‘Smallville’ actress pleads guilty to charges relating to sex trafficking case

Actress Allison Mack attends the CW Television Network Upfront at Madison Square Garden

Smallville actress Allison Mack pleaded guilty in a NY court Monday to racketeering charges related to her role in a cult-like group whose leader has been accused of sex-trafficking.

Mack - who is facing charges including sex trafficking, identity fraud and money laundering for her alleged role in running a slave ring within the Albany-area organization - is scheduled to change her previous not guilty plea in Brooklyn federal court at 11:30 a.m.

"As alleged in the indictment, Allison Mack recruited women to join what was purported to be a female mentorship group that was, in fact, created and led by Keith Raniere", United States Attorney Richard P. Donoghue said in a statement after Mack's arrest a year ago.

"Through it all, I believed Keith Raniere's intentions were to help people", she said.

Mack is best known for her role as a young Superman's close friend on the series "Smallville".

Prosecutors believe Mack was a member of NXIVM's secret sorority called DOS, short for Dominos Obsequious Sororium or Master Over Slave Women.

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The women in DOS were also allegedly branded in the pubic region during super-secretive ceremonies with a symbol that later appeared to be Raniere's initials.

Ms Mack had previously pleaded not guilty in April 2018 to charges including sex trafficking, conspiracy to commit sex trafficking and forced labour.

Mack, along with two other defendants - former Nxvim bookkeeper Kathy Russell and Lauren Salzman, the daughter of Raniere's second-in-command Nancy Salzman - had been in "active plea negotiations" with prosecutors, according to the statement in court on March 18 by Assistant U.S. Attorney Moira Penza, reports the Associated Press. Until the Salzmans' guilty pleas, officials and associates had repeatedly denied all wrongdoing and disputed allegations that it is a cult.

The defense says the women were never abused. If convicted of those charges, she would have faced life in prison.

Raniere, Mack, and four others were arrested previous year for the involvement with NXIVM, a Colonie, N.Y. -based group that claimed to be a self-help organization.

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