SMALLVILLE star Allison Mack pleaded guilty today for her role in sex slave cult NXIVM.
A sobbing Mack, 36, appeared before a judge in New York, where she admitted to racketeering and racketeering conspiracy charges — including extortion and forced labour.
NXIVM claims to be a self-help group which gives classes and seminars that help clients on a path of personal and professional development.
An organisation called DOS, believed to be short for “dominus obsequious sororium” – Latin for the “master over the slave women”, is allegedly a shady group within NXIVM.
STARVATION AND BRANDING
Prosecutors allege that women in DOS were kept on starvation diets, branded with the leader’s initials and groomed to have sex with him.
Mack confessed to being part of DOS, admitting that she kept a slave and instructed women in the group “to perform services for me.”
She said the system was “designed to make them think they could suffer serious harm” if they didn’t perform the services — because they’d handed over damaging collateral to DOS such as nude photos and financial details.
A tearful Mack told the judge: “I’m here to plead guilty before your honour,” weeping so much that Judge Nicholas Garaufis stopped to offer her tissues.
‘I AM VERY SORRY’
She continued: “I must take full responsibility for my conduct. I am very sorry for my role in this case. I am very sorry to my family and to the good people I hurt through my misguided adherence to [NXIVM leader] Keith Raniere’s teachings.”
“I was a member of a secret society founded by Keith Raniere.
“I concealed Keith Raniere’s role as the head of DOS.”
Asked if she had a clear head, she admitted she “had one beer last night.”
Mack faces 20 years in prison under the charges she pleaded guilty to Monday.
It was not clear if she has a cooperation deal with the government, and her lawyers declined to comment.
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Mack was among six people arrested last year over their roles in NXIVM, including Raniere and Seagram’s booze heiress Clare Bronfman, who helped fund the organization with her vast fortune.
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.
Lauren was also a “master” in DOS — and has admitted to keeping her own personal slave locked in a room for two years — while Nancy confessed to hacking into emails of the group’s perceived enemies and destroying evidence that could be used against it.
A version of this story originally appeared on New York Post.
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