Placido Domingo Jr. targeted by Scientologists after he abandons cult for ex-wife he was ordered not to see again
July 11, 2011
- Son of famous tenor says organisation is scary but pathetic
- Told to 'disconnect' from woman with whom he had three children
Opera singer Placido Domingo Jr. claims that he is being targeted by Scientologists after he left the controversial religion.
The son of renown tenor Placido Domingo left the cult earlier this year but claims the way that he has been treated is 'scary and pathetic'.
a common tactic that is used to isolate followers
Domingo walked out on the group after its leaders ordered him to cut all contact with his ex-wife Samantha - but he refused.
Scientology leaders put out a mass call for church members to 'unfriend' him on Facebook on Saturday, revealed Village Voice.
'It's an outrage. It's penitent-privilege information. Imagine if they did that to Tom Cruise or John Travolta. My God,' he said.
Actors Tom Cruise and John Travolta are both high-profile followers of the obscure group, that follows practices created by speculative fiction author L. Ron Hubbard.
The star claimed that his problems began when he was ordered to 'disconnect' from his ex-wife Samantha and only communicate with their three daughters via an attorney.
Domingo added: 'It was suggested that I get an attorney that I could communicate with my children so I could stay away from my ex-wife. It was insane.
'I don't think anyone has the right to tell someone who they can speak to or see. Especially when it comes to spiritual freedom'
Domingo and Samantha met through the church of Scientology in 1994, and eventually had three daughters.
They divorced but remained on good terms as they raised their children. Samantha lives in Kent, England while Domingo lives in Miami.
Samantha, a member of 20 years, left the church and Scientology leaders allegedly ordered Domingo to 'disconnect' with his family - a common tactic that is used to isolate followers.
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