is apologizing to all those she harmed as second in command to the group's mastermind, Keith Raniere
, just days before she is sentenced for her role in the NXIVM
In a letter to the court released on Saturday, the former "Smallville" star asked for leniency in her case and described her involvement in NXIVM as the "biggest mistake and greatest regret of my life."
Raniere's criminal enterprise, based in Albany, New York
, disguised itself as a self-empowerment group at its peak, amassing thousands of followers around the world; however, NXIVM sexually exploited and brainwashed women
into obeying Raniere and other high-ranking members, including Mack, who was one of the group's top recruiters.
“I am sorry to those of you I brought into NXIVM. I am sorry I ever exposed you to the nefarious and emotionally abusive schemes of a twisted man,” Mack, 38, wrote in a statement obtained by Variety
this weekend. “I am sorry I encouraged you to use your resources to participate in something that was ultimately so ugly.”
“I threw myself into Keith Raniere’s teachings with everything I had,” she went on, “because I wholeheartedly believed 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, which was the biggest mistake and regret of my life.”
Mack was arrested in 2018 alongside Raniere and other top NXIVM members and charged with sex trafficking
, sex trafficking conspiracy
, and forced labor
conspiracy. She later pleaded guilty to racketeering and conspiracy charges related to her involvement with the group, admitting in court to blackmailing several women who were forced to brand themselves with Raniere's initials and engage in sexual arousal.
Mack faces 14 to 17 years in prison
if convicted, but she is seeking a non-incarceration sentence in exchange for her assistance in the case against Raniere, which included a crucial audiotape documenting his role in the branding ceremony.
Raniere was convicted of seven felonies in 2019 and sentenced to 120 years in prison.
Mack's attorneys wrote in a sentencing
memo submitted on Friday that she has "turned her life around" in the three years since she was charged, and that she has been "earnestly dedicated to her rehabilitation." They note that she has reconnected with her family
, worked as a caterer, and studied at the University
According to Variety, Mack “respectfully requests that the Court allow her to continue down this path of growth and reform by imposing a sentence that does not involve incarceration and allows her to continue her academic studies.”
In her own letter, Mack describes this time as the "most devastating, but transformative time of my life," and she vows to spend the rest of her life trying to right her wrongs and become a more compassionate person.
“I know that coming out
the other side, I am a better, kinder woman as a result of this,” she wrote, “I know I cannot heal the pain my betrayal has caused you and your loved ones, but I can promise you that your pain has not gone unnoticed, and acknowledging this has changed me to my core.”
Mack is scheduled to be sentenced in Brooklyn
on June 30.
If you need assistance, call RAINN's National Sexual Assault
Online Hotline or go to the website of the National Sexual Violence Resource Center.