Allison Mack, the ‘Smallville’ actress who recruited women into the cult-like group Nxivm and assisted prosecutors in convicting its leader of sex trafficking and other crimes, was released from federal prison this week after allegedly Served two years of a three-year sentence on racketeering and conspiracy charges.
His release was posted on the Federal Bureau of Prisons website on Monday. He was previously reported by the Albany Times Union newspaper.
At her sentencing in a Brooklyn court in 2021, a federal judge said Ms. Mack had used her status as a popular actress to lure women into her orbit to « recruit and groom them as sexual partners » for the group’s leader. Keith Raniere, and called her « an essential accomplice ».
Ms Mack, 40, was arrested in 2018. She pleaded guilty in 2019 to racketeering and conspiracy charges. Although she faced up to 17 years in prison, she received a shorter sentence after helping prosecutors who were pursuing a case against Mr. Raniere by handing over evidence.
Mr. Raniere was sentenced to 120 years in prison in 2020 for sex trafficking and other crimes. Some Nxivm women were sexually abused by him and some were branded with his initials in a secret ceremony.
Ms. Mack was best known as an actress for her role in the television series ‘Smallville’ which began in 2001 and ran for 10 seasons. She was involved with Nxivm and Mr. Raniere, and quickly became a high-ranking figure within the group, which was based in Albany, New York.
In court in 2019, Ms Mack admitted luring women into a clandestine subgroup within Nxivm by saying they would be part of a women’s mentorship scheme. Instead, officials said, she had recruited them into the society as « slaves » and some women were required to have sex with Mr. Raniere.
In a 2021 letter addressed to « those who have been harmed by my actions », Ms Mack said she felt ashamed of the decisions she made.
« I threw myself into Keith Raniere’s teachings with everything I had, » Ms. Mack wrote in a statement before her sentencing. “I wholeheartedly believed that this mentorship was leading me to a better, more enlightened version of myself.”
But he wrote, « This was the biggest mistake and regret of my life. »