'Smallville' actress Allison Mack pleads guilty in sex cult case

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

Mack - who is facing charges including sex trafficking, identity fraud and money laundering for her alleged role in running a slave ring within the Albany-area organization - is scheduled to change her previous not guilty plea in Brooklyn federal court at 11:30 a.m.

"I must take full responsibility for my conduct and that is why I am pleading guilty today", she said as she sobbed before apologizing to her family.

According to The Associated Press, Mack pleaded guilty to racketeering.

Potential jurors will fill out questionnaires in Brooklyn federal court in the sex trafficking case against Keith Raniere and co-defendants, including "Smallville" actress Allison Mack.

Nancy Salzman, who co-founded Nxvim with Raniere, pleaded guilty on March 13 to racketeering conspiracy in the case, insisting to a judge that despite her plea, "I still believe some of what we did was good", reports the Times Union. Mack is accused of helping Raniere operate a sub-sect of the group called Dominus Obsequious Sororium (DOS), in which women were allegedly kept as his sex slaves, forced into starvation diets, and branded with Raniere and Mack's initials.

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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".

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

Mack was arrested in April 2018 and charged for her alleged involvement with an organization called Nxivm, a group that claimed to be a self-help program but was, in reality, a pyramid scheme in which some recruits were exploited "both sexually and for their labor, to the defendants' benefit", according to USA attorney Richard P. Donoghue.

Other NXIVM members reportedly included former "Dynasty" star Catherine Oxenberg's daughter India Oxenberg and "Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li" star Kristin Kreuk. She has pleaded not guilty to the charges and was released last July on $100-million bail.

There was no mention at the plea hearing of any agreement by Mack to cooperate with prosecutors against Raniere, who is expected to go on trial later this month. It is unclear how she will plead.

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