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'Smallville' star Allison Mack awaits sentencing for her involvement in the NXIVM cult – her 2019 guilty plea might help her avoid jail time.

Can Allison Mack avoid jail time? Learn what could save the ‘Smallville’ star

There are two high-profile sex trafficking cases tied up in the courts because of COVID-19. British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell is awaiting trial for her alleged role in Jeffrey Epstein’s sex trafficking ring. While Maxwell is more prominent in the news, Smallville star Allison Mack still awaits sentencing for her involvement in the NXIVM cult. 

Mack & Maxwell are taking drastically different approaches when it comes to their crimes. Maxwell pleaded not guilty and is fighting the charges, while Mack pleaded guilty in 2019, tearfully taking responsibility for her actions. Mack’s approach might help her avoid jail time, but the seriousness of the charges cast some doubt. 

Allison Mack’s charges 

Initially, Allison Mack was charged with multiple counts connected with the NXIVM cult and its leader Keith Raniere. These included racketeering, racketeering conspiracy, sex trafficking, sex trafficking conspiracy, and forced labor conspiracy. 

Mack pleaded guilty to racketeering & racketeering conspiracy last April. She’s currently awaiting her sentencing, but is currently unscheduled since 2019. Her sentencing was further delayed last spring by COVID-19. 

Mack was the head of NXIVM’s secret women-only group, DOS. NXIVM billed the “sisterhood” as a women’s empowerment group, but its purpose was to recruit young women to become sex slaves. Legal experts believe there wasn’t a strong enough case against Mack for the charges to stick. However, Mack allegedly was responsible for recruiting fellow actress India Oxenberg into the cult.

Allison Mack’s racketeering & racketeering conspiracy charges come with a max sentence of forty years in prison, twenty years for each charge. She pleaded guilty to avoid a trial and skip right to the sentencing. The question is: how close to the max sentence will Mack receive?

Reasons for a lowered sentence

Allison Mack could receive a sentence way lower than her maximum. Trial lawyer Page Pate explained she got a “very good deal” in his explanation of the deal to Law & Crime, adding: “The bottom line is this is a very good deal for her if there was sufficient evidence to support the sex trafficking charges. Perhaps there wasn’t, and that’s why she was allowed to plead to the lesser charges.” 

Mack was remorseful for her actions and believes she’s a changed person. She told the court back in 2019, “Through it all, I believed Keith Raniere’s intentions were to help people. I was wrong. I must take full responsibility for my conduct, and that is why I am pleading guilty today. I am and will be a better person as a result of this.”

Allison Mack initially pleaded not guilty with NXIVM leader Keith Raniere and became a co-defendant in the case. The change in her story could be because she worked with authorities to build a case against Raniere, who was sentenced to 120 years in prison. It would also explain why she is pleading to the lesser charges and why she might receive a short sentence. Mack is also a first-time offender, another factor for a shorter sentence. 

Reasons for a higher sentence

There’s still a good possibility for Allison Mack to receive the maximum sentence for her racketeering & racketeering conspiracy charges. A judge will consider Mack’s “relevant conduct” when deciding her sentencing — sex trafficking, sex trafficking conspiracy, and forced labor conspiracy charges don’t bode well for a shortened sentence. 

According to Law & Crime Network host Bob Bianchi, “Even though she didn’t plead specifically to the sex crimes, the upward relevant conduct is not good for her. Many victims, serious harm, extortive conduct, and length of time conduct was occurring all inure to her detriment.” 

Bianchi also explained Mack could downplay her involvement by claiming she’s a victim. He added her defense could explain “[she was] brainwashed to a point she didn’t know what she was doing was wrong, or appreciate the seriousness of the harm she was doing.” She could also follow Raniere’s defense team and claim the women were consenting adults and knew what they were getting themselves into. 


What do you think? Should Allison Mack receive a shortened sentence or her maximum forty years in prison? Let us know in the comments. 

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  • Alison Mack IS Guilty and SHE NEEDS TO BE PUNISH

    November 1, 2020
    • I would bet that she will see little to no time. She is an attractive female and a hollywood sweetheart. It bogles the mind that Raniere would get 120 years !! While he too is guilty as sin, we have murderers and embezzlers and politicians and their families who have done far worse, but are given minimal sentences which are eventually reduced and they become social heroes.

      April 24, 2021
  • I think she’s probably always been a little lost and manic, and thus easy to take advantage of. It’s likely what drew her to Rainer in the first place. There is always a dominant personality in a relationship like that and it clearly wasn’t her.

    That being said, I think she should be sentenced to therapy and to live in a halfway house where she can work with other women who have been hurt, and may have hurt others in turn. That way she can actually grow as a person instead of being thrown in a hole to rot for X number of years.

    Prison should be reserved for truly terrible people, not those who have a chance at being redeemed.

    November 1, 2020
  • I hope she gets the maximum sentence for her involvement. She is just plain evil!!

    November 1, 2020
  • she was invited to NXIVM by her Smallville costar Kristen Kruek. She has the appearance of someone who could be easy influenced. I think she is a victim just like all the others. Was any of this her ideas? Why is she a leader? Is she different from any of the other branded women? Who appointed her leader?
    Yea i don’t think she should get 40 years.

    November 1, 2020
    • Doug, good questions. I’m not educated enough on the topic to have an opinion but I too am wondering more about the inside of what happened. Was she brainwashed? For how long? What did they say to her to convince her to join? Was she groomed?

      November 2, 2020
    • It doesn’t matter who invited her, the moment that she started use her celebrity status to groom people into the cult she’s as guilty as the founder.

      November 2, 2020
      • 100%

        November 22, 2020
      • If that’s the case then India is just as guilty.

        December 15, 2020
      • GUILTY! BUT, we ALL KNOW – here in America – when a celebrity (or in Allison’s case, a VERY SMALL CELEBRITY) – how the judicial system works for celebrities: she’ll JUST GET a “slap on the wrist” & probably won’t get ANY prison time. ANY other American citizen in her EXACT SHOES, so to speak, would automatically get 40 years!! But NOT a celebrity; probation at the VERY MIST! Absolutely Sickening how there are two sets of rules for celebrities and non-celebrities! The former, 99 times out of 100, will never suffer the repercussions of their crimes while the latter, will get the full extent of the law! Why are there two standards, as there have always been, four celebrities and non-celebrities? It’s absolutely pathetic and time will prove this to be true! It never changes! Celebrities are always endowed with not just the benefit of doubt, but the benefit of complete innocence!!!

        And all the comments regarding being brainwashed, everybody knows that’s a bunch of BS! Again, if a common, law abiding regular citizen or to do the same thing, that get 40 years despite a defense of being brainwashed. When is it ever going to apply, punishment that is, to both celebrities and non-celebrities alike?!? When America; when judicial system; and, most importantly, when juries and judges?

        February 26, 2021
  • I hope she gets the maximum sentence! She is just as sick as Rainere

    November 2, 2020
    • Wow well I was a fan of her when smallville came out. But since I heard this I’m not her fan no more but I don’t hate her or she deserve to be in prison. We can forgive. I think that she know what she was doing but I also think that she was brainwashed to and she much a victim just like everyone else. I don’t think she deserves prison she deserves to be locked up for sure but not prison.

      November 2, 2020
  • She should get the maximum, but due her celebrity status she probably will get the a slap in the wrist or probably no jail time what so ever.

    November 2, 2020
  • Mack was a Master, that tells me she KNEW what she was doing. Mack was the one who spoke to the cult leader and did his bidding by telling the women to send her emails of their family secrets to hold against the recruits, Mack was the one who took naked photos of the “recruits” and sent them to the cult leader.
    Mack didn’t know that was wrong? I don’t think do. I believe she knew what she was doing. Mack even wore a torture device to cause her pain, that she would wear all day so she would continue to do the cult leaders bid 24/7.
    I think there is a little of both Master and weird Slave she was enjoying and thrived on, but she didn’t care it hurt other women.

    November 2, 2020
  • Allison Mack needs to be punished to the full extent no deals she’s a sick individual and nothing she says can be taken at face value, shame on you Allison for everything you did to these women!!!

    November 3, 2020
  • She appeared to be so in love with Keith when they first met,, flirting like crazy!!! I think she was Bonnie to his Clyde and should get jail time!!!

    November 3, 2020
  • She should get at least 10 years

    November 3, 2020
    • that is a very specific number, Lou

      November 22, 2020
  • In watching the series onTV, India Oxenberg explains how Allison requested all the DOS girls needed to be photographed naked. When she wasn’t satisfied she wanted to ‘take pictures of your pussies”. She was also involved in the branding! So I’ll let everyone decide on their own if she should get jail time.

    I say 10 to 20!

    November 3, 2020
  • She may have been brainwashed to an extent, she may be or at least appear to be remorseful…but seriously think of all the people she harmed in a SERIOUS way. Sex trafficking, being a LEADER in this cult, branding, forced labor…she needs at least close to the max sentence. I see comments like oh put her in a halfway house with other woman who have been victims…..NO. that is not OK she knew what she was doing and for every action there is a consequence. Unless you have experienced something like those victims have you cannot even begin to imagine what HELL they went through, the fear and desperation they had to live with every day. Alison mack deserves a very serious and Lasting consequence because her victims will be living with this trauma the REST OF THEIR LIVES.

    November 3, 2020
  • She knew exactly what she was doing she’s as guilty as that that bastard that is in jail I say give her 80 years not 40and 10 years is too light of a sentence for all the stuff that she did to those women in that cult

    November 3, 2020
  • They all plead naivety. Bottom line is knowing right from wrong. So what if she was wooed by Rainiere. Sex trafficking doesn’t stop until there is some sort of fear of sentencing. She needs to be made an example of. I say max sentencing because she got to plead to lesser charges, This judge is serious so I think she is in big trouble.

    November 3, 2020
  • I still cannot see her motivation for her conduct. She got nothing out of it, other than whatever emotional needs were fulfilled by being a top henchman-plus-victim to Raniere. She was already a successful actress and wealthy as such – she just seemed lost. I’d opt for a LOT of redemptive social service but a light jail sentence.

    November 3, 2020
  • She really was the defacto leader of DOS with keith being the puppet master.

    Seeing the things she did in the hbo doc and to a much greater extent in the newer doc on Starz called Seduced, were appalling. If I were the judge, I’d sentance 20-30. She’d probably serve 12.

    November 4, 2020
  • FULL SENTENCE, ppl feel sorry for her only BC she’s completely manipulative. If you don’t know, watch the vow and seduced.

    November 5, 2020
  • She probably has ruined her life with all this.
    I think she was what you may say brainwashed.
    It’s hard to believe though that She didn’t realize what she was doing was wrong.
    If she gets jail time from being what they call a Master over others so should all that became Masters under her. They all did what she did.
    I feel she should get serious help from experts that have knowledge in cases like this.
    I dont know if prison is going to help

    November 6, 2020
  • Let him without sin cast the first stone.

    November 6, 2020
  • She was seduced by an evil man a cult leader, we have seen this a , who manipulated! Yes, she apparently branded her slaves with her AM and cult leader KR initials. But for many people she was an idol growing up. Being just a few years older than her and bit of a nerd I watched Smallville, i always liked her character and thought she great. of course this does not say anything about the actress herself in real life. Bu still I feel she should get psychological help instead of jail time.

    Yes people were hurt, by blackmail, by branding, by being used for sex. But I believe she was used as a puppet by a evil puppet master,. who saw her as an easy pray to complete his dark desires. In the documentary/tv series you see an early interview, about the cult leader, and that he prayed before on children. And even explained how to abuse children to his followers, so in this case whole criminal justice system has failed before. He should not even have been free to start a cult or to publicly preach about such things! So I really hope Allison Mack gets psychological help and maybe a community sentence, so she can be reprogrammed and heal herself and in the end to lead a normal life and become the great actress she once was before.

    November 8, 2020
  • She was seduced by an evil man a cult leader, we have seen this many times before, she was manipulated! She apparently branded her “slaves” with her AM and cult leader KR initials. But for many people she was an idol growing up. i always liked her character in Smallville and thought she great. of course this does not say anything about the actress in real life. Bur still I feel she should get psychological help instead of jail time.

    People were hurt, by blackmail, by branding, by being used for sex. But I believe she was used as a puppet by an evil puppet master. Who saw her as an easy prey to use for his dark desires. In the recent documentary on this cult you see an early interview, about the cult leader, and that he prayed before on underage girls. And even talked about abusing baby’s to his followers, so in this case whole criminal justice system has failed. He should not even have been free to start a cult! So I really hope Allison Mack gets psychological help and maybe a community sentence, so she can be “reprogrammed” and heal herself and in the end to lead a normal life and become the great actress she once was!

    November 8, 2020
  • I agree with what you wrote

    November 9, 2020
  • She branded women with her initials on their crotch she’s sick and she deserves to rot in jail, just because she’s pretty and blonde doesn’t mean she’s not evil.

    November 11, 2020
  • crocodile tears to get a lower sentence, she deserves to rot in jail for a long time

    November 19, 2020
  • She clearly was a victim. She is not like KR, Clare Bronfman, it Nancy Salzman, who are really the foundation of this twisted group. LR help collateral over her head and told her to do what she did to the women. So then how is she different from the other first line slaves in DOS who weren’t charged. How is she different from Nikki Clyne? Why is she free and AM faces 40 years? And those of you that say she should be rotting in jail because she is a moral monster, tell me how you much mental capacity you would have to weigh, analyze, and adhere to morality all the while you eat 500 calories a day, are constantly sleep deprived, and have a narcissistic abuser who had sucked you into a relationship, pretending to be someone he is not, holding your explicit photos over your head. Or have you never in your life been deceived by someone?

    November 20, 2020
  • We think she needs punishment but lets not throw the book at her! Have you read how she was brainwashed using starvation techniques? She is both a victim AND an abuser which is a common problem. She needs both punishment and help. Halve her sentence but enforce mandatory psychotherapy. At least she can admit what she did was wrong.

    November 21, 2020
  • India Oxenberg was completely brainwashed but still didn’t relish in the potential power to hurt others and she did not follow through with it. Allison took the ball and ran with it. Her follow thru and enthusiasm for this evil helped facilitate how big the thing actually became. Her being ‘brainwashed’ is not an excuse. She was the brainwasher. This wouldn’t have happened without her twisted, evil intentions. If there’s a reason for just time in this country – punishment, a deterrent to stop others from this kind of shit – she deserves it.

    November 28, 2020
  • She deserves to go to jail for a very long time.

    November 28, 2020
  • Any person that has the gall to carry out these hideous acts needs to be punished as the law states. She seems to have enjoyed her job, not mummified and brainwashed as many say. If anyone other than a celebrity did this you would throw the book at them. Why do people put celebrities on pedestals as if they can do no wrong? She should serve time in jail. Period!!!

    November 30, 2020
  • I believe they were all consenting adults (as hundreds of other adults in the u.s.). They all just created a defense and way out when Raniere made the mistake of engaging in relations with and underage girl. My understanding is that girl also crossed state and international border resulting in sex trafficking. Do we really expect the hudreds of Blackmail Professional Dominatrix to get 120 years. Or 40.

    December 1, 2020
  • She definitely deserves a few decades for her actions. A lot of terrible people felt they were doing good with their actions. Hopefully she gets 60 plus like the leader did.

    December 3, 2020
  • I wish all y’all who hating on Allison Mack go to jail for her so u see with y’all negative comments ain’t gonna get y’all to heaven . Allison mack I love you and I pray to God for ur forgiveness and that u prosper in the shadows of the almighty u should have faith and trust in God and know
    God loves you and don’t worry because god will give you wat u will have to say within the very hour of trial I plead the blood of Jesus all over ur spirit Allison God bless you and just stay prayed up u
    are special and every Angel get rejoiced so u just believe that the Lord will show you the path of righteousness and walk away from the Wiles of the wickedness that is hindering u from freedom u get as much rest as you can and know that I am ur number one fan and always praying for you , god will be ur waymaker.. love always Leroy Palmer …..

    December 12, 2020
  • No one ought to Judge. Sounds like no one on this blog was there to know her perception. More like “if you were in her shoes, what would you do?” No one mentioned she couldn’t get counseling somewhere and not being at a halfway house. Everyone has a choice and being brainwashed doesn’t help. Amazing no one wants to help her/support her to be positive in life and just kick her down for her mistakes.

    December 13, 2020
  • She needs to be sent to the Phantom Zone

    January 7, 2021

    April 11, 2021
  • Allison messed up. But she was also a victim. Keith starved her & cut her sleep time & basically brainwashed her. Prison is for the dangerous. I don’t see Allison as dangerous. And I can’t imagine she’d get re-involved with that cult.
    I suggest house arrest & probation. Or are you afraid of little Allison harming you? I’d rather see Trump in prison for the Capital riots & creating pandemic confusion resulting in half a million American deaths.

    April 15, 2021
  • Why should she get a break . she should serve life . Just like her victims that will live the rest of their lives rembering what happened to them when they went to a self help group because they needed help . Will they ever be able to trust anyone again. She knew what she was doing was wrong You cant convince me that she was in fear or that STUPID! She is a self absorbed asshole looking for another organism ! Why is she sorry ? Was she going to stop after 12yrs or is she sorry because she got caught ? Wish I could believe she felt bad for what she has done but I don’t .Use to love her in Smallville now I can’t even watch it now it makes me sick . Actors are just PROFESSIONAL lier’s is she acting to get off easy . No matter how much time she gets it won’t undo the harm she has inflicted on others .

    May 29, 2021
  • Can’t watch Smallville anymore when I look it up on my phone it automatically brings up pornography crap ! thanks ! Allison great job ! You have destroyed Smallvilles clean reputation . Hope the station and others bring legal action against you! I hope your victims sue you for every
    Penny you have and you should lose everything thing that is dear to you . After all if there is any justice you won’t need any thing because you’ll be incarcerated . And the state will be careing for you!

    May 29, 2021

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