Smallville's Allison Mack Released From Prison After NXIVM Cult Conviction

Former Smallville star Allison Mack has been released from prison after completing her sentence in relation to the NXIVM cult scandal.

According to TVLine, Mack was released on Monday, July 3. Her release signifies the conclusion of her sentencing for her involvement in the NXIVM cult scandal. Mack was part of a manipulative and trafficking scheme orchestrated by NXIVM founder Keith Raniere, who himself received a 120-year prison sentence for his crimes.

NXIVM, which presented itself as a self-improvement organization, was used as a front for Raniere's illicit activities. The organization attracted numerous high-profile clients with promises of personal growth and fulfillment. However, it was revealed that many members, including Mack, were involved in recruiting "sex slaves" for Raniere. Former members testified about instances of abuse, including the branding of women with Raniere's initials.

Mack's acting career took off with minor roles in series like 7th Heaven before she achieved her breakthrough in 2001 with the role of Chloe Sullivan in Smallville. As Clark Kent's close friend and the editor of their high school newspaper, Chloe was the first to discover Clark's powers, and her investigations into his abilities were central to several early-season episodes.

In 2018, Mack, along with other high-ranking individuals involved in the NXIVM cult, was arrested. This group included former NXIVM president Nancy Salzman, who pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy, and NXIVM operations director Clare Bronfman, who pleaded guilty to conspiracy to harbor illegal immigrants for financial gain and fraudulent use of identification. Salzman received a sentence of 42 months, while Bronfman was sentenced to 81 months. In 2021, Mack received a 36-month prison sentence and began serving it in September of the same year.

Prior to her sentencing, Mack expressed remorse for her actions and the harm caused to the victims in a court filing. She wrote, "I apologize to those of you that I brought into NXIVM. I am sorry for exposing you to the manipulative and emotionally abusive schemes of a twisted man." In a letter included with the sentencing guidelines recommended by her attorneys, Mack also acknowledged, "I wholeheartedly believed that Keith Raniere's mentorship was guiding me towards a better and more enlightened version of myself. I devoted my loyalty, resources, and ultimately, my life to him."

Source: TV Line

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