Smallville actress Allison Mack has pled guilty to racketeering and conspiracy charges for her involvement in the NXIVM sex cult. The actress previously pled not guilty to charges of sex trafficking, sex trafficking conspiracy, racketeering, racketeering conspiracy, forced labor conspiracy, and wire fraud conspiracy. If convicted for everything, Mack would face life behind bars. It appears Mack's lawyers were able to work out a deal with prosecutors, though the details surrounding the deal are not clear at this time.
Jury selection was to begin on the NXIVM sex cult case today, but Allison Mack came into court early to plead guilty. Mack apologized for her actions through tears and apologized to her family. She said she has spent the last year reflecting on her actions and takes "full responsibility" for them, which is why she chose the guilty plea. Mack concluded by saying, "I am and will be a better person as a result of this." The actress is all set to be sentenced on September 11th.
Allison Mack is believed to be the second-in-command of the NXIVM sex cult, just under co-founder and leader Keith Raniere, and brought women into the cult under the guise that it was a self-help group for women. Mack would then order these women to have sex or get involved in sexual situations with Raniere while she shot pictures and took video. She would then allegedly use the photographic evidence as collateral, threatening to release it to the world unless they did as she said. Mack would also have the women tied down and branded with her and Raniere's initials.
Late last year, Allison Mack and her lawyers were fighting the forced labor charges and used Scientology as their defense. The Smallville actress' lawyers argued that she could not be charged for forced labor because the Church of Scientology has never been brought up on charges for their practices. Her lawyers also argued her attempts to keep women in the NXIVM sex cult with blackmail was not a "threat of serious harm." Before her arrest, Mack said the aim of the cult was "women coming together and pledging to one another a full-time commitment to become our most powerful and embodied selves."
Keith Raniere is still awaiting trial for his involvement in the NXIVM as the co-founder and leader. In addition to his long list of charges, he is being charged with possession of child pornography. Mack could face up to 20 years in prison when she is sentenced later this year. With that being said, since she cut a deal, she will likely get that time cut in half, which is still a pretty hefty amount of time. This is a developing story and more news about the rest of the NXIVM sex cult trials will be dropping soon. Yahoo News was the first to report on the Allison Mack guilty plea.