In November 2008, Mack made her directorial debut in Smallville season 8 episode 13 titled "Power", which aired January 29, 2009. , In March 2012, Mack was cast in a recurring role in the second season of the FX sitcom Wilfred.  In a 2003 article from Forbes, advocates of NXIVM portrayed it as an organization focused on inspirational executive coaching, "like a practical MBA", while detractors accused the founder Keith Raniere of running "a cult-like program aimed at breaking down his subjects psychologically". When Ms. Mack was arrested last year, officials said that she had recruited women into the society as “slaves” and had required them to have sex with Mr. Raniere. The D.O.S. She played Amanda, the love interest of Elijah Wood's lead character Ryan. ], Allison Mack tearfully told a judge on Monday that she first joined the cultlike group known as Nxivm to “find purpose.” She was unsatisfied with her acting career, she said, despite her role on the successful television series “Smallville.”. Mack's family lived in Germany for two years, and after they moved to California, Mack's first job was for a German chocolate company in a series of print ads and commercials. , In September 2020, it was reported Mack was attending classes at UC Berkeley. Prosecutors said Mack lured women into the Nxivm organization, where some were branded and forced to have sex. On March 21, 2015, she tweeted that she would be appearing in American Odyssey as Julia, who befriends Suzanne, the daughter of Anna Friel's lead character Sgt.  In an interview with The New York Times, Mack took responsibility for having introduced the branding ritual to the DOS group. Led by Keith Raniere, the group, based in Albany, billed itself as a self-help organization. , This article is about the American actress. She did admit that she had obtained “labor and services” from two anonymous women who were mentioned in the indictment. [attribution needed] The group had a practice of branding their victims, which was first created by Mack. Her arrest was part of a larger federal case against high-ranking members of Nxivm, including Mr. Raniere and four others.  She appeared as a series regular for nine seasons, and returned as an intermittent main cast member in the tenth season, including the two-part series finale. , In 2019, Catherine Oxenberg produced the Lifetime television film Escaping the NXIVM Cult: A Mother's Fight to Save Her Daughter with actress Sara Fletcher as Mack. Mack was born in Germany but moved with her family to Long Beach, California, when she was 2. Describing the … Looking for something to watch? She then went into modelingfor a short period, and later began studying … Mack was born on July 29, 1982, in Preetz, West Germany, to Jonathan, an opera singer, and Mindy Mack. I would take a bite and then at the end of every take I'd have to spit it out. . Mack is said to be second-in-command of NXIVM after Raniere.  On April 8, 2019, Mack pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy and racketeering charges, and was scheduled for sentencing in September 2019. Her film credits include roles in Eric Stoltz's directorial debut My Horrible Year! If you've binged every available episode of the hit Disney Plus series, then we've got three picks to keep you entertained. The actress Allison Mack, best know for her role on the television series Smallville, pleaded guilty for her role as a "master" in the cult, often recruiting women who … Prosecutors said the secret sect’s purpose within Nxivm was to groom sexual partners for Mr. Raniere, who is 58.  If convicted of all charges, Mack and Raniere faced imprisonment for a minimum of 15 years. The racketeering counts were among the least lurid ones that Ms. Mack faced. That same year, she voiced Clea, a museum curator, in an episode of The Batman. Others charged in the case include Mr. Raniere and Clare Bronfman, an heiress to the Seagram’s liquor fortune. , In 2010, Mack was reported to have been recruited to the Vancouver chapter of the multi-level marketing organization NXIVM, along with her Smallville co-star Kristin Kreuk. “I must take full responsibility for my conduct,” Ms. Mack, 36, said. Allison Christin Mack (born July 29, 1982) is an American actress known for her roles as Chloe Sullivan on the WB/CW series Smallville and as Amanda on the FX series Wilfred. That was very frustrating, especially for a kid". Allison Mack of ‘Smallville’ Is Charged With Sex Trafficking The actress Allison Mack, who was known for her work in the television series “Smallville,” in 2012.  It was also alleged that Mack, along with another former high-ranking NXIVM member Lauren Salzman, were NXIVM founder Keith Raniere's sexual partners. group, women were required to offer up “personally damaging or ruinous” information. Ms. Mack wept as she took responsibility in federal court in Brooklyn for recruiting women into the Nxivm organization. Why do you think you were misguided by Raniere?”, [What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox. When the actress was arrested last year, she was also charged with sex trafficking and conspiracy to commit sex trafficking and forced labor. In a lengthy, tear-filled confession at Federal District Court in Brooklyn, Ms. Mack admitted to luring women into Nxivm (pronounced NEX-ee-um), where they were extorted and coerced into following Mr. Raniere’s orders. In 2002 she made a couple of appearances along with her Smallville castmate Sam Jones III in R. L. Stine's miniseries The Nightmare Room. , On October 27, 2020, Raniere was sentenced to 120 years in prison. “Any comment?” “Sorry guys.” “Did you agree to testify against Keith Raniere or Clare Bronfman?” “How does it feel that it’s over?” “Any comment? , Mack was arrested in Brooklyn by the FBI on April 20, 2018, on charges of sex trafficking, sex trafficking conspiracy and forced labor conspiracy.  She then went into modeling for a short period, and later began studying at the Young Actors Space in Los Angeles at age seven..  During her arraignment proceedings, prosecutors also accused her of entering a sham marriage with Nicki Clyne to help Clyne circumvent US immigration laws. I wasn't allowed to swallow the chocolate. Mack is best-known for playing Chloe in Smallville, a television series that followed Clark Kent in the days before he became Superman. Allison Mack of ‘Smallville’ Pleads Guilty in Case of Nxivm ‘Sex Cult’ Where Women Were Branded. Prosecutors have said that the women were warned that the damaging or embarrassing information would be made public if they revealed the existence of the group. Mack pleaded guilty to racketeering charges in April 2019 and is awaiting sentencing. I would take a bite and then at the end of every take I'd have to spit it out. Some women had been branded with Mack's initials (AM) in addition to Raniere's initials (KR). .  In 2014, Mack guest-starred as a policewoman named Hilary in an episode of the Fox thriller The Following. Ms. Mack became so involved, federal prosecutors said, that she began recruiting other women into a secret sect within Nxivm in which women were branded with Mr. Raniere’s initials and were forced to have sex with him. As she spent more time with the group and with Mr. Raniere, she said in court, she was persuaded into believing Mr. Raniere’s messages would be beneficial to others. In court on Monday, Ms. Mack admitted she recruited women into the group by telling them they were going to become members of a female mentorship program. From 2003 to 2004, Mack's character appeared in her own miniseries, Smallville: Chloe Chronicles, and in 2006, Smallville: Vengeance Chronicles.  She was charged with recruiting women into "DOS" or "The Vow", a sex cult propagated by NXIVM that presented itself as a women's self-help group. 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