Scientology leader’s niece reveals disturbing details of controversial religion
New York: The niece of Scientology leader David Miscavige has opened up about how she left the controversial church in her tell-all memoir.
In the book, ‘Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape,’ Jenna Miscavige Hill reveals “strange and disturbing details” about how she grew up in the church and provides her first-hand account of its upper ranks, the New York Post reported.
Miscavige Hill has frequently criticized the religion since she publically broke with it in 2005.
She told investigative journalist Philip Recchia in 2008, “if you flunked your uniform inspection, sometimes if you were late . . . you would be dumped with a five-gallon bucket of ice water.”
She also commented about the organization’s most famous member, Tom Cruise, and his split with wife Katie Holmes.
“As a mother myself, I offer my support to Katie and wish for her all of the strength she will need to do what is best for her and her daughter,” she said.
Miscavige Hill claimed that the church cut off all contact with her parents, who had left Scientology in 2000, when she was 16-years-old.
Letters were allegedly intercepted and she was allegedly not allowed to answer the telephone for over a year.
After leaving the church, Miscavige Hill, with Kendra Wiseman and Astra Woodcraft—both also raised in Scientology—founded the website exscientologykids.com, a support group for ex-Scientology members.