Brad Pitt Apparently Dabbled in Scientology For Three Years
Well, this is certainly a surprise!
According to reports, Brad Pitt experimented with Scientology for a few years where he was “twinned” with a 15-year-old girl for up to five hours a day in a hot sauna during “purification” rituals and screamed at by church superiors during “bull baiting” sessions, according to a new report from the Sun.
His then-girlfriend, Juliette Lewis, allegedly introduced him in to the organization in the 1990s. Once source told the publication that during the star’s time at the Portland Celebrity Center, he went through a “purification rundown” with the teenage girl by his side as his “buddy.”
“I was being trained up to be a course supervisor, so was sent to Celebrity Center Portland for training,” the source explained. “While I was there I met the teenage daughter of the executive director of a Portland-based Scientology company. … One of the things she told me was that Brad Pitt, who was dating Scientologist Juliette Lewis at the time, did the purification rundown at Celebrity Center Portland. He did it there to keep out of the public eye.”
This specific girl was chosen because “she was the daughter of an established Scientologist,” the source explained. “In the Church of Scientology, people are often paired and made responsible for getting each other through courses, so she sat in the sauna with Pitt every day for the month, or so, that it took to get through it. She was definitely in the sauna with him, but there was nothing bad about it.”
The sauna is part of purification process “developed by Scientology founder L Ron Hubbard, which consists of high doses of vitamins, long saunas and exercise,” according to the Sun.
The actor’s former church supervisor, Michael Mallen, recalled to the Sun how he “insulted the s–t out” of Brad and verbally abused him.
“Brad was doing the therapeutic (training routines),” said Michael, who has since left the religion to became a staunch anti-Scientology activist.
“The first TR involves you sitting across from another person with eyes closed for some time,” Michael said. “Then you look at another person with eyes open for two hours.”
He continued, “Once you pass that drill, you go into what’s called bullbaiting. The ‘coach’ tries to get the student to react by pushing the student’s ‘buttons’. That’s what I did with Brad Pitt. I did it mercilessly, insulting the s–t out of him. His then girlfriend Juliette Lewis was there. He got so pissed off, he walked out of the trailer and just split. Juliette had to rescue him; he just needed to cool off. I guess no one had bullbaited him before. I was going pretty hard on him, but that’s the whole point, to get the person where they’re no longer reacting and can comfortably be there.”
Um, we’re officially shook. Read the rest of the tale at the Sun.