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Actress Allison Mack pleads guilty

Actress Allison Mack pleads guilty

Actress Allison Mack pleaded guilty Monday to charges related to her involvement in the Albany, New York-based sex cult NXIVM.

The weird story of Smallville actress Allison Mack's involvement in alleged "sex cult" NXIVM took a new turn on Monday.

Fighting back tears, Mack said she had joined Nxivm, led by self-described spiritual guide Keith Raniere, a decade ago to find objective in life. All have pleaded not guilty and denied any wrongdoing.

"I believed Keith Raniere's intentions were to help people, and I was wrong", she said in court, according to The Associated Press, promising to "be a better person" in the future.

Mack, 36, entered her plea to racketeering and conspiracy charges before US District Judge Nicholas Garaufis in Brooklyn federal court. His defence team argued that the alleged sexual relationships were consensual.

The judge accepted Mack's plea and set her sentencing for September 11. E!

Clare Bronfman, an heiress of the Seagram's liquor empire, arrives at the Brooklyn Federal Courthouse, for her trial regarding sex trafficking and racketeering related to the Nxivm cult in the Brooklyn borough of NY, U.S., January 9, 2019.

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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.

Prosecutors said Mack served as Raniere's "master" who "directly or implicitly required [recruits] to have sex with" him, the legal complaint stated.

This all happened just ahead of jury selection today and opening statements scheduled for April 29.

Last month, prosecutors revealed new charges accusing Raniere of sexually exploiting a minor and coercing her to produce child pornography.

On Monday, she pleaded guilty to racketeering in connection with the cult. She is facing 20 years in prison if convicted on the current charges.

Her plea change also comes after NXIVM co-founder Nancy Salzman and her daughter Lauren Salzman pleaded guilty to racketeering and conspiracy charges.

The trial is expected to detail sensational allegations that the group, called NXIVM (NEHK'-see-uhm), recruited sex slaves for its spiritual leader, Keith Raniere.