Former Smallville star Allison Mack has been sentenced to three years prison on racketeering charges related to her involvement with sex cult NXIVM.
Previously it was reported that federal prosecutors had asked for leniency due to Mack’s help in convicting NXIVM founder Keith Raniere.
Allison Mack supplied damning audio of Raniere discussing the cult’s notorious “branding rituals”, which involved female members being cauterized with a symbol near their genitals. In October 2020, Raniere was sentenced to 120 years in prison.
While it was originally reported that Allison Mack faced up to 14 years in prison, lawyers for Mack had asked US District Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis for no jail time, pointing out that Mack knows she has “committed grievous wrongs and that she has earned her punishment.”
According to Reuters, Judge Garaufis agreed with federal prosecutors that Mack did deserve credit for supplying evidence against Raniere, and handed down a three-year sentence at a Brooklyn court, much lower than the federal guidelines for her charges which sit at 14 years.
However, Judge Garaufis rejected her lawyers’ request for home confinement or probation, pointing out that Allison Mack was “an essential accomplice” in Raniere’s “monstrous crimes”.
Per Reuters, Mack had admitted during her guilty plea that she coerced two women into doing unpaid work by threatening to release damaging information about them.
Earlier in the week, Allison Mack told the court that manipulating women for Raniere “was the biggest mistake and regret of my life.”
She also apologised to victims of NXIVM, saying “I am sorry I ever exposed you to the nefarious and emotionally abusive schemes of a twisted man. I am sorry that I encouraged you to use your resources to participate in something that was ultimately so ugly.” Reuters reports that the judge also believed Mack’s remorse was genuine.
Allison Mack is expected to begin serving her sentence on September 29.