Scientology touts its imposing “Celebrity Centre” in Hollywood as a place for famous members “with the power and vision to create a better world” to gather.
But for the movie and television stars who step inside the massive seven-story building – a replica of a 17th-century French-Normandy castle – it’s actually a chilling “House of Horrors!”
That’s the blockbuster finding of a world-exclusive investigation conducted by The National ENQUIRER that reveals the brainwashing, harassment and torture inflicted on the cult-like religion’s A-list members by its leaders.
“Scientology has scarred the lives of its top celeb members, and even others who have considered joining,” revealed one church whistle-blower.
“Jerry Seinfeld and Russell Crowe realized what the church was about, and ran like hell after they toyed with becoming members!”
Tragic “Superman” star Christopher Reeve “smartly” abandoned ship after he was hooked up to an “E-meter,” a crude lie detector used by Scientology auditors, added the source.
The informant added: “But others who have stayed have been less fortunate – and seen their lives destroyed!”
“The King of Queens” actress Leah Remini suffered through a vicious “hate campaign” when she defected in 2013, after disagreeing with some of the controversial church’s practices and policies.
Until then, she and another devout Scientologist, Kirstie Alley, had been close pals.
But after Leah left, Kirstie lashed out on Twitter, posting a message about losing someone she “thought was my friend,” and then adding: “F— ’em.”
But the former “Cheers” star is one of many top actors facing possible retribution if she ever defected, sources said.
While Scientology denies keeping “dirt files,” audio or video recordings of its members during auditing sessions – the equivalent of a Catholic church confessional – a source said: “Kirstie is trapped because Scientology has all her personal secrets and can use them for blackmail!”
The 64-year-old battled cocaine abuse in the past, and has been the subject of persistent rumors about her sexuality.
“Her secrets are kept in Scientology’s mountainside vault in the New Mexico desert,” said the source.
“That’s where the incriminating logs, tapes and videos are held!”
Carmen Llywelyn, the ex-wife of Scientologist Jason Lee, who starred on TV’s “My Name Is Earl,” told The ENQUIRER the church harbors “a sick obsession” with its members’ sex lives.
But no celebrity has come under greater scrutiny about his or her sexuality than 61-year-old John Travolta.
Jesse Prince, who claimed he held the church’s second-highest rank when he left in 1992 after 16 years, told The ENQUIRER: “I can confirm that John Travolta once threatened to marry his boyfriend.
“There’s no question [Scientology] had a lot on John’s gay activities and used it to keep him from leaving – and to keep him in line.”
John’s wife, actress Kelly Preston, “has been kept a prisoner of the church because they know all the details of her personal life as well,” the source said.
John’s personal assistant, Sylvia “Spanky” Taylor, was even terrorized by the church when her 10-month-old daughter was placed “in a prison for children” after she questioned their policies.
She later fled a “torture chamber,” and was able to rescue the baby and leave Scientology.
One star who hasn’t been afraid of cutting ties with the church is Lisa Marie Presley, who broke from Scientology in 2012.
Later, the mom of four cryptically said: “I was surrounded by people who were not well-intended … I uncovered it and it was mind-blowing.”
She was not alone.
“Ghost” star Demi Moore quit her studies with the religion after hooking up with Bruce Willis, because he didn’t want his future kids raised as Scientologists.
Will Smith and wife Jada Pinkett Smith have long denied being Scientologists, although they opened a school that followed a teaching method developed by Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard.
The school abruptly shut down in 2013, with some students claiming that they couldn’t even read when they left sixth grade.
The source said: “If they’re smart, they will forget they were ever associated with Scientology!”