Actress Allison Mack pleads guilty to charges in Nxivm 'sex cult' case

Allison Mack right and a friend. The former Smallville star was part of a New York sex cult. WENN

Allison Mack right and a friend. The former Smallville star was part of a New York sex cult. WENN

The 36-year-old former Smallville actress pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy and racketeering in the case involving NXIVM, a purported self-help organization founded by Keith Raniere.

Her expected plea comes after Nxivm co-founder Nancy Salzman and her daughter Lauren Salzman both pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy charges for their involvement in the group last month.

"I must take full responsibility for my conduct and that is why I am pleading guilty today", she said as she sobbed before apologizing to her family.

Fighting back tears, Mack said she had joined the organization, led by self-described spiritual guide Keith Raniere, a decade ago to find objective in life.

Mack is best known for her role as a young Superman's close friend on the series "Smallville". She confirmed that members are required to give their "master", or recruiter, naked photos of themselves and other blackmail material before joining. Mack entered her plea to racketeering charges on Monday, shortly before federal jury selection was scheduled to start in Brooklyn federal court.

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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Mack's lawyer didn't immediately return a request for comment.

She's facing up to life in prison under the current charges. According to NBC, it's unclear if she has a cooperation deal, but she's the third NXIVM member to plead guilty. A fifth defendant, the Seagram liquor fortune heiress Clare Bronfman, likely will be the only one besides Raniere to go to trial, Bronfman's attorney Mark Geragos has said in court, CBS News reports.

Last month, prosecutors unsealed new charges accusing Raniere of sexually exploiting a minor and coercing her to produce child pornography.

NXIVM claimed to have over 16,000 members in chapters nationwide, as well as in Canada and Mexico.

Raniere, who has been in custody since 2018, has pleaded not guilty to the charges against him.

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