The son of famous tenor Placido Domingo, who is a composer himself, says Scientology is “scary and pathetic” for the way it has been treating him since his decision to leave the controversial religion.
Domingo says his problems with Scientology began when he was ordered to “disconnect” from his ex-wife Samantha and only communicate with their three daughters via an attorney, after Samantha left the religion.
Placido and Samantha met through Scientology in 1994. They later divorced but remained friendy and cooperated to raise their three girls. Then, last year, Samantha left Scientology. That’s when officials of the organization ordered Placido to have no contact with her.
He refused to “disconnect” from his family, and instead also left Scientology.
Placido Domingo Jr. says that triggered a Facebook post telling other Scientologists to “unfriend” him. More than 120 did.
Then a blog went up, publishing extensive personal information about him, details about his life Domingo said he’d revealed during Scientology – what he thought were private “auditing” sessions. The revelations included the admission that he had been unfaithful to his wife.
“It’s an outrage,” Domingo said of the privacy intrusion. “”Imagine if they did that to Tom Cruise or John Travolta. My God! The information about adultery. That was only mentioned in session.”
Samantha Domingo conformed her ex-husband’s ordeal after leaving the religion. Samantha has become a supporter of former Scientology officer Marty Rathbun, who has been harassed at his Texas home by a group of church members calling themselves Squirrel Busters.
“They have people by the balls,” Placido Domingo Jr. said of those in authority in Scientology, adding that he hopes he can help others from falling “into this trap.”