The actress, who starred as Chloe Sullivan on the Superman series, appeared in a Brooklyn courtroom Monday and entered a guilty plea to two counts of racketeering conspiracy and racketeering for her involvement in Keith Raniere's multi-level marketing organization NXIVM, which former members have called a cult. Raniere's group is alleged to have engaged in practices of branding women, forced labor and sex trafficking.
The U.S. Attorney's office told TMZ Mack is facing up to 40 years -- 20 for each count. Prosecutors have accused Mack of being the "pimp" for the group. Mack is also believed to have been second-in-command of NXIVM.
"I must take full responsibility for my conduct," Mack said while sobbing in court Monday. "I am very sorry for my role in this case. I am very sorry to my family and to the good people I hurt through my misguided adherence to Keith Raniere's teachings."
Mack was nearby when Raniere was taken into custody last March in Puerta Vallarta, Mexico, where he was hiding out. Mack was later arrested and extradited to the U.S., where she was given a GPS ankle monitor as a term of her bail.
There were many who connected another trending news story of the day: actress Felicity Huffman pled guilty to charges in the college admissions scandal, where she is accused of paying $15,000 to have a proctor accomplice correct her 18-year-old daughter Sofia Grace's SAT scores before submitting them.
"Man, ALL the celebrities are going down today," a Twitter user joked.
“Because of [Allison Mack's] lack of a previous criminal record and sentencing guidelines she will probably land in the 3-5 year sentencing range... this is a tremendously fortunate plea deal for Mack since she will avoid all sex trafficking charges”https://t.co/E0ker1lypz pic.twitter.com/d7WGFS1nqd