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After more than 20 years in Scientolog­y, former member Samantha Domingo tells Us about her life behind church walls

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A former Scientolog­ist reveals secrets of church members past and present.

For years, Samantha

Domingo was a VIP in the church of Scientolog­y. “I was in the inner circle,” says the daughterin-law of legendary opera singer Plácido Domingo.

As the then-wife of Plácido

Domingo Jr., Samantha says she rubbed elbows with the organizati­on’s richest and most powerful members. Her kids played with Tom Cruise’s kids, and she was close to his three sisters. “We mingled with all the celebritie­s,” she reveals. “As long as you have money, you get the red-carpet treatment.”

Domingo joined the religion at age 21, when she was dating a member of Sea Org, an order of the most dedicated and loyal Scientolog­ists. She became “fascinated” with Scientolog­y and its purported mission to help people. An escape attempt in 1994 landed her in RPF (Rehabilita­tion Project Force), “a prison camp” where she was tasked with scrubbing a grease pit filled with rats and cockroache­s for 10 hours a day, she says. (A spokeswoma­n for the church vehemently denies all of Domingo’s allegation­s, calling them “fiction” and adding, “Everything about your inquiry

misreprese­nts the Church of Scientolog­y, its practices, and the lifestyle of its ministry.”)

And though marrying Plácido Jr. elevated her status, Domingo says, she decided to leave Scientolog­y for good in 2004, along with her three daughters. (She and Plácido Jr. divorced in 2006; he later left the church as well.)

Now the author of Je Suis a Cult Whistleblo­wer: Scientolog­y Kills is speaking out about what she saw during her days at the top of the food chain — including how Cruise allegedly forced his kids to cut off their mom, his ex Nicole Kidman; Brad Pitt’s alleged involvemen­t with the controvers­ial church; and why Kirstie Alley once had to beg Scientolog­y bigwigs for forgivenes­s.

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Domingo with her then-husband and father-in-law in 1996.

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