Smallville star Allison Mack gets prison sentence over role in cult

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Photo credit: Jemal Countess - Getty Images

The following article contains allegations of sexual misconduct that some readers may find distressing.

Former Smallville star Allison Mack will do prison time for her role in the NXIVM cult.

The United States Attorney's office for the Eastern District of New York announced on Twitter on Wednesday (June 30) that the actress had been sentenced to three years behind bars.

Mack will also be required to pay a fine of $20,000, according to a plea deal approved by a New York federal judge. Back in 2019, Mack entered a guilty plea and began cooperating with investigators.

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Photo credit: Drew Angerer - Getty Images

Because of her testimony against NXIVM leader Keith Raniere, prosecutors asked the judge for leniency on a potential 17-year prison sentence that Mack was facing.

Her cooperation included turning over a recorded conversation with Raniere about a policy of branding women involved in a secret subgroup of women within NXIVM.

Mack had pled guilty to racketeering charges, and acknowledged she blackmailed two women involved with the group in order to get them to comply with NXIVM.

Ahead of her sentencing on Wednesday, Mack released a statement to publicly apologise to her victims and other women who were victimised by Raniere — who was convicted last year of sex trafficking charges, among numerous other criminalities. He has been sentenced to as much as 120 years in prison, all told.

Photo credit: Jemal Countess - Getty Images
Photo credit: Jemal Countess - Getty Images

Mack's lawyer said: "She cannot undo what has been done, and she will have to live with the regret for the rest of her life. But Ms. Mack still holds the potential to be valuable to society – as a family member, as a friend, as a helper to those in need and as a cautionary tale."

Numerous documentaries have explored Mack and other celebrities' roles in NXIVM, including HBO's The Vow and Starz's Seduced: Inside the NXIVM Cult.

The BBC World Service's Outlook programme premiered its own four-part series on NXIVM in May.

If you've been affected by the issues raised in this story, you can access more information from Rape Crisis England and Wales, who work towards the elimination of all forms of sexual violence and sexual misconduct, on their website or by calling the National Rape Crisis Helpline on 0808 802 9999. Rape Crisis Scotland’s helpline number is 08088 01 03 02.

Readers in the US are encouraged to contact RAINN, or the National Sexual Assault Hotline on 800-656-4673.

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