Former Scientologists told Village Voice Editor Tony Ortega new details about what he calls a “concentration camp” called “The Hole,” where disobedient VIPs were forced to make confessions.The church has repeatedly denied that The Hole exists. We contacted the church’s media relations department for comment. We’ll update when we hear back.
Here’s what Ortega learned from one former member about The Hole:
[Mike] Rinder says people he had considered friends would put on a show for the officials overseeing them, trying to outdo each other with vile accusations against each other. Cook testified that Miscavige wanted Marc Yager and Guillaume Lesevre, two of his longest-serving and highest-ranking officials, to confess to having a homosexual affair. The men were beaten until they made some forced admissions. When Cook objected to what was happening, she herself was made to stand in a trash can for twelve hours while insults were hurled at her, she was called a lesbian, and water was dumped on her head.”
Leader David Miscavige is “scared” and has improved conditions somewhat because of media scrutiny, John Brousseau, a 32-year veteran of the Church, told the Voice.
The list runs like a Who’s Who of former Scientology elite, including prominent current and former members like Debbie Cook, Tom DeVoch, Heber Jentzch and Sharon Johnston. One of the women who gave Ortega information supposedly got in trouble for feeding Tom Cruise a bad shrimp.
For more details and a list of people allegedly held in The Hole, click here.
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