Allison Mack pleaded guilty to charges related to sex- trafficking for her involvement with controversial “self-help” group named Nxivm (pronounced as Nexium) on Monday.
The actress, 36, famous for her role as Chloe Sullivan in American tv show Smallville, appearing in Brooklyn federal court admitted she manipulated women into becoming sex slaves for the cult led by Keith Raniere in upstate New York.
Allison Mack suffered a breakdown in court, tearfully apologizing for her behaviour. She also explained she joined the sect back in 2006 because she was not satisfied with her career and was looking for a purpose in her life.
She said: “I have come to the conclusion that I must take full responsibility for my conduct and that’s why I am pleading guilty today. […] I believed Keith Raniere’s intentions were to help people. And I was wrong. […] I know I can be a better person.”
Reportedly, Mack is one of six people facing charges as part of the investigation into the cult which operated disguised as a mentoring group in Albany.
While women were convinced by Mack and other adepts to join a self-help and life coaching group, the real purpose was that of finding and grooming sexual partners for founder Reniere, who was arrested and charged for sex-trafficking in March 2018.
As reported by the New York Post, Allison Mack, who had previously pleaded not guilty and now with her turnaround can avoid a high-profile trial, was reportedly invited into the sect by former Smallville co-star Kristen Kreuk.
According to NBC New York, the actress, accused by prosecutors of racketeering and racketeering conspiracy, faces 20 years on each count when she is sentenced in September 2019.