Jason Lee and Scientology: Juicy Allegations by Lee’s Ex-Wife in ‘Enquirer’ Story, ‘Hollywood Cult Confidential’


Last week’s series on Scientology by Anderson Cooper was so effective at lulling us to sleep, we overlooked a nice pick-me-up from, of all places, the National Enquirer.

How’s this for a time-release bomb? Jason (My Name Is Earl) Lee divorced actress Carmen Llywellyn in 2001, but only now is she coming forward with some fairly entertaining dirt about Lee, a Scientologist, and his celebrity Scientologist friends.

Llywellyn tells the Enquirer that she’s trying to stay far away from L. Ron Hubbard’s wacky cabal since she divorced Lee:

“If I see a Scientologist now, I cross the street. I was shopping recently when (Dharma & Greg star) Jenna Elfman, who’s a staunch Scientologist, approached me. She spouted statements like a robot and treated me like dirt because she knew I’d broken free.”

Llywellyn says she only joined Scientology because Lee made that a prerequisite for being with him (the couple was married from 1995 to 2001):

“His message was that if I didn’t join, I wasn’t going to be with him,” she said. “So I joined, but it was like a cult, and I foolishly allowed it to take root in me.”

Once in the bizarro club, Llywellyn got to meet some of its goofy VIPs, like Tom Cruise and his then-wife, Nicole Kidman:

“Jason and I were talking to Tom, and we told him that we went to the Scientology Centre in Los Angeles. He said brightly, ‘Oh, yeah? Well, me and Nicole are Scientologists, too! Right, Nic?’

“But she turned and gave Tom the most evil look. She stared at him for about 10 seconds, and Tom looked at her like he was throwing daggers with his eyes.

“I interpreted her look to mean, ‘I am not a Scientologist. And I will not be a Scientologist.’ She was clearly mad at Tom for saying she was. And the next thing you know, they’re getting a divorce!

“At the time, the word went around all the Scientologists that ‘Nicole is an S.P., so Tom has to divorce her.’ And S.P. is a Suppressive Person, which is Scientology jargon for the devil.”

(See how much fun this is, Anderson?)

Llywellen says that when she and Lee finally divorced, Scientology officials tried to arrange a settlement that was very unfavorable to her. So she got her own attorney and got a better one.

Afterward, however…

“Scientology threatened my spiritual health, saying that I’d lose all my friends,” said Carmen.

“I lost my manager and my career. People didn’t return my phone calls.

“Scientologists followed me down the street. They took pictures of my kids. They’d stake out my house, wait until we came out and follow us. They came looking for me to scare me. I was nearly suicidal.”

Well, she sounds happy to be free of the “church.”

No word, however, whether David Miscavige ever slugged her.

Tony Ortega is the editor-in-chief of the Village Voice. Since 1995, he’s been writing about Scientology at several publications. Among his other stories about L. Ron Hubbard’s organization:

The Larry Wollersheim Saga — Scientology Finally Pays For Its Fraud
The Tory Bezazian (Christman) Story — How the Internet Saved A Scientologist From Herself
The Jason Beghe Defection — A Scientology Celebrity Goes Rogue
The Paul Haggis Ultimatum — The ‘Crash’ Director Tells Scientology to Shove It
The Marc Headley Escape — ‘Tom Cruise Told Me to Talk to a Bottle’