NEW YORK (AP) - TV actress Allison Mack pleaded guilty Monday to charges she was involved in a scheme to turn women into sex slaves for the spiritual leader of a cult-like upstate New York group, a development that came on the same day jury selection began for a federal trial in the case.
Allison Mack first achieved fame in the early aughts, when she was cast as an original character on the TV series Smallville; the second time her name started popping up in the news with increasing frequency was in April 2018, when she was arrested by the FBI for her suspected involvement in NXIVM, an organization that allegedly brainwashed, manipulated, and blackmailed women into being "sex slaves."
NXIVM, an organization that allegedly brainwashed and blackmailed women into being "sex slaves," has crumbled in the past year. In March 2018, its founder, Keith Raniere, was arrested and charged with sex trafficking for his role in the group, which then set off a domino effect: In the ensuing months, federal prosecutors would go on to charge more and more people for their alleged involvement, some of whom havenow begun to plead guilty.
When Smallville actress Allison Mack arrived to court Thursday in the NXIVM sex-cult case, she and Seagram's liquor heiress Clare Bronfman acted more like recently reunited friends from an upstate summer camp than alleged cultists.