Tanja Castle was Scientology leader David Miscavige’s secretary for 13 years.But several years ago, she says she escaped the compound in the middle of the night. The reason, Tanja told KABC in Los Angeles, is that Miscavige allegedly tried to get her to divorce her husband, Stefan, so she could devote her life to being his secretary.
Miscavige is Tom Cruise’s best friend and served as best man at his wedding to Katie Holmes.
Tanja says she got in trouble with the church when she kept in touch with her husband, who had been sent to a labour camp for alleged financial misconduct.
After she was caught using a cell phone to contact him, she says she was demoted to menial labour and forced to live in isolation. The church denies these allegations.
Cut off from her husband, she decided to escape and jumped the fence surrounding the compound:
“There’s razor barrier along the top,” said Tanja, “but I managed to get myself over without hurting myself too much. I walked down Highway 79 — one of the security guards saw me.”
She was taken back to the compound and persuaded to join the church again. She divorced her husband although she felt a “void” without him.
But in 2006, she once again fled and met Stefan on the other side. The couple is now expecting their first child.
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