Jury selection to begin in NXIVM sex cult trial

Allison Mack of Smallville to Plead Guilty in Nxivm Sex Trafficking Case

Mack, who appeared Monday at the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District, in Brooklyn, previously pleaded not guilty on charges including sex trafficking and conspiracy to commit sex trafficking and forced labor.

"I'm very sorry for the victims of this case", Allision said. "I am very sorry to my family and to the good people I hurt through my misguided adherence to [Nxivm leader] Keith Raniere's teachings", Mack said.

"Allison Mack recruited women to join what was purported to be a female mentorship group that was, in fact, created and led by Keith Raniere", Richard Donoghue, US attorney for the Eastern District in NY, said in a statement past year.

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Mack, 36, is accused of helping Nxivm leader Keith Raniere run a secret group within Nxivm called DOS, in which women allegedly were kept on starvation diets, branded with Raniere's initials and groomed to have sex with him.

The charge sprung from a group called NXIVM, of which members allegedly recruited sex slaves for its spiritual leader.

Mack - best known for her role as a young Superman's close friend on the series "Smallville" - said that after months of reflection since her arrest, "I know I can and will be a better person". She confirmed that members are required to give their "master", or recruiter, naked photos of themselves and other blackmail material before joining.

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Raniere was arrested on sex trafficking charges in March past year and is being held without bail. If convicted of those charges, she would have faced life in prison. Mack is scheduled to be sentenced on September 11 this year.

Two members of Raniere's inner circle have pleaded guilty, while Mack and two other co-defendants are seeking separate trials.

Also charged alongside Raniere are Seagram's liquor heiress Clare Bronfman and NXIVM member Kathy Russell, who have pleaded not guilty. In an expose by The Hollywood Reporter, people involved with the New York-based organization described Mack "as incredibly intimidating, cruel and punitive", and claimed she "threatened to release the collateral she had gathered on them if they didn't sleep with Raniere". Meanwhile, a former flatmate told THR she believed Mack was brainwashed: "I don't think she was thinking she was actually trafficking girls". She pleaded not guilty at the time.

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