Allison Mack Apologizes for Her Role in NXIVM Cult

'Smallville' actress will be sentenced Wednesday
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 28, 2021 3:31 AM CDT
Allison Mack Apologizes for Her Role in NXIVM Cult
In this April 8, 2019 file photo, actress Allison Mack leaves Brooklyn federal court in New York after pleading guilty to racketeering charges in a case involving a cult-like group based in upstate New York called NXIVM.   (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

Days before her sentencing in the NXIVM sex trafficking case, Smallville actress Allison Mack apologized for her role in the cult-like group. Mack, best known for playing Chloe Sullivan on the WB/CW series, wrote a nearly 800-word statement for the federal judge who will sentence her Wednesday describing the "overwhelming shame" she feels when she reflects on her actions. Framed as a letter to those harmed by her involvement with the group, Mack says she truly believed that the teachings of NXIVM leader Keith Raniere would lead her to be a better, more enlightened person—but that turned out to be the "biggest mistake and greatest regret" of her life.

She apologized to those she brought into NXIVM, as well as her family and friends who tried to warn her about the group and Raniere. "I am dedicated to spending my life working to mend the hearts I broke and continuing to transform myself into a more loving and compassionate woman," she writes. NBC News has the letter in full. Mack, who pleaded guilty to racketeering and conspiracy charges in 2019, has been on home confinement. In a memo to the judge, her attorneys asked for no jail time, per the Hollywood Reporter. They pointed out that she has cooperated with authorities, including turning over a crucial audio recording of Raniere, who was sentenced last year to 120 years behind bars. (More NXIVM stories.)

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