The Church of Scientology is known for its celebrity members, and now the niece of church president David Miscavige has alleged that the group tried to recruit Brad Pitt and U2 lead singer Bono into its program. However, the Church has denied all of Jenna Miscavige Hill's claims in an official statement.
"At no time was Mrs. Hill ever privy to any 'priorities' or 'strategies,'" a representative of the Church told Radar Online. "As a result, she is in no position to comment and any claims to the contrary must be viewed with skepticism. Our priorities are and always have been the establishment and expansion of the Scientology religion. In furtherance of this is the establishment of 37 new Scientology churches in major metropolitan areas and cultural centers around the world in just the past few years."
But Hill has made many claims, though their authenticity and truth have been questioned by Scientology leaders.
"There's a celebrity strategy and they're targeted for their influence, not their money," Hill said in an interview with Radar Online. "They know people are obsessed with celebrities and will get more interested in Scientology. I think that celebrities are more inclined to be egocentric and Scientology caters for that – you're your own God. They're probably being told that all the time."
According to Hill, Brad Pitt went through the group's detoxification program developed by L. Ron Hubbard. He was battling addiction at the time and dating Juliette Lewis, who is a long-standing member of the group.
"I remember my mum working on renovations for the Celebrity Centre in Los Angeles and she saw Brad Pitt there. I was in love with him at the time," Hill said. "He was in there to do the Purification Rundown. It's like the first step. I guess he was doing it because of his girlfriend Juliette Lewis. I know Juliette was into drugs and says Scientology saved her from them."
"Scientology is meant to save people and the world," Hill added, "so the charitable thing appeals to a celebrity. If you're egocentric, not always confident, or insecure because of being in the public eye and want to be charitable, Scientology pushes your buttons. That's why someone like Bono would fit the bill perfectly, as so many people know him."
Hill explained that Bono's worldwide appeal and human nature would attract a new plethora of fans to the religious sect and would have likely had an intense effect on the organization. However, he never joined Scientology.
Though Hill has made these claims, the group insists she is not in a position to do so.