TV actor Allison Mack, who played a key role in cult group Nxivm, was sentenced to three years in prison on Wednesday for manipulating women into sex “slaves” for the group’s spiritual leader .
Mack – best known for her role as a close friend of a young Superman on the Smallville series – had previously pleaded guilty to the charges and was to claim credit for cooperating against Nxivm frontman Keith Raniere and taking the responsibility for helping him create a secret. society of brainwashed women with their initials.
Upon his conviction in federal court in Brooklyn, Mack waived Raniere.
“I made choices that I will regret forever,” she said, also telling the judge that she was filled with “remorse and guilt”.
Devoting herself to the personal development guru “has been the biggest mistake and the biggest regret of my life,” she wrote in a letter filed with the court last week.
“I’m sorry for those of you I brought to Nxivm,” she wrote. “I’m sorry to have already exposed you to the nefarious and emotionally abusive ploys of a crooked man.”
She reiterated her apologies to the victims in court on Wednesday: “From the bottom of my heart and soul, I am sorry. “
Under the Sentencing Advisory Guidelines, Mack could face between 14 and 17.5 years behind bars, but his defense team have argued in court documents that a probation or house arrest sentence is more appropriate. Prosecutors had agreed that any jail time would have to be less than the guidelines range because of his cooperation.
“The Nxivm saga and the story of Ms. Mack’s descent were a tragedy for everyone involved. But that shouldn’t and shouldn’t be the end of the story for Allison Mack, ”her lawyers wrote in court documents.
Mack, 38, was once part of Raniere’s inner circle, whose group attracted millionaires and actors to its membership. Prosecutors said she had become a “master” to the “slaves” she ordered “to do the work, take nude photos and, in some cases, engage in sexual acts with them. Raniere ”.
As authorities moved closer to Raniere, he fled to Mexico with Mack and others in an attempt to reassemble the group there. He was arrested and sent to the United States in March 2018; Mack was arrested a few days later.
“Ms Mack now understands that this was the best thing that could have happened to her at that time,” the defense documents said.
Mack provided information to prosecutors on how Raniere encouraged “the use of demeaning and derogatory language, including racial slurs, to humiliate ‘slaves’,” government newspapers said. More importantly, she provided a recording of a conversation she had with Raniere about the brand, they added.
The branding should involve “a kind of vulnerable position” with “the hands probably above the head held, almost as if they were tied, as sacrificial, whatever,” Raniere told him. Women, he added, “should say, ‘Please mark me. It would be an honor. ‘ Or something like that.”
Raniere was sentenced last year to 120 years in prison for his conviction for sex trafficking.