Niece of Scientology Leader to Speak Out on Nightline


A couple of members of Anonymous at their “Operation Reconnect” event at Central Park earlier this month.

Scientology gets a major media close-up tonight when “Nightline” sits down with Jenna Miscavige Hill, the niece of Church leader David Miscavige, about what life is like growing up Scientology.

Hill has been big news among Scientology critics since January, after she refuted claims by Scientology brass that the Church’s “disconnection” policy, by which Scientologists are separated from friends and family members hostile to the Church, was only used on rare occasions. In an open letter Hill wrote that she was denied total access to her parents after they left the Church in 2000.

“Not only was I not allowed to speak to them, I was not allowed to answer a phone for well over a year, in case it was them calling me,” wrote Hill. Her letter was the genesis for Anonymous’ “Operation Reconnect,” a series of global protests held earlier this month to draw attention to “disconnection” and to reunite Scientologists with their estranged families.

Anonymous’ next round of protests, “Operation Fair Game,” will take place on May 10, and will highlight the means and methods used by the Church of Scientology to intimidate and harass its critics.

Hill’s interview will air on ABC tonight at 11:35 p.m. Her full letter is here.