Another former Scientology member is speaking up against the notorious church and how it has completely ruined her life. Carmen LLewellyn, ex-wife of actor and scientology member Jason Lee, spilled the beans of what really goes on behind the scenes of the Church of Scientology (CoS) and offers some opinions on celebrity members such as John Travolta & Tom Cruise:
Carmen joined the church in 1995 when she married Lee, and left when she divorced him in 2002...she says Jason "was a drunk who beat me up" and forced her to join Scientology. "I foolishly allowed it to take root in me," she says. She describes hanging out at the Hollywood Scientology Center with Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman, and says Scientology is why the pair divorced:
Jason and I were talking to Tom, and we told him that we went to the CoS center in LA. He said brightly, 'Oh yeah? Well, me and Nicole are Scientologists too! Right, Nic?' But she turned and gave Tom the most evil look. She stared at him for about 10 seconds, and Tom looked at her like he was throwing daggers with his eyes. I interpreted her look to mean, 'I am not a Scientologist, and I will not be a Scientologist.' She was clearly mad at Tom for saying she was. And the next thing you know, they're getting a divorce!
At the time, the word went around all the Scientologists that 'Nicole is an S.P. so Tom has to divorce her.' An S.P. is a Suppressive Person, which is CoS jargon for the devil.
Llywellyn also notes how "odd" it was that John Travolta and wife Kelly Preston brought their daughter Ella to church functions, but never their late son Jett, who some speculate was autistic. After she left the church, Jenna Elfman "spouted statements like a robot and treated me like dirt."
I lost my manager and my career. People didn't return my phone calls. Scientologists followed me down the street. They took pictures of my kids. They'd stake out my house, wait until we came out and follow us. They came looking for me to scare me, I was nearly suicidal.
If I see a Scientologist now, I cross the street.
Although Scientology controversies are nothing new, we don't blame Carmen for being fearful of her life. The church is famous for using various "tactics" in order to supress any sort of criticism towards their religion. Their members are maniacal when it comes to protecting the sanctity of their cult at all costs. The fact that many aspects of the religion still remains shrouded in mystery, it will only be a matter of time before the truth finally seeps to the surface.