Mack said that at the cult leader's instruction, she obtained compromising information and images of two unidentified women that she threatened to make public if they did not have sex with Raniere. Prosecutors say the purported self-help group called NXIVM formed a secret society of women who had unwanted sex with guru Keith Raniere. "I am very sorry to my family and to the good people I hurt through my misguided adherence to [Nxivm leader] Keith Raniere's teachings", Mack said.
"I must take full responsibility for my conduct". Authorities said the women were branded by a surgical tool with a symbol that resembled Raniere's initials.
Mack entered her plea to racketeering charges on today, shortly before federal jury selection was scheduled to start in Brooklyn federal court.
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There was no mention at the plea hearing of any agreement by Mack to cooperate with prosecutors against Raniere, who is expected to go on trial later this month. All have pleaded not guilty and denied any wrongdoing, though after three guilty pleas, we're not sure what kind of legs they have to stand on. Mack played Chloe Sullivan, a close friend of the future Superman whose romantic feelings were not reciprocated. Two weeks later, her daughter, Lauren Salzman, also pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy and racketeering counts. Mack's defense attorneys, meanwhile and according to Fox News, continue to argue that the alleged victims in this case "were not abused" (that's an odd approach after a defendant has already claimed authorship of a branding ritual). If convicted of those charges, she would have faced life in prison. She has pleaded not guilty and was released on a $100 million bond, according to the Associated Press.
Mr Raniere was arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Mexico past year.