018, Allison Mack was under investigation for sex trafficking and conspiracy to commit sex trafficking and forced labor as well.
As she confessed, Allison Mack said she was "lost" during this period in her life, and she admitted that she recruited women who thought they were going to become members of a female mentorship program. Mack also claimed that she committed criminal conduct because she was extremely dedicated to promoting Keith Raniere's teachings and helping to push forward his personal objectives.
Allison Mack is scheduled to be sentenced in September, although she faces up to 20 years in prison for every count that she pleads guilty to. There is a chance that she could be spending upwards of decades behind bars if the court decides it is necessary. It is unknown presently if Mack is going to be entering a cooperation deal with federal prosecutors, which may or may not lessen her criminal sentence.
With Allison Mack pleading guilty to these charges, however, it sounds like the case is nearing its end, and that Mack might soon spend years in prison for her reported criminal involvement in this alleged sex cult. We will continue to keep you posted.
Will is an entertainment writer based in Pittsburgh, PA. His writing can also be found in The Playlist, Cut Print Film, We Got This Covered, The Young Folks, Slate and other outlets. He also co-hosts the weekly film/TV podcast Cinemaholics with Jon Negroni and he likes to think he's a professional Garfield enthusiast.
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