The bizarre saga of the NXIVM sex cult took another strange turn today.
Former Smallville actress Allison Mack appeared in a federal courtroom in Brooklyn today and pled guilty to racketeering charges in connection with her involvement with the cult.
“I’m here to plead guilty before your honor,” Mack told the judge.
“I must take full responsibility for my conduct. I am very sorry for my role in this case," she added/
"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 admitted to her involvement in the secret master-slave group within NXIVM known as DOS.
The actress confessed to controlling several slaves whom she forced “to perform services for me.”
According to Mack, these women were made to participate in a system of sexual favors with threats “designed to make them think they could suffer serious harm."
Early in their servitude, the women were forced to hand over nude photos and details of their finances with the understanding that this information would be used against them if they failed to comply with all orders.
While Mack admits to being a "master" in the NXIVM/DOS organization, she claims she acted under orders from the group's leader, Keith Raniere.
“I was a member of a secret society founded by Keith Raniere,” she told the court.
“I concealed Keith Raniere’s role as the head of DOS.”
Asked after her confession if she was of sound mind, Mack told the judge that she had had "one beer last night."
Mack was one of six people arrested last year in connection with the NXIVM cult.
Raniere and Seagram's liquor heiress Claire Bronfman were also apprehended and will soon face trial.
According to prosecutors, women in the DOS program were branded with Raniere's initials and forced to remain on starvation diets.
One of the female leaders arrested last year admitted to keeping her personal slave locked in a room for a period of two years.
If convicted, Mack faces up to 20 years behind bars.
We'll continue to keep you updated on this developing story as more information becomes available.