Former ‘Smallville’ actress Allison Mack says her role in the NXIVM sex cult was the ‘greatest regret’ of her life just days before sentencing
Allison Mack apologized for her role in the NXIVM sex cult in a new letter, Variety reported.
Mack, 38, is scheduled for sentencing on June 30.
She pleaded guilty in April 2019 after she was arrested in 2018.
Just days before Allison Mack will be sentenced for her role in the NXIVM sex cult, the former “Smallville” actress apologized to the victims in a letter.
In a letter obtained by Variety, Mack addressed “those who have been harmed by my actions.” She said being placed on home confinement allowed her the “opportunity” 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 for me to say, from the bottom of my heart, I am so sorry,” Mack, 38, wrote.
She continued: “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.”
The letter also referenced “those harmed by the collateral damage of my destructive choices,” noting that Mack apologized for exposing others to “the nefarious and emotionally abusive schemes of a twisted man.”
Mack concluded the letter by insisting she will work to be a kind, more understanding woman.
“Please know that I am dedicated to spending my life working to mend the hearts I broke and continuing to transform myself into a more loving and compassionate woman,” she wrote.
Representatives for Mack did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.
A memo viewed by Variety showed that Mack’s attorneys also asked for leniency and requested she avoids jail time because her life has been “turned around.” After her arrest, Mack obtained an associate’s degree from a community college and enrolled at UC Berkeley, the outlet reported.
Mack “therefore respectfully asks the Court to permit her to continue down this path of growth and reform by imposing a sentence without incarceration, and which would permit her to continue her academic studies,” the letter said.
Prosecutors alleged that Mack procured women for a cult-like group within NXIVM that recruited sex slaves for the leader, Keith Raniere, in upstate New York. At one hearing, Mack said she secured compromising information and photos about two women, then threatened to share the items if they didn’t perform “so-called acts of love.”
The group was also known to brand some women in NXIVM, which was outwardly pushed as a self-improvement multi-level marketing company.
Former members described being brainwashed, exploited, and branded with Raniere’s initials. After multiple women pressed charges and shared their experiences in a 2017 New York Times exposé on the group, Raniere traveled to Mexico, where he was arrested in 2018.
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