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Allison Mack, a TV actress well known for her role in a Superman spin-off series “Smallville”, will appear in Brooklyn’s federal court on Wednesday for recruiting women for a spiritual cult, NXIVM.
The 38-year-old faces charges of sex trafficking, sex trafficking conspiracy, and forced labour conspiracy, for which she pleaded guilty to in April 2019, following her arrest in 2018.
It could see the former TV star sentenced for 14 aan 17.5 jare, although she is expected to seek credit for cooperating with the case against NXIVM’s leader Keith Raniere.
He was sentenced to 120 years in jail last year for sex-trafficking and for demeaning and abusing women who became “slaves” for him.
Ms Mack wrote in an apology to victims of NXIVM that it “was the biggest mistake and greatest regret of my life”.
“I am sorry to those of you that I brought into NXIVM,” wrote the former actress. “I am sorry I ever exposed you to the nefarious and emotionally abusive schemes of a twisted man.”
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As part of the argument from Allison Mack’s lawyers and federal prosecutors for a reduced sentenced, her cooperation with the case against NXIVM’s leader was cited as a crucial factor.
In a memo first reported byVariety, federal prosecutors acknowledged that Ms Mack had helped the prosecution by providing audio tapes of Keith Raniere that proved he knew the so-called “slaves” were branded with his initials.
Acting US Attorney Jacquelyn M Kasulis and Assistant US Attorney Tanya Hajjar wrote to Brooklyn’s federal court last week outlining the actresses’ cooperation while also recognising “the seriousness of the offence conduct in this case, which caused extraordinary harm and pain to the victims”.
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Lawyers for Mack ask for reduced sentence
Allison Mack has asked Brooklyn’s federal court for a reduced sentence on Wednesday, which could see her face no jail time for her role as a “master” of a sex cult.
Lawyers for the 38-year-old told the judge that she was “earnestly dedicated to her rehabilitation” after renouncing former NXIVM cult leader Keith Raniere, who she recruited “slaves” for.
Ms Mack, who has been under house arrest for more than three years at her family home in Orange County, Kalifornië, was said to have worked on herself since her arrest.
She has earned a degree from an unnamed college, and taken-on a job at a catering business, as Variety berig.
“Therefore [Ms Mack] respectfully asks the Court to permit her to continue down this path of growth and reform by imposing a sentence without incarceration, and which would permit her to continue her academic studies,” the letter from her lawyers, asks.
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As Die Onafhanklike s'n Clémence Michallon writes: Of her involvement with NXIVM, she told the court at a 2019 plea hearing: “I joined NXIVM first to find purpose. I was lost and I wanted to find a place, a community in which I would feel comfortable.” More recently, in a pre-sentencing statement published by Variety, she apologised to “those who have been harmed by my actions”.
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Mack apologises ahead of sentencing
Allison Mack issued an apology to victims of the NXIVM sex cult on Saturday — days before her sentencing in Brooklyn’s federal court for sex trafficking.
Ms Mack, who has pleaded guilty to the charges, said she has “experienced overwhelming shame” for her role in the sex cult, and that she had worked on herself since her arrest in 2018.
“I threw myself into the teachings of Keith Raniere with everything I had…I believed, wholeheartedly, that his mentorship was leading me to a better, more enlightened version of myself. I devoted my loyalty, my resources, en, ultimately, my life to him. This was the biggest mistake and regret of my life…”
How the ‘Smallville’ star helped the case against Raniere
Allison Mack provided information to prosecutors about how Keith Raniere, the leader of NXIVM, encouraged “the use of demeaning and derogatory language, including racial slurs, to humiliate ‘slaves,’” according to court papers.
The 38-year-old also provided a recording of a conversation she had with Raniere about the branding for NXIVM, which he said should involve “a vulnerable position type of a thing”.
“Almost like being tied down, like sacrificial, whatever,”said Rainere to Ms Mack, who at that time was in the cult leader’s inner circle. He was sentenced to 120 years in prison last year for sex trafficking.
Mack facing up to 17.5 years in jail for NXIVM
Under advisory sentencing guidelines, Allison Mack could face between 14 en 17.5 years behind bars for her role in the sex cult, NXIVM.
Her defence team has argued in court papers that probation or a sentence to home confinement is more appropriate, and prosecutors have agreed that any prison term should be below the guidelines range because of her cooperation with the case against NXIVM’s leader, Keith Raniere.
Ms Mack, aged 38, became a “master” for “slaves” she ordered “to perform labor, take nude photographs, and in some cases, to engage in sex acts with Raniere”, court papers allege.
She has pleaded guilty to charges of sex trafficking following her arrest in 2018, and in recent days issued an apology for her role in the sex cult.
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