Actress Allison Mack pleads guilty to charges in Nxivm ‘sex cult’ case
Actress Allison Mack has pleaded guilty in the Nxivm sex cult case, having changed the not guilty plea she entered a year ago.
German-born Mack, 36, is facing charges including sex trafficking, identity fraud and money laundering for her alleged role in running a sex slave cult in Albany, New York.
Court papers allege the purported self-help group formed a secret society of women who were branded with the initials of the founder, Keith Raniere, and forced to have sex with him.
Mack was accused of being one of the leaders and recruiters to the cult, and jury selection for the trial began on Monday.
She pleaded not guilty in April 2018, but on Monday changed her plea in Brooklyn federal court.
She pleaded guilty to Counts one and two – racketeering conspiracy and racketeering.
She faces a maximum of 40 years in prison – 20 years on each count – when she is sentenced by Judge Garaufis on September 11.
Mack was charged along with Raneire, wealthy Seagram heiress Clare Bronfman, and the group’s bookkeeper, Kathy Russell. All have pleaded not guilty.
Two other women charged in the case, former Nxivm executive Nancy Salzman and her daughter, Lauren, have already pleaded guilty.
Salzman admitted holding a women from Mexico hostage in an upstate home for more than two years under threat of having her deported "if she did not complete labor requested by myself and others," according to the court transcript.