While there have been various updates in the case against former Smallville star Allison Mack and her connection to an apparent sex cult, we walked away from detailing procedural events and mere gossip in anticipation of the bigger change to the case, which finally occurred early on Monday when Mack please guilty to one count of racketeering conspiracy and one count of racketeering.
According to Vulture, the actor 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.”
The Smallville and Wilfred veteran was arrested last year in connection with NXIVM, a self-help business that, allegedly, held within it a secret sect known as DOS. Working with NXIVM founder Keith Raniere, Mack allegedly recruited young women to be exploited “sexually and for their labor, to the defendants’ benefit” according to charges filed by the U.S. Attorney’s Office Eastern District of New York at the time. Mack is said to be the number two person in the organization after Raniere, who was arrested on March 26th, 2018. Both faced charges of of sex trafficking, sex trafficking conspiracy, and forced labor conspiracy with mandatory 15-year sentences if convicted.
Clearly, Mack was able to reduce those charges to racketeering, although it is currently unclear what sort of sentence she may yet face.
Other alleged DOS members include Seagram heirs Sara and Clare Bronfman and Battlestar Galactica‘s Nicki Clyne, who, according to the NXIVM watchdog website ArtVoice, married Mack in an attempt to avoid deportation back to Canada.
Parts of the story were detailed in the 2017 New York Times article “Inside a Secretive Group Where Women Are Branded,” which was optioned by Annapurna Television around the time of Mack’s arrest last year. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the company intends to adapt the article into a “one-hour fictionalized scripted series that is inspired by actual events.” So expected names and certain details to be changed while some of the more headline-worthy aspects — like the women being branded with the initials of Raniere and Mack — to be retained. Westworld‘s Shannon Woodward will serve as an executive producer with Annapurna’s Megan Ellison, Sue Naegle and Susan Goldberg.