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NXIVM: Actress Allison Mack pleads guilty — ‘I was lost and wanted a community’

[Allison Mack leaves the courtroom today after pleading guilty. Photo by VillageDianne.]

Our correspondent VillageDianne was in the courtroom just now as Smallville actress Allison Mack pled guilty to two counts — racketeering and racketeering conspiracy — and broke down in tears twice as she did so.

Dianne observed that Mack no longer appears to be starving herself on the Nxivm diet and looked healthier in court today, but she broke down as she began to give her allocution to Judge Nicholas Garaufis.

“I’m here to plead guilty,” she was able to get out before breaking down. When the judge asked if she wanted a moment to gather herself, Mack said no and continued with her statement.

“I was lost and wanted a community,” she explained for why she had gotten involved in Keith Raniere’s group, and she said that she had believed the people in Nxivm were trying to better themselves and others. “But I was wrong,” she added. “There was criminal conduct resulting in my agreeing to support a criminal enterprise.”

She admitted to making false representations about the specialized sub-group she helped run, “DOS,” which prosecutors says was a sex slavery operation to benefit Raniere, and not a “sorority” for self-empowerment. Mack admitted to concealing to DOS members that Raniere was really in charge of it.

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“She began crying again when she said she caused harm. Her lawyers put their hands on her,” Dianne says.

Mack will be sentenced on September 11.

 
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Posted by Tony Ortega on April 8, 2019 at 13:00

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Tony Ortega is a journalist who was formerly the editor of The Village Voice. He’s written about Scientology since 1995, and in May 2015 released a book about Scientology’s harassment of Paulette Cooper titled ‘The Unbreakable Miss Lovely,’ and more recently a compilation of his stories, ‘Battlefield Scientology.’ He continues to monitor breaking developments in the Scientology world, as well as other subjects at The Underground Bunker. You can reach him by sending him a message at tonyo94 AT gmail.com (Drop him a line if you’d like to get an e-mail whenever a new story is posted.)

 

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