‘Smallville’ actress Allison Mack sentenced to 3 years in prison over NXIVM sex cult case
Actress Allison Mack on Wednesday was sentenced to three years in prison for her role in the NXIVM sex cult, according to The Associated Press.
During her sentencing hearing, Mack told the judge that devoting herself to NXIVM group leader Keith Raniere was “the biggest mistake and greatest regret of my life.” She also apologized to the victims she lured into the cult.
“I made choices I will forever regret,” Mack said in the AP report. She also told the judge she was filled with “remorse and guilt.”
The “Smallville” actress originally faced a sentence of 14 to 17 1/2 years in prison, but her defense team argued that probation or home confinement would be more appropriate, and prosecutors agreed that any prison term should be lower due to her cooperation.
Mack, 38, pleaded guilty to charges of manipulating women into becoming sex slaves for NXIVM’s spiritual leader. She was once a part of the inner circle of NXIVM, a cult that marketed itself as a self-help program that counted millionaires and celebrities among its members, according to the AP.
Mack shared with authorities how Raniere, 60, used “demeaning and derogatory language” to humiliate slaves and provided recordings of her and Raniere discussing the branding of the slaves, according to government documents.
Prosecutors also said that Mack was the “master” of the slaves, ordering them to “perform labor, take nude photographs, and in some cases, to engage in sex acts with Raniere.”
Raniere, whom authorities arrested in March 2018, was convicted and sentenced to 120 years in prison on sex trafficking charges in 2020, the AP noted.