'Smallville' Actress Allison Says She Joined The Nxivm Cult Because She Was 'Lost'

Marissa Gainsburg
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Photo credit: Spencer Platt - Getty Images
Photo credit: Spencer Platt - Getty Images

From Women's Health

  • Allison Mack pleaded guilty to racketeering and racketeering conspiracy charges brought against her in a sex-cult case.

  • Allison, who played a leading role on The WB's Smallville, admitted to recruiting women into a secret society within the former Nxivm organization.

  • The actress, who will receive her sentence in September, faces up to 20 years in prison.

Last year, actress Allison Mack pled guilty in a Brooklyn federal court to racketeering and racketeering conspiracy charges brought against her for her alleged involvement in the Nxivm (pronounced "NEKS-ee-um") sex cult, per the New York Times.

Now, HBO Max's new nine-part true crime documentary series The Vow is detailing Mack's role in Nxivm and follows many former members over the course of several years. New episodes premiere on Sunday nights at 10 p.m. ET.

According to prosecutors, Allison recruited women into a "self-help" organization called Nxivm, which was actually an established secret sex cult. She was accused of coercing two "slaves" into having sex with the cult leader, Keith Raniere, in return for money. Raniere was arrested in March 2018—prosecutors allege that he threatened as many as 50 women to force them to stay in the cult. He was convicted in June 2019 and is currently awaiting sentencing on October 27, 2020, according to Esquire.

While Allison (now 38) doesn't personally appear in The Vow, her role in Nxivm is discussed throughout it. Here's what you need to know about her.

Who is Allison Mack, exactly?

If you've never watched Smallville, Allison Mack played Chloe Sullivan, one of main character Clark Kent's best friends. Since then (Smallville ended in 2011), she's starred or appeared in several TV shows: Wilfred, The Following, and, most recently in 2015, American Odyssey, according to IMDb.

While she's been relatively quiet in Hollywood these past few years, Allison played a major character on Smallville, reportedly starring in 205 episodes, per IMDB.

Allison told the court she joined Nxivm because "I was lost." And according to Hollywood Reporter, she was introduced to the group through her Smallville co-star Kristin Kreuk, and attended her meeting in 2006.

Allison was charged with sex trafficking, sex trafficking conspiracy, and conspiracy to commit forced labor, to which she originally pled not guilty, Variety reported. After entering her guilty plea in 2019, however, she said to the court, "I must take full responsibility for my conduct."

Allison now faces up to 20 years in jail.

At the time of her trial, her plea went gone viral—partly because of the high-profile and controversial nature of the case, but partly because Allison Mack is sorta high-profile herself.

The New York Times reported that in Allison's court statement, she admitted to recruiting women by telling them they were going to become members of a female mentorship group. She also said that her goal was to promote Raniere's teachings, and by doing so, she engaged in criminal conduct.

The actress faces up to 20 years in prison and is currently under electronic surveillance at her parents' house, according to OprahMag.com.

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