Scientology family has some dirty laundry

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February

Tbddavidmiscavige020708 For clarification, The Juice* doesn't care what the Church of Scientology does, but since they're just up in Clearwater, we feel compelled to share a New York Post anecdote about a family feud in the family of church leader David Miscavige.

The tabloid says his niece, 24-year-old Jenna Hill Miscavige (daughter of his older brother Ron), is claiming she's been harrassed since publicly defending Andrew Morton's book, Tom Cruise: An Unauthorized Biography. Jenna chided Cruise for "supporting a religion that tears apart families, both in the media and monetarily."

Jenna's folks left the church in 2000, the Post says, but she stayed in through 2005. Part of that time was spent in a boarding school, in which she claims children were "dumped with a five-gallon bucket of ice water" if they were late or failed uniform inspections. She also claims students were required to write down transgressions like Catholic confession, and then measured with an Electropsychometer to make sure they had admitted everything.

But since writing a letter last month to a senior church official lambasting Scientology, "The church has contacted several of my friends, telling them that I am smearing the church and I am going to be declared a suppressive person and asking my friends if they would disconnect from me and, in at least one case, insisting that they do," Jenna says.

The worst part? "At least eight friends have removed themselves from my MySpace page," she claims. Stop the presses! The church is ruining everything!

[Photo: David Miscavige in 2004. Getty Images]

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:34am]

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