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David Miscavige's niece says Church of Scientology tried to recruit Brad Pitt and Bono

You know, just some light reading.

You know, just some light reading.



Jenna Miscavige Hill, the niece of Scientology leader David Miscavige, says in an interview with RadarOnline that the church actively recruited the likes of Brad Pitt and Bono. You have to be careful when you're dating Juliette Lewis, we guess.

Jenna says it was while Pitt was dating Scientologist Lewis in the early '90s that he underwent the church's Purification Rundown while he was rehabbing from drugs. (Lewis credited the program with helping her with her own drug problems.) The church also made Bono a recruitment priority, which is no coincidence.

“There’s a celebrity strategy and they’re targeted for their influence, not their money,” she told the site. “They know people are obsessed with celebrities so will get more interested in Scientology. I think that celebrities are more inclined to be egocentric and Scientology caters for that – you’re your own God. They’re probably being told that all the time."

Hill wrote a book released last February entitled Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape about her time with the church. Part of the church's strategy is to find people who can spread the message, she said.

"If you’re egocentric, not always confident or insecure because of being in public eye and want to be charitable, Scientology pushes your buttons. That’s why someone like Bono would fit the bill perfectly as so many people know him," she said. “I know he was receiving Scientology auditing and was at one of the Celebrity Centre Galas. Why would he need auditing?”

A Scientology spokesperson told the site Hill has no idea what she's talking about.

She has “varied and ever-shifting ‘memories’ from her childhood," the rep said. “At no time was Mrs. Hill ever privy to any ‘priorities’ or ‘strategies.' As a result, she is in no position to comment and any claims to the contrary must be viewed with skepticism."

[Last modified: Wednesday, August 21, 2013 5:11pm]


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