Allison Mack, best known for her years-long role as a young Superman’s friend, Chloe Sullivan, on the WB’s Smallville, pleaded guilty to racketeering and related conspiracy charges today for her role in a criminal endeavor involving the recruitment of women for sexual exploitation.
Mack tearfully told the judge that she began recruiting other women into a secret sect within Nxivm in which women were branded with Keith Raniere, the ring leader of the group’s initials and were forced to have sex with him.
“I was lost,” Ms. Mack said on Monday while pleading guilty to racketeering and racketeering conspiracy charges related to her role in the group, the New York Times reported.
Federal investigators accused Mack of recruiting and duping women into the sect she claimed to be a female mentorship group to address members’ weaknesses.
“The victims were then exploited, both sexually and for their labor, to the defendants’ benefit,” Richard P. Donoghue, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, alleged in a statement issued at the time of Mack’s arrest.
“Slaves” in the alleged operation described Mack as “incredibly intimidating, cruel and punitive,” a source close to two former DOS members told The Hollywood Reporter in a cover story, MSN.COM reported.
OUR FREE OPINION
This is an odd case in the sense that someone with Mack’s standing and noted accomplishments, could be manipulated to the point where she would share her exploiter’s goals. We find the case similar to the grip a pimp or “handler” has on his prostitute. We have previously argued that the legalization of prostitution would virtually eliminate the harm and danger in “typical” prostitution settings while understanding the myriad of scenarios that women who sell sex encounter. We cannot help but believe though, that decriminalizing the sex acts would help in Mack’s setting as well.