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story.lead_photo.caption Actress Allison Mack leaves Brooklyn federal court Monday, April 8, 2019, in New York. Mack pleaded guilty to racketeering charges on Monday in a case involving a cult-like group based in upstate New York. The trial is expected to detail sensational allegations that the group, called NXIVM, recruited sex slaves for its spiritual leader, Keith Raniere.(AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

NEW YORK — With jury selection beginning at the federal case against a cult-like upstate New York group, TV actress Allison Mack pleaded guilty Monday to charges she manipulated women into becoming sex slaves for the group's spiritual leader.

Mack, 36, wept as she admitted her crimes and apologized to the women who prosecutors say were exploited by Keith Raniere and the purported self-help group called NXIVM.

"I believed Keith Raniere's intentions were to help people, and I was wrong," Mack told a judge in federal court in Brooklyn as she pleaded guilty to racketeering charges.

Mack is best known for her role as a young Superman's close friend on the series "Smallville."

After months of reflection since her arrest, "I know I can and will be a better person," Mack said. Her sentencing was set for Sept. 11.

The plea means Mack will avoid going to trial with Raniere, wealthy heiress Clare Bronfman and another member of Raniere's inner circle, Kathy Russell. All have pleaded not guilty and denied any wrongdoing.

Potential jurors were expected to begin filling out questionnaires Monday. Opening statements are scheduled for April 29.

The question of whom jurors would see seated at the defense table that day had remained an open in wake of new allegations that Raniere exploited a teenage girl. His co-defendants have since sought separate trials and engaged in plea negotiations.

Court papers allege NXIVM formed a secret society of women who were branded with Raniere's initials and forced to have sex with him. Defense attorneys have insisted any relationship between Raniere and the alleged victims, including an unidentified actress and other women expected to testify against him at trial, was consensual.

On Monday, Mack said that at Raniere's direction, she obtained compromising information and images of two unidentified women - called "collateral" within the group - that she threatened to make public if they didn't perform "so-called acts of love."

The jury questionnaire covers several topics, including asking candidates for their opinions about "rich individuals" and people who "engage in relationships with multiple sexual partners" and whether they "believe that people under the age of 17 should be able to consent to sex with adults."

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  • 0boxerssuddenlinknet
    April 8, 2019 at 1:41 p.m.

    U of A I will be happy to chip in on a one way plane ticket you you to leave this disgusting country. and never come back.

  • ARMNAR
    April 8, 2019 at 3:18 p.m.

    I'm in on that, oboxer.

  • LR1955
    April 8, 2019 at 4:48 p.m.

    This is one heck of a perverted story!

  • UoABarefootPhdFICYMCA
    April 8, 2019 at 6:17 p.m.

    fk you oboxer. they dropped her child exploitation charges and youre punk ass deceiver too.
    baby raping pos

  • UoABarefootPhdFICYMCA
    April 8, 2019 at 6:18 p.m.

    she was even into child porn and child exploitation. she would have died in prison like she deserved.
    but eunuch cucks like oboxer had her back.

  • UoABarefootPhdFICYMCA
    April 8, 2019 at 6:20 p.m.

    like seriously you flagged my post off just for stating the fact that they dropped her child sex exploitation charges because they copied over the disks? because they happened in a different district than where the case was filed? there were two or three objections to those charges and she got off.
    why is that offensive to you mommas boy pink panty chomo RINO?

  • UoABarefootPhdFICYMCA
    April 8, 2019 at 6:26 p.m.

    sorry your little "chomo-wood" princess got her licks, homo

  • UoABarefootPhdFICYMCA
    April 8, 2019 at 6:27 p.m.

    here is something. according to the U.N. and FBI, oboxers little princesses do 85% of the trafficking.
    do you want the citation or do you know by now i will jack slap your face?>

  • UoABarefootPhdFICYMCA
    April 8, 2019 at 6:55 p.m.

    "Ms. Mack sobbed so much as she gave her statement that Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis interrupted to ask if she was all right. Ms. Mack then apologized to those that she hurt through her “misguided adherence to Keith Raniere’s teachings.”

    geeez.
    should have interrupted her just to tell her to shut up like would have happened in any other court of law.
    ..........She got a racketeering charge.
    sick
    sick
    sick

  • UoABarefootPhdFICYMCA
    April 8, 2019 at 6:57 p.m.

    her sentencing is set for sept. 11th. fugoutta here with this bullshhhh...
    anyone who didnt know about this deserves rope. silence is consent.

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