Scientology Celebrities Who Partied on the Freewinds While Valeska Paris Was Held on the Ship Against Her Will

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Rings exchanged at sea?
We've been reporting all week on the stunning story of Valeska Paris, the Swiss-born woman who now lives in Australia and who says that from 1996 to 2007, beginning when she was only 18 years old, she was held on Scientology's private cruise ship, the Freewinds, as a virtual prisoner.

Valeska alleges that church leader David Miscavige put her on the ship to keep her away from her mother, who had sued Scientology. Her passport was taken, and she says she had no way of getting away from the ship.

As we noted earlier, it was the Freewinds -- and with Valeska aboard -- that was turned into one big Tom Cruise tribute when the actor was flown to the ship for a birthday celebration in 2004. But Valeska was on the ship for a long time. Which other Scientology celebrities enjoyed the ship while Valeska was being held on board?

The sharp-eyed researchers over at Operation Clambake and WhyWeProtest.net dug through Kristi Wachter's helpful database that brings together lists of Scientologists who are named in church publications. One of those publications, Freewinds, specifically lists members who have completed courses on the ship. And among the many names can be found quite a few very familiar ones.

So sit back and enjoy the show as we bring you the happy Scientology celebrities who sailed the high seas while Valeska labored, and we'll tell you a little about what they learned on their voyages...

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SP 'Onage
SP 'Onage

How 'bout - Jenna "What is your crime?! Did you rape a baby?!" Elfman.

Has she gone full time OSA or is she still acting? I'm to lazy to google it.

Does anyone know where I can buy a 'Scientology is Gay' or 'Scientology Kills' t-shirt? Not sure if it's safe buying one online?

tit_man
tit_man

Laura Prepon a scientologist?     She has a nice rack and a bright future in adult films.    She needs to start while her assets are still worthy, and she is still able to make the church a little pocket change. 

fred_zepellin
fred_zepellin

Whores and has-beens.     Big deal. a fool and his (or her) money are soon (impoverished) thetans......

NE Mom
NE Mom

Not at all surprising - most of these people have been the avid and open supporters of Scientology who refuse to acknowledge any wrong doing by their "church" because they are brainwashed. They are entertaining artists, but tedious human beings. I was not at all impressed with them as actors or people once I realize they were Scientology zombies.

The very detailed stories made public by people like Valeska, Miscaviage's own family, Mike Rinder, Paul Haggis and so many others would make me ask deeper questions - and challenge my faith. Even the most devout Catholics demanded answers about sexual abuse in the church as more victims came forth. A desire for truth and honestly (no matter how painful) trumped blind faith.

These entertainers are so self-absorbed - their careers, wealth, image and personal evolution (as if!) is all that matters in spite of the suffering of others. This is not religion. It's an accessory, a secret handshake for the naive who think it will propel them to the top (professionally and socially, but not spiritually), a talisman for the superstitious and paranoid, or a non-narcotic drug for people with addictive personalities. To sum it all up, it's dangerous, opportunistic, and empty. It pursues and exploits the modt vulnerable in spirit and mind. Scientology is NOT a religion.

SP 'Onage
SP 'Onage

I think Dr. Drew was spot on about Tom Cruise.

Dr. Drew. Drew Pinsky, a board-certified specialist and host of a nationally syndicated talk show, Loveline, said this about Tom Cruise: “A lot of people in the public eye who behave strangely have mental illness we can learn from, and much of it is based on childhood trauma, without a doubt. Take a guy like Tom Cruise. Why would somebody be drawn into a cultish kind of environment like Scientology? To me, that’s a function of a very deep emptiness and suggests serious neglect in childhood, maybe some abuse, but mostly neglect.”

SP 'Onage
SP 'Onage

Frank Zappa - a celebrity who could see through the bullshit of $cientology.

"How about that? You hold on to the tin cans and then this guy asks you a bunch of questions, and if you pay enough money you get to join the master race. How's that for a religion?" -- Frank Zappa, to a concert audience at the Rockpile, Toronto, May 1969

Jgg
Jgg

  It's amazing how out of touch celebrities are.  I have seen several say they aren't paid enough or cannot leave on a few million dollars a year.  Just the types of idiots who would fall for such a cult.

mjm
mjm

from the WWP website, celebs who have been on the Freewinds: Tom Cruise 2004, other sails are condidential for some reason,

Juliette Lewis 1999

father Geoffrey Lewis in 2000,

Jenna Elfman 2005 and 2009,

Sofia Milos in 2000, and 2004,

Stacy Francis in 2004, twice in 2005, twice in 2007, and 2010,

Nancy Cartwright in 2004,

Anne Archer in 1993,

Catherine Bell in 1990 and 2000,

Grant Cardone 2004 and 2007,

Kate Ceberano in 2001 twice,

Erika Christensen in 2001 ,

Chick Corea in 1990, 1991 twice,

Doug Dohring in 1989, 1995,1996,2000,2001,

Chistopher Masterson in 1997 and 2005,

Alanna Masterson 2003,

Jordan Masterson in 2003,

Carol Masterson in 1999, twice in 2000, three times in 2001, two times in 2003, two times in 2005, and 2009, <---- winner! go get checked for asbestos!

Jim Meskimen in 1990, 2000,2001,2005,2006,

Marisol Nichols in 2000,

Laura Prepon in 2005,

Marissa Ribisi in 2000.....

Whereswaldo
Whereswaldo

The best part is the cold sore... hmm, what was she REALLY doing down there?!what nonsense!

Stardust
Stardust

How much does VV need to stretch things to connect things to their hatred of Scientology... ugh! 

Tosha
Tosha

Valeska's false testimony really has nothing to do with the celebrities that believe in Scientology. It is so typical of Village Voice to use this story to say something bad about celebrity Scientologists. Leave them alone and respect people for what they believe in.

Marcotai
Marcotai

Rational individuals have also a hard time believing Valeska's story. But you will see that most of the commenters in here have already their hate agenda set up and they will not in anyway change their biased and prejudicial mind. If Tony Ortega worked as hard at fixing its own business in, promoting  child sex trafficking and pornography organisations as it does lying and crying about the Church of SCN, then perhaps he and his newspaper wouldn't be the world's most ridiculed and despised wannabe journalism.

MarkStark
MarkStark

Wouldn't it be just terrible -- I mean the planet might collapse -- if because of this article, one of these celebrities read Valeska's story, and wanted to know more? ;-)

SP 'Onage
SP 'Onage

I think $cientology celebrities should tour the whole ship on they're own without any guards around. They need to examine the engine room and talk to the slaves without any interference or surveillance.

It's the responsible thing to do.

princerainer
princerainer

How is it that because you do not agree with Scientology's beliefs, this story has to be true. It sounds so ridiculous and far fetched - PERIOD.

Gavin
Gavin

What happened to 'innocent until proven guilty'? On top of the fact that this whole story sounds so bogus! I read what the Scientologists had to say and it does not sound irrational. www.scientologynews.org/statem...

Fig_3_3_3
Fig_3_3_3

What a bunch of dumb clueless fuc$'s

MarkStark
MarkStark

"The Route to Infinity" course sure seems popular. I think that's the one for me.

That's the course about being anything you want....the "theta being"..."what forces, in the span of the whole track, could be responsible for bringing that vital being down to such a state that he would think he was a body?"

How about a bad case of gas, or hemorrhoids perhaps? Maybe an ass full of Vistaril?

I still want to take the course, but do you think they would accept theta dollars? They are just like real dollars, only better, because they aren't bound by physical beingness.

Jaqueee
Jaqueee

Valeska signed up to be on this ship and stayed there on her own Freewill. Even her husband says that her claims are false...she just wants attention and money for this load of crap 'story'. Its pathetic to see how people here are willing to take the fundamental principle that America was built upon, FREEDOM also entailing freedom of religion, to slander the names of those who attended events on this ship. Why don't you publish the names of all those who bank at criminal investment management firms...or, Walmart shoppers? These corps are enslaving millions of Americans with their greedy business practices...why don't you put all the oblivious people who subscribe to their services on blast too?? Actually, I think its your right to write whatever the hell you'd like...after all...it is America. However, have the decency to be fair.

Jgg
Jgg

   Wouldn't it be great if even 1 celebrity scibot became an independent Scientologist?  Criticizing the whole thing (Beghe, Haggis) is great, but even an independent move by a Travolta or Cruise would lead to great publicity over the abuses of the cult.

Ben
Ben

Somehow I have a hard time believing Valeska's story.  I doubt the she was there against her will. Her story is unbelievable and her character has no credibility. And to bring in the Scientology celebrities in this story, when they have really nothing to do with it is cheap tabloid-ism to get people to read this sensationalist article.

Jgg
Jgg

  Exactly.  Cruise had an abusive father, moved 12 times in 15 years, and dropped out of high school.  This was his first family. 

Arnoldsulzer
Arnoldsulzer

Don't forget John Travolta. I met him on the ship with his brother in 1990.

NCSP
NCSP

You're right. It has nothing to do with their beliefs.

It has to with their substantial financial support and their public advocacy for a group that enslaves people.

It might have been possible to plead ignorance twenty or even ten years ago, but at this point, there's too much information out there for that. Anyone who supports the Church of Scientology in any way is complicit -- morally if not legally -- in a system that makes people suffer in the most wretched ways. The sooner they renounce it the better for them and everyone else.

Clarkle
Clarkle

Not until your group stops abusing people.  Get used to it, cause we're not going away!!!!!!

mjm
mjm

how's the RPF goin' for ya?

NCSP
NCSP

If you gave your posts to a native English speaker to correct before you posted them, you might be able to communicate more effectively. As it is you sound both crazy AND stupid. I would aim for just crazy if I were you.

Clarkle
Clarkle

Troll,  you only wish you were a scilon.   They wouldn't touch you because of your multiple personality issues.

robinlandseadel
robinlandseadel

Rational individuals know all your posts are pure bullshit.

Something worth noticing—as the stories of various Scientology crimes against human decency become better known, thanks in large part to the work of Tony Ortega, more and more folks are posting to this blog. None of them agree with the CO$ official line. If there was anyone with any sense in the Scientology Organization they would stop their ongoing negative campaign against consensus reality. But check out how many downstats for CO$ are on Google News right now.

I'm not sure what Marcotai's real purpose is here. Marcotai is bad PR for the CO$. I really don't know if that's intentional or not. Whatever he is up to, he isn't competent.

SP 'Onage
SP 'Onage

Marcotai, you never answered my question, silly you. lol

Jan Eastgate - Do you know where she is?Are you making sure she has no contact with innocent children?

I'm sure the world would like to know what is happening in the court hearings of Jan Eastgate (head of scientology front group 'citizens commission for human rights') who has been charged in Australia with perverting the course of justice in a child abuse case. Perhaps I should google some of her aliases like Jan Eastgate, Janice Meyer, Jan Meyer.

Marcotai
Marcotai

Oh....they do, almost every public (not only celebrities) are doing a tour all over the ship included the engine room. 

MarkStark
MarkStark

Show us your super powerz Louanne-Jaqueee, and then you can talk about freewill. Start by writing a paragraph that shows you have at least a high school education. Apparently that would take a course at Cult U. which you have not yet completed.

Again, like most mind fk'd culties, you have no conception of the purpose of journalism. This is about the celebrity vs. slave class of Sciloontology. It is about people who have so much money, they can make any choices they want, and the children who have little choice, who end up their slaves. And you would like to have it all kept secret.

Just because the ship is named Freewinds, doesn't mean you get a freewill pass once on board. Valeska was trapped there, to keep her away from her SP mother.

Boycott the celebrities who support this abusive money-sucking mind trap!

SP 'Onage
SP 'Onage

OSAbot's are here. YAY!

Your to late. Millions of people now know the truth about $cientology.

You are insulting the intelligence of the general public.

Even Valeska's husband claims she's lying, are you serious? You must be on drugs.

MarkStark
MarkStark

Yes it would be great. I think of it too. Unfortunately, neither Beghe or Haggis had the public visibility as Scilebrities, compared to Cruise or Travolta. Reading Wright's story on Haggis, I had a sinking feeling.

If a bright, thoughtful writer like Haggis didn't question it all for decades, and had the gay daughter (with a problem at school), the wife's parents disconnected, finding Xenu far-fetched, what would it take to penetrate the bubble of a mere actor, who doesn't even have that level of thing happening in their own life because of Scientology.

On the bright side of Wright's story, there was Tommy Davis inadvertently coming through with the truth, and Haggis himself being quite honest. Even with non-Scilebrities, practically no one leaves mainly because they see something happening to others that is abusive and unjust.

I think the best chance for shifting the public would be a movie or TV mini-series. Another possibility would be for a popular young actor getting involved, only to renounce and denounce it vocally months later. 

The web is building steadily, with the writing Tony has done, the books, the SP Times, I think that contributes greatly. At some point, the public will be so well-informed that they will question Scilebrities, and hold them accountable for what they support.

Scilebrities like the glamor and publicity the cult provides. Look at the hundreds of fluff articles that were planted by the cult about Travolta.

Marcotai
Marcotai

Rational individuals have also a hard time believing Valeska's story.But you will see that most of the commenters in here have already their hate agenda set up and they will not in anyway change their biased and prejudicial mind.If Tony Ortega worked as hard at fixing its own business in, promoting  child sex trafficking and pornography organisations as it does lying and crying about the Church of SCN, then perhaps he and his newspaper wouldn't be the world's most ridiculed and despised wannabe journalist. 

Ben
Ben

Take time to peruse the Church of Scientology's official statement about Valeska.  http://bit.ly/u3s2PO Valeska was there out of her own free will, even her ex-husband can attest to that. Think about it, anybody can come up with a story, four years later after she was supposed to be "imprisoned." She's getting attention, but it is all publicity and no authoritative action. Why - because anybody who's smart enough will know that she's not telling the truth.

SP 'Onage
SP 'Onage

I bet you don't believe this either:

Jan Eastgate aka Janice Meyer (head of scientology front group 'citizens commission for human rights')who has been charged in Australia with perverting the course of justice in a child abuse case -her case - the case relating to child sexual abuse -the case where she is accused of having coached the child witness to lie about the abusewhich was inflicted on her by a Scientologist.

SP 'Onage
SP 'Onage

I wonder if Tom only associates with celebrity $cientologist?

Clarkle
Clarkle

You would have no idea what goes on.  You barely leave you mom's basement.

SP 'Onage
SP 'Onage

Oops! I meant to say, celebrities accompanied with the FBI.

Bill Straass
Bill Straass

My wife was being held against her will on the Freewinds while was booted off for contracting HIV from  a blood transfusion given in their home port . The Captain told her to forget about me as I would be dead soon anyway. They sent me to a chiropractor for treatment who told me not to take the standard HIV drugs as they were deadly. I even lied, telling my parent that she was free to leave but wanted to stay and turn over her post. So, if a staff member whose death is imminent will lie to protect them surely anyone else affiliated with the organization will.Bill Straass Former Mechanics Chief Freewinds

Marcotai
Marcotai

OSA?LOL, you are just paranoid, I'm guessing who is more 'brainwashed' between a rational person and you.

Tye Solaris
Tye Solaris

A very effective film could be made without ever mentioning the cult.

Just create a 'mirror image' of how it all works.... maybe something like 'Mad Men' meets "The Wire"...However, keeping it a secret would be one thing.... getting any kind of distribution would be another... theatrically, I think Mark Cuban would not be hesitant .... and cable networks would be thinking twice because they are corporations with shareholders...It is very surprising that such a complex talent as Paul Haggis could not see that he was in a Cult... which speaks to the accomplishment of Hubbard and the relentless willingness of the GO and OSA to Silence or Destroy anything or anyone that stands up and tells "Their Truth"...A large number of top actors, directors, producers see that there is something wrong going on with this "church" .... but they are also confused because the scientologists they  know do not show any indicators of the stories they hear or read about.... so they just do not see any 'upside' to making noise about it all...

robinlandseadel
robinlandseadel

Rational individuals— 

A: Know you're a mindless troll.

B. Know how to spell and use correct grammar and word selection.

NCSP
NCSP

Show business is weird. Because of the nature of the work, 99% of the people you deal with either have, have had, or may have in the future, some kind of working relationship with you -- actors, executives, filmmakers, crew members, journalists, household staff, etc. As a result, people are very careful not to rock the boat or cause conflict with others.

So even if he has a wide range of non-Scientologist friends, they're not likely to "be confronting" with him, as he says in the infamous video.

SP 'Onage
SP 'Onage

Marcotai isn't a scilon or OSA? So, I've been wasting my time on a nut-job troll.

Note to self: Try not to feed the troll.

Clarkle
Clarkle

We know you're not OSA, you are not even a scientologist.

robinlandseadel
robinlandseadel

As your mental processes are all hopelessly degraded, you are clearly out of the running to play in the "Rational Person" category.

Time to get out of the basement Marco, your mama's calling you upstairs for supper.

SP 'Onage
SP 'Onage

Hahaha! Your so glib and entertaining, you ought to be in the movies. lol

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