Allison Mack "Smallville" actress pleads guilty today in NXIVM sex slave case

NXIVM leader Keith Raniere appears at left in a You Tube video still. Former

Allison is accused of being a "master" directly under leader Keith Raniere, and that she recruited "slaves" to engage in sexual acts with Raniere.

Court papers allege the purported self-help group formed a secret society of women who were branded with the initials of the founder, Keith Raniere, and forced to have sex with him.

"I must take full responsibility for my conduct".

The indictment released past year claimed many so-called slaves were branded on their pelvic areas using a cauterizing pen with a symbol which, unbeknownst to them, incorporated Raniere's initials. Jury selection as scheduled to begin shortly in her case.

The freaky story of Smallville actress Allison Mack's involvement in alleged "sex cult" NXIVM took a new turn on Monday.

Along with Raniere, Seagram's heiress Clare Bronfman still faces racketeering charges related ot the operation of NXIVM. Former NXIVM executive Nancy Salzman and her daughter, Lauren, have both entered pleas.

"I believed Keith Raniere's intentions were to help people, and I was wrong", she told a judge in federal court in Brooklyn, New York City, as she pleaded guilty to racketeering.

In a statement, Ms Mack admitted to recruiting women by telling them they were joining a female mentorship group.

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 previous year against members of Nxivm. 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. Mack's defense attorneys, meanwhile and according to Fox News, continue to argue that the alleged victims in this case "were not abused" (that's an odd approach after a defendant has already claimed authorship of a branding ritual).

Raniere, 58, was arrested on sex trafficking charges in March 2018, and is being held without bail. If convicted of those charges, she would have faced life in prison. According to NBC, it's unclear if she has a cooperation deal, but she's the third NXIVM member to plead guilty.

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