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Celebrity Centre

Scientology Celebrity Centre on Franklin Avenue in Hollywood, California
Formation 1955
Type Scientology recruitment
Headquarters Hemet, California, USA
Chairman of Religious Technology Center David Miscavige
Website Scientology.org/

Celebrity Centres are Church of Scientology facilities that are open to the public but serve mostly artists and celebrities and other "professionals, leaders and promising new-comers in the fields of the arts, sports, management and government", and "for those are the people who are sculpting the present into the future". The Celebrity Centre International was established in Hollywood, California, in 1969 by Yvonne Gillham, a Sea Org member who worked with L. Ron Hubbard. Since then, other centres have been established in New York, London, Paris and a number of other cities across the world.

The Church often quotes L. Ron Hubbard as saying that A culture is only as great as its dreams and its dreams are dreamed by artists, citing this as the reason that Celebrity Centres were established — to create a good environment for "artists". Critics of Scientology point to the fact that Hubbard launched "Project Celebrity" in 1955 to recruit celebrities into the church and say that the centres were established for this purpose, because celebrity members give Scientology the publicity it needs to achieve further expansion.[1][2] According to former publicity officer Robert Vaughn Young, "One of my jobs was to get celebrities active, to convince them to hustle and promote Scientology".[3] The head of the Los Angeles Celebrity Centre is Tom Davis, the son of actress and Scientologist Anne Archer.[4][5][6]

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Church's Position

Despite the existence of the dedicated celebrity centers and numerous witnesses of former scientologists, in the interview to MSNBC program Countdown with Keith Olbermann, Mike Rinder, who was a commanding officer of the Office of Special Affairs during that time, vigorously denied the existence of a policy to actively recruit high-ranking celebrities. [7][8]

Violent incident

On November 23rd 2008, Mario Majorski, a man who had previous dealings with the Church of Scientology, was shot dead by the Los Angeles Celebrity Centre's Security guards, while wielding dual samurai swords and attempting to injure the centre's guards. Majorski was pronounced dead at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center shortly after. "Hundreds of people were eating brunch or doing other activities at the time," said Scientology spokesman Tom Davis. Majorski was a Scientologist in the early 1990s; however, he left the group fifteen years prior to the incident, according to Tom Davis. Majorski, along with another man, sued a psychiatry professor from the University of California in 1993 for criticizing the Church of Scientology because of discrimination. However, the case was weak, and later dropped. This incident was not the only unusual behavior in Majorski. On November 2nd 2008, Majorski disrupted a Mormon service by swearing and "moving around a lot." Majorski was arrested for disorderly conduct and trespassing. Majorski was also arrested for "unlawful use of a weapon" less than a month before his death, for swinging an axe at an Auto Club employee, who was bringing him gas for his car. Majorski had threatened the church several times in 2005; these threats were reported to the FBI and local authorities. Majorski's motives for the incident have yet to be determined, however he did threaten the guards and said "something about revenge" according to a prosecutor's report . Majorski is being viewed as having previous "mental issues" as shortly after the incident. Police are regarding the guard's actions as justifiable, although the security guard who shot Majorski was detained. According to the Los Angeles County district attorney's office, the guard who shot Majorksi will not face charges [9][10][11][12][13][14].

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