Behind the scenes of Brad Pitt’s turbulent introduction to Scientology

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Earlier than he was a mega-star, Brad Pitt dabbled in Scientology for 3 years the place he was “twinned” with a 15-year-old lady for as much as 5 hours a day in a sizzling sauna throughout “purification” rituals and screamed at by church superiors throughout “bull baiting” periods.


Pitt was launched to the faith within the early 1990s by his then-girlfriend, actress Juliette Lewis, and dabbled in it for 3 years earlier than finally breaking off with each Lewis and the church to hunt superstardom on his personal.

A Scientology supply recalled that in Pitt’s time there he underwent a “purification rundown” on the Portland Superstar Heart, spending hours in a sizzling sauna the place he was assigned the teenage lady as a “buddy.”

The supply, an ex-follower, advised the Sun: “I used to be being skilled as much as be a course supervisor, so was despatched to Superstar Heart Portland for coaching. Whereas I used to be there I met the teenage daughter of the manager director of a Portland-based Scientology firm. … One of many issues she advised me was that Brad Pitt, who was courting Scientologist Juliette Lewis on the time, did the purification rundown at Superstar Heart Portland. He did it there to maintain out of the general public eye.”


The lady was chosen to “twin” with Pitt as “she was the daughter of a longtime Scientologist. … Within the Church of Scientology, persons are typically paired and made liable for getting one another by means of programs, so she sat within the sauna with Pitt every single day for the month, or so, that it took to get by means of it. She was undoubtedly within the sauna with him, however there was nothing dangerous about it.”

The sauna is a part of purification course of “developed by Scientology founder L Ron Hubbard, which consists of excessive doses of nutritional vitamins, lengthy saunas and train,” in line with the paper.

In response to Scientology information, Pitt accomplished some therapies in July 1991 and a “particular course in human analysis” in Might 1993.


In the meantime, Pitt’s former church supervisor, Michael Mallen, recalled to the Solar how he “insulted the s–t out” of Pitt and verbally abused him till he stormed out of the classroom.

“Brad was doing the therapeutic (coaching routines),” stated Mallen, who spent 40 years as a Scientologist earlier than lastly leaving in 2014 and writing a e-book, “Brainwashed,” about his time within the church.

The primary TR includes you sitting throughout from one other individual with eyes closed for a while,” Mallen advised the paper. “Then you definitely take a look at one other individual with eyes open for 2 hours. … When you move that drill, you go into what’s referred to as bullbaiting. The ‘coach’ tries to get the scholar to react by pushing the scholar’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 obtained so pissed off, he walked out of the trailer and simply break up. Juliette needed to rescue him; he simply wanted to chill off. I assume nobody had bullbaited him earlier than. I used to be going fairly onerous on him, however that’s the entire level, to get the individual the place they’re not reacting and may comfortably be there.”


Fortunately for Mallen, Lewis was in a position to cajole Pitt again that point. “Nobody needs a celeb to depart. If he hadn’t come again, I’d have been in massive bother,” Mallen recalled.

Pit finally bolted for good in 1993.

“I heard he did the purification rundown in Portland,” Mallen stated. “Seems to be like he determined he’d had sufficient round that point. They tried to get him again, however he by no means continued with Scientology.”


A rep for Pitt didn’t instantly return a message in search of remark.