Priscilla Presley has become the latest celebrity to walk away from controversial Church of Scientology. Presley 72 years old who has been a member of the religious sect which counts Tom Cruise and John Travolta as members, said to friends she had quit the religion after nearly four decades. ‘I’ve had enough. I’m done’ told Presley, who recently dated singer Tom Jones. She is believed to have joined Scientology after death of husband Elvis. ‘Priscilla reached out to John Travolta after Elvis died in 77′ and that’s how she ended up in the church. She has been in it ever since and she raised her daughter Lisa Marie in it’ a source said.
Lisa Marie quit church in 2014. ‘Lisa Marie leaving made it hard for Priscilla. They are very close as a family and leaving the church has been a family decision’ the source said. Scientology, founded by science fiction writer L Ron Hubbard in 55′, has been the subject of controversy for years. Both Katie Holmes and Nicole Kidman, ex-wives of Top Gun star Cruise, have quit the church, as have actress Demi Moore and filmmaker Paul Haggis. Latter described it as an ‘evil cult’, saying ‘Everyone who’s left has left quietly. Everyone is so scared; all the well-known people.’ Scientologists go through a process of ‘auditing’, in which they are asked extremely personal questions about their lives, including their sexual orientation.
Former members have alleged this information is used to ‘blackmail’ members to stay. Others have accused secretive church of holding them prisoner, making them do hard labour and forcing them apart from their families. British filmmaker Louis Theroux was famously ‘tailed’ by Scientologists when he attempted to make a documentary about church. And BBC Panorama reporter John Sweeney told he had been ‘spied on’ during his investigation, ‘had my hotel invaded at midnight’ and was ‘chased around streets of LA by sinister strangers.’ Cruise has credited Scientology with ‘saving’ him. He famously criticised actress Brooke Shields in 2005 for taking anti-depressants to cope with postnatal depression, telling psychiatric drugs are ‘dangerous’ a view held by church. Lisa Marie told after leaving the church ‘I was slowly starting to self-destruct. They were taking my soul, my money, my everything.’ The church has always vehemently denied all charges of wrongdoing against it.