After originally pleading not guilty to charges of racketeering, sex trafficking, sex trafficking conspiracy, and forced labor, Smallville's Allison Mack has changed her plea to guilty in the wild case of a "self-help program", sex cult, and pyramid scheme, called NXIVM, she was involved with which also allegedly included a secret society of "female slaves" – one of whom Mack tearfully admitted to keeping.

She and alleged cult leader Keith Raniere (allegedly known as "The Vanguard") were indicted last April on the charges (read the full indictment here from the DOJ). During a December hearing, Mack argued that she is not guilty of these charges if the Church of Scientology isn’t guilty of the same charge in reference to a similar case from 2009 which involved the Church.

Mack is alleged to have created a society within NXIVM called DOS (from a Latin anagram which roughly translates to 'Lord/Master of the Obedient Female Companions') which tried to recruit women – including other A-List actresses – into an organization which said it was all about female empowerment but in actually would enslave, starve, coerce, and even brand the women who were in turn afraid if they said anything that NXIVM and DOS would retaliate through blackmail using nude photos and secrets they revealed in "self-help classes" they were forced to pay for.

Deadline has summarized the DOJ's findings in a relevant section of a 2015 affidavit (read the full source here). To warn the reader, parts of the quote below are graphic. Read on at your own risk.

"According to court filings, during the past 20 years, Raniere established a series of purported self-help programs within his umbrella organization 'Nxivm' (pronounced NEX-i-um). Nxivm is based in Albany, New York and has operated centers in the United States, Mexico, Canada and South America. Nxivm maintains features of a pyramid scheme, as its courses cost thousands of dollars each and participants ('Nxians') are encouraged to pay for additional classes and to recruit others to take classes in order to rise within the ranks of Nxivm. A number of Nxians were residents of the Eastern District of New York when they were recruited, and Nxivm has held promotional recruiting events in Brooklyn. Mack is credited in publicly available materials with co-creating a Nxivm program, called The Source, which recruited actors.

As detailed in court filings, in 2015, Raniere created a secret society within Nxivm called 'DOS,' an acronym that stands for a Latin phrase that loosely translates to 'Lord/Master of the Obedient Female Companions,' or 'The Vow.' DOS operated with levels of women 'slaves' headed by 'masters.' Slaves were expected to recruit slaves of their own (thus becoming masters themselves), who in turn owed service not only to their own masters but also to masters above them in the DOS pyramid. Raniere stood alone at the top of the pyramid. Other than Raniere, all members of DOS were women. Mack is one of the women in the first level of the pyramid immediately below Raniere.

Mack and other DOS masters recruited DOS slaves by telling them that they were joining a women-only organization that would empower them and eradicate purported weaknesses that the Nxivm curriculum taught were common in women. Mack and other DOS masters concealed Raniere’s status at the top of the pyramid from new recruits.

As a pre-condition to joining DOS, women were required to provide 'collateral,' which included highly damaging information about friends and family members, nude photographs and/or rights to the recruit's assets. DOS slaves were told that their collateral could be released for any number of reasons, including telling anyone about DOS's existence or leaving DOS. Many DOS slaves were branded on their pelvic areas using a cauterizing pen with a symbol which, unbeknownst to them, incorporated Raniere's initials. During the branding ceremonies, slaves were required to be fully naked, and a master would order one slave to film the branding while the others restrained the slave being branded.

According to court filings, Mack directly or implicitly required her slaves, including Jane Does 1 and 2, as identified in the Indictment, to engage in sexual activity with Raniere. In exchange for this, Mack received financial and other benefits from Raniere. Jane Doe 1 and Jane Doe 2 believed that if they did not participate in those activities with Raniere, their collateral would be released."

Meanwhile, Mack faces 40 years in prison when she is sentenced in September. NXIVM has this message on their website as of this writing:

NXIVM's landing page as of this writing. Source: Screenshot