A former top female Scientologist — who worked with some of the Church’s biggest celebrities, including John Travolta — is opening up about the three years she was forced to endure Scientology “prison” all because she kissed another woman.
In an exclusive new interview with Daily Mail, 39-year-old Nora Crest (pictured) speaks candidly about the ordeal.
“It was the most horrific time of my life,” she says. “I was battered and bruised, pushed around and nearly died trying to leave the Church, and all because I had the audacity to desire another woman.”
The cult’s founder, L. Ron Hubbard, believed homosexuality was an “illness” and ordered the Church to “cure” any homosexuals in their midst, which is exactly what officials tried doing to Crest.
“I was brainwashed into believing I’d done wrong and had to live in horrific conditions for three years before I was finally allowed to leave,” she recalls.
Crest says after she was caught kissing her female roommate, she was sent to secret concentration camp in a remote Southern California suburb where she was made to endure hard labor.
“It was the culture where every minute of every day, hundreds of people were watching you, judging you, making sure you didn’t step out of line,” she says. “We were sleeping in dorms where there were at least 33 women on bunk beds, three beds high … We had three meals a day, where you have 20 minutes to gather your food and eat it, and 30 minutes to do your hygiene.”
“The rooms had bugs and cockroaches,” Crest continues. “The bunks were dirty mattresses with rusty springs dating back to the ’50s. Disgusting conditions become the norm and you think that’s what you deserve and that you are what they say you are: a worthless piece of shit.”