On Monday inside Brooklyn Federal Court, Smallville actress Allison Mack pleaded guilty to manipulating women into becoming sex slaves for the group's spiritual leader, Keith Raniere. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton Actress Allison Mack departs the Brooklyn Federal Courthouse after facing charges regarding sex trafficking and racketeering related to the Nxivm cult case in ny, U.S., April 8, 2019. Mack was arrested by federal authorities a year ago, and prosecutors allege that she recruited women to be sex slaves for the group's founder, Keith Raniere.
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.
"Through it all, I believed Keith Raniere's intentions were to help people", she said.
Mack, who played Superman's friend Chloe Sullivan on The CW TV series, admitted to keeping a slave and instructing women "to perform services for me".
Mack entered her plea to racketeering charges on today, shortly before federal jury selection was scheduled to start in Brooklyn federal court.
Mack had pleaded guilty to the charges against her, along with Russell and Lauren Salzman.
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". Authorities said the women were branded by a surgical tool with a symbol that resembled Raniere's initials.
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.
Raniere has pleaded not guilty. Seagram's liquor heiress Clare Bronfman faces charges for her alleged involvement. Defense attorneys insisted that any relationship between the cult leader and the women was consensual. If convicted of those charges, she would have faced life in prison.
Raniere, 58, was arrested on sex trafficking charges in March 2018, and is being held without bail. She has pleaded not guilty and was released on a $100 million bond, according to the Associated Press.