"Smallville" actress Allison Mack on Monday pleaded guilty to blackmailing two women as part of an alleged NY sex cult that prosecutors called a racketeering operation that carried out sex trafficking and other crimes.
Prosecutors have accused Mack of recruiting sex slaves for Raniere and his cult-like organization called NXIVM.
Mack said that at the cult leader's instruction, she obtained compromising information and images of two unidentified women that she threatened to make public if they did not have sex with Raniere.
"I believed Keith Raniere's intentions were to help people", Ms Mack said in court on 8 April. Mack played Chloe Sullivan, a close friend of the future Superman whose romantic feelings were not reciprocated.
Mack entered her plea to racketeering charges on Monday, shortly before federal jury selection was scheduled to start in Brooklyn federal court.
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Mack was believed to be the leader of DOS, described as a "secret sorority" that allegedly brainwashed members, put them on starvation diets and beat them if they don't recruit enough "slaves". Kreuk, who also appeared on "Smallville", reportedly recruited Mack but later left the group.
According to The Associated Press, Mack pleaded guilty to racketeering.
The indictment released a year ago 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. A fifth defendant, the Seagram liquor fortune heiress Clare Bronfman, likely will be the only one besides Raniere to go to trial, Bronfman's attorney Mark Geragos has said in court, CBS News reports. Although the charges that Mack pleaded guilty to are both considered white collar crimes, these could net her up to a few decades in prison. "Determining the truth is extremely important to me, and I can say firmly that neither NXIVM nor Keith have abused or coerced anyone".
Raniere, who has been in custody since 2018, has pleaded not guilty to the charges against him. She has pleaded not guilty to the charges and was released last July on $100-million bail.