'Smallville' star Allison Mack pleads guilty in Upstate NY sex cult case

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

Smallville actress Allison Mack pleaded guilty in a NY court Monday to racketeering charges related to her role in a cult-like group whose leader has been accused of sex-trafficking.

The actress, who was arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in April of a year ago, was brought in on charges of sex trafficking, conspiracy of sex trafficking, and forced labor conspiracy in relation to the organization that she had reportedly been a part of since 2010.

She was among six people indicted past year for their roles in running the controversial group led by Keith Raniere, who prosecutors say ran a master-slave ring within the organization with Mack's help. I believed Keith Raniere's intentions were to help people.

Prosecutors built a case in which Mack allegedly served as second-in-charge of the alleged cult, in which she "directly or implicitly required her slaves ... to engage in sexual activity with Raniere".

The women were allegedly forced to perform services under the threat of serious harm, adhere to strict diets of only 900 calories a day, and endure a ceremony in which Raniere's initials were branded into their skin with a hot cauterizing pen. Until the Salzmans' guilty pleas, officials and associates had repeatedly denied all wrongdoing and disputed allegations that it is a cult.

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The actress had previously pleaded not guilty to charges of sex trafficking, sex trafficking conspiracy, racketeering, racketeering conspiracy, forced labor conspiracy, and wire fraud conspiracy, Yahoo News reported.

Mack is best known for her role as a young Superman's close friend on the series "Smallville".

A spokesperson for the Eastern District Court told The Epoch Times that Mack now faces "up to 40 years in prison when she is sentenced".

Almost a year since being arrested, Allison Mack has entered her plea.

Defence lawyers have insisted any relationship between Raniere and the alleged victims, including an unidentified actress and other women expected to give evidence against him at trial, was consensual. Mack has said in an interview that the group emphasized self-discipline and self-empowerment and she likened the branding to getting a tattoo, but cooler. Jury selection as scheduled to begin shortly in her case. His co-defendants have since sought separate trials and engaged in plea negotiations.

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