London, Jan. 1 (ANI): Scientologists were coerced to play a bizarre game of musical chairs to decide who should be in the cult's inner circle, a new book has revealed.
Church members danced frantically to Queen's 'Bohemian Rhapsody' until 4 am. The mad ritual in a "punishment cell" dubbed The Hole climaxed in violent scenes, John Sweeney wrote in his book 'The Church of Fear,' the Sun reported.
Former sect member Tom DeVocht told the BBC Panorama that competitors faced rejection by leader David Miscavige - a friend of Scientologist superstar Tom Cruise - if they lost a chair place.
DeVocht, a builder, said that everybody played the game with this mental anguish and people kept breaking down.
A chair was smashed in two as a winner was decided in the cell - built from two trailer homes at the sect's California HQ, Gold Base, at Gilman Hot Springs.
DeVocht claimed that he was a long-time friend of Miscavige, 52, until he left the weird sect in 2005.
He said Miscavige - Cruise's best man at his 2006 wedding to Katie Holmes - hit him twice.
The Church and Miscavige have denied all claims of abuse and violence.
They said that Sweeney, who erupted in fury at a Scientology member in a BBC programme in 2007, is psychotic, a liar and a bigot. (ANI)