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

Allison Mack of Smallville to Plead Guilty in Nxivm Sex Trafficking Case

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

NXIVM (pronounced "nexium") claimed to be a self-help group, but federal authorities say a women's only group within NXIVM - DOS - instead groomed female members to have sex with NXIVM founder Keith Raniere.

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 a year ago against members of Nxivm.

Mack also explained why she was drawn to NXIVM, founded by Keith Raniere, who is charged with sex trafficking and possessing child pornography.

According to documents filed with the NY court last month, Mack was "engaged in negotiations with the government regarding a potential pretrial resolution of her case".

Mack could be entering into a cooperation agreement.

"I believed Keith Raniere's intentions were to help people", Ms Mack said in court on 8 April.

Raniere, who was arrested in March 2018, faces the same charges plus wire fraud and racketeering. He has pleaded not guilty to sex trafficking and forced labor charges.

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According to court documents, the secret society allegedly operated as a pyramid scheme, with levels of "slaves", headed by "masters"; slaves were then expected to recruit their own slaves, thus becoming masters themselves.

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.

Mack, who appeared Monday at the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District, in Brooklyn, previously pleaded not guilty on charges including sex trafficking and conspiracy to commit sex trafficking and forced labor.

NXIVM marketed itself as a personal development group and multi-level marketing company that offered seminars and training for what it called "Executive Success Programs".

Mack was among six people arrested past year over their roles in Nxivm, including Raniere and Seagram's liquor heiress Claire Bronfman, who helped fund the organisation with her vast fortune.

Raniere earlier pleaded not guilty to all other charges against him in the case.

The judge scheduled Mack's sentencing for September 11.

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