ALLISON Mack called her involvement in the NXIVM sex cult the “biggest mistake and regret of her life” as she begged the judge for “no jail time.”
The 38-year-old Smallville actress wrote a lengthy letter to the court claiming to be remorseful ahead of a hearing next Wednesday where she will be sentenced for her criminal activity.
In the document, obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, Allison apologized to anyone who had been “harmed” by her actions.
She said: “It is now of paramount importance for me to say, from the bottom of my heart, I am so sorry.
“I threw myself into the teachings of Keith Raniere with everything I had,” she said of the 60-year-old felon who started the infamous sex cult.
The former TV star continued: “I believed, whole-heartedly, that his mentorship was leading me to a better, more enlightened version of myself.
“I devoted my loyalty, my resources, and, ultimately, my life to him. This was the biggest mistake and regret of my life.”
Allison referenced “those harmed by the collateral damage of my destructive choices,” in which she wrote that she is dedicated to spending the rest of her life working to make amends and become a “more compassionate woman.”
In a memo from the actress’ attorney, she pleaded with the judge for no jail time as she feels she has “committed grievous wrongs and that she has earned her punishment.”
The letter also stated, that Allison has “publicly denounced Raniere (and her own prior association with Raniere) in the strongest possible terms.”
Her legal team continued: “That is made clear by Ms. Mack’s plea allocution, her decision to cooperate completely and fully with the government, and is further underscored in her letter to this Court as well as her efforts to demonstrate her remorse to the public generally.
“And more specifically to those she harmed. There is thus no need to impose an additional sentence of incarceration on Ms. Mack to achieve specific deterrence.”
Prosecutors have alleged Mack was a high ranking member of the group and recruited women as “sex slaves” following the arrest of leader Keith.
Allison pled guilty to one count of racketeering and one count of racketeering conspiracy in April 2019.
She faces up to 40 years in prison on charges of sex trafficking, sex trafficking conspiracy, and forced labor conspiracy.
Advertised as a self-help group, NXIVM was placed under the spotlight in 2018 when former members made a series of shocking revelations about the organization.
They revealed they had been forced to hand over explicit naked pictures, had been beaten with paddles, made to starve themselves and were unwittingly branded with Keith's initials on their private areas.
Other women claimed they had been made to seduce and/or have sex with Keith.
A 31-year-old woman testified in court as to how she was blindfolded and tied down to a table while Keith watched another woman perform a sex act on her.
Keith was sentenced to 120 years in prison in October after he was convicted last June on seven felonies, including sex trafficking, forced labor and racketeering.
The cult founder – who followers called "Vanguard" – was also found guilty of acts of extortion, identity theft and the production, and possession of child pornography.
He was arrested in Mexico in March 2018 and brought back to the US where he was arraigned in Texas and later tried in New York in 2019.
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