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In 1955 he wrote up his personal 'wish list' of celebrity devotees.

It included Pablo Picasso, Walt Disney, Ed Sullivan, Orson Welles and Ernest Hemingway.

Founder L Ron Hubbard viewed celebrities as a special breed, higher beings who could raise the 'tone' of the planet and he preached that they should be treated as such.

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Many of them, such as her false claims about the religion's leader, have been refuted through the sworn testimony of people with firsthand knowledge.

Karen Pressley's brief stint at Celebrity Centre ended nearly three decades ago, in 1989.

The former Commanding Officer of the Church of Scientology's Celebrity Centre Network has opened up for the first time to reveal what she calls the 'down and dirty' tactics employed by the church to 'hunt' and hook in celebrities.

Karen Schless Pressley was an elite member of the church's administrative Sea Org who signed her billion-year contract in 1986.

Pictured above is the The original Celebrity Centre on 8th Street Los Angeles'The impact is very traumatic.

It's like moving from Mars to Earth.'Karen had been out of the church more than ten years before she realized she needed help and was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

One name that usually gets erased from the church's list of actual conquests, Karen noted, is Charles Manson.

She said: 'Celebrity Centre is a safe harbor, where you can come and be yourself under the protection of their wing.

Shortly after the publication of her book, an episode of Leah Remini's Scientology the Aftermath, to which Karen had contributed, aired. Initially, Karen said: 'I didn't really want to do this interview until I healed. But I decided it's more important to me to tell this story.'Karen was raised Roman Catholic but never really 'found God' in that faith.

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