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'Smallville' actress Allison Mack starts prison sentence in NXIVM sex cult case

2021-09-26 Source:www.usatoday.com Author:Associated Press

TV actor Allison Mack, who played a key role in the cultlike group NXIVM, has surrendered to a California prison to serve her sentence in a New York case against the group’s spiritual leader.

Mack, best known for her role as a young Superman’s close friend on “Smallville,” was sentenced to three years behind bars in June. She had previously pleaded guilty to the charges she manipulated women into becoming sex slaves for NXIVM leader Keith Raniere.

A prison website showed Thursday that she had entered a low-security facility in Dublin, California, about 35 miles east of San Francisco.

Mack, 39, dodged a longer prison term by becoming a government cooperator in the federal case. Prosecutors credited her with helping them mount evidence showing how Raniere created a secret society of brainwashed women who were branded with his initials.

'I am so sorry':Allison Mack calls role in NXIVM sex cult case her 'biggest mistake' days before sentencing

In June, the former "Smallville" actress issued an apology days before she was scheduled to be sentenced for her role in the NXIVM sex cult.

In a letter obtained by The Hollywood Reporter and Variety, addressed to "those who have been harmed by my actions," Mack expressed regret for her actions and reflected on the "opportunity" of her house arrest to "confront the darkest parts of myself and come to terms with the pain my actions have inflicted on so many people I love."

"It is now of paramount importance to me to say, from the bottom of my heart, I am so sorry," she wrote at the time. "I threw myself into the teachings of Keith Raniere with everything I had. I believed, whole-heartedly, that his mentorship was leading me to a better, more enlightened version of myself. I devoted my loyalty, my resources, and, ultimately, my life to him. This was the biggest mistake and greatest regret of my life."

Raniere was sentenced last October to 120 years in prison for his role in leading the criminal enterprise that included a cult-like sorority where women were sexually exploited and branded with his initials. In 2019, Mack signed a plea agreement in Brooklyn federal court, admitting to racketeering crimes in her role as a high-ranking leader in subgroup DOS that could put her behind bars for years.

Source: https://www.usatoday.com/story/entertainment/celebrities/2021/09/16/allison-mack-smallville-star-enters-prison-nxivm-sex-cult-case/8365476002/