“Smallville” actress Allison Mack was just sentenced to three years in prison on charges of manipulating women into becoming sex slaves for NXIVM cult leader Keith Raniere, who was convicted of sex trafficking and sentenced to 120 years in 2019.
Allison Mack was a high-ranking member of the cult group Nxivm, also must serve 3 years of supervised release after serving her prison sentence and must pay a $20,000 fine. In Mack’s letter submitted as part of the sentencing memorandum, she apologized to people she hurt.
“I am sorry to those of you that I brought into Nxivm,” Mack wrote. “I am sorry I ever exposed you to the nefarious and emotionally abusive schemes of a twisted man.”Mack has been under house arrest at her parents’ home for the past three years after her arrest. She was looking at 15 years but she made a deal with the prosecutors sealing Raniere’s fate.
Sentencing guidelines recommended a range of 14-17.5 years in prison for Mack.
Prosecutors had asked US District Judge Nicholas Garaufis to give her below the recommended range because of “substantial assistance” she gave the government in the investigation and prosecution of others, they said in a court filing. Mack’s attorneys had asked for her to receive no prison time.
Garaufis called Mack “an essential accomplice” and a “willing and proactive ally” of Raniere, but also said, “I don’t doubt that you were manipulated and also felt captive.”
He said he granted the prosecutors’ request for a lesser sentence but wanted to impose a sentence that would still be fair to the seriousness of the crime and to deter others from doing anything similar.
CNN has reached out to Mack’s attorneys for comment on the sentence.
Nxivm was a company in Albany, New York, that touted “self-help” classes. But prosecutors said within the organization, a secretive, female-only group was created that ultimately led to some women being branded with Raniere and Mack’s initials and being coerced into giving compromising information, including nude photos, to the group’s leaders on a regular basis.
The group, known as DOS, involved several women who were known as “first-line masters,” who reported directly to Raniere and recruited other women as their slaves, according to testimony at the trial. Unbeknownst to many of the women, Raniere was the head of the group, and women were, at times, directed to have sex with him and send him nude photographs.
“Smallville” actress Allison Mack has been sentenced to three years in prison on charges of manipulating women into becoming sex slaves for NXIVM cult leader Keith Raniere, who was convicted of sex trafficking and sentenced to 120 years in 2019. pic.twitter.com/SdQe4VWVwL— Newsweek (@Newsweek) June 30, 2021
BREAKING: “Smallville” actor Allison Mack sentenced to three years in prison in the NXIVM sex-slave case. Mack had previously pleaded guilty to charges she manipulated women into becoming sex slaves for the group’s spiritual leader, Keith Raniere. https://t.co/OMpAV24c4T— The Associated Press (@AP) June 30, 2021