Celebrity Centres

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Church of Scientology Celebrity Centre International
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Scientology Celebrity Centre on Franklin Avenue in Hollywood, California
Formation 1969
Type Religious
Headquarters Hollywood, California, USA
David Petit
Website scientology.cc

Church of Scientology Celebrity Centres are Scientology churches that are open to the general public but are intended mostly for "artists, politicians, leaders of industry, sports figures and anyone with the power and vision to create a better world."[1]

The Celebrity Centre International was established in Hollywood, California, in 1969 by Yvonne Gillham, a Sea Org member who worked with L. Ron Hubbard. Since then, other centres have been established in New York, London, Paris and a number of other cities across the world.[2]

Critics of Scientology point to Hubbard's launch of "Project Celebrity" in 1955 to recruit celebrities into the church, and that the centres were established as an extension of this initial purpose.[3][4] The church denies the existence of a policy to actively recruit high-ranking celebrities.[5][6]

The current President and Commanding Officer of Celebrity Centre International in Hollywood is Captain David Petit.[citation needed]

Violent incident[edit]

On November 23, 2008, Mario Majorski arrived at the Los Angeles Celebrity Centre wielding dual samurai swords and threatening to injure people. Majorski was shot by Celebrity Centre security guards, and was later pronounced dead at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center. Police regard the guards' actions as justifiable. Majorski was a Scientologist in the early 1990s; however, he left the group fifteen years prior to the incident, according to Tommy Davis, who was head of the Centre at the time.[7][8] When he was still a member of the church, Majorski had filed lawsuits, later dismissed, against Louis West, a psychiatrist who was critical of Scientology.[9]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Church of Scientology Celebrity Centre International". Church of Scientology Celebrity International. Retrieved 14 July 2013. 
  2. ^ Wright, Lawrence (February 14, 2011). "The Apostate". The New Yorker. Condé Nast Digital. Retrieved February 13, 2011. 
  3. ^ William Shaw, What do Tom Cruise and John Travolta know about Scientology that we don't?, The Daily Telegraph, February 15, 2008.
  4. ^ Claire Hoffman and Kim Christensen (Los Angeles Times)Tom Cruise and Scientology, Newsday, December 18, 2005.
  5. ^ Official transcript for Countdown show (May 12, 2006)
  6. ^ YouTube video with part of the show related to Scientology
  7. ^ Strange, Hannah (2008-11-24). "Scientology guards kill swordwielding man in LA". The Times (London). Retrieved 2010-04-28. 
  8. ^ Ryan, Harriet (2008-12-04). "Killer of sword-wielding man won't face charges". The Los Angeles Times. 
  9. ^ Ryan, Harriet; Wagner, James (25 November 2008). "Man shot at Scientology site had made threats". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 17 February 2015. 

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