Bethany Joy Lenz shares new information about a disturbing part of her past: The ‘One Tree Hill’ star says she was in a cult for a decade.
To the latest episode of the podcast “Melodramatic peopleLenz said that recently she has been reviewing this difficult time and trying to document this difficult time.
“I was in a cult for ten years,” she said. “It would be a really valuable experience to write about and recovery – 10 years of recovery after that. So there is a lot to tell.”
Lenz mentioned that her mental freedom made it difficult for her to take the time to organize her thoughts on paper.
“I think ADHD has made it really difficult over the years — I have a lot of essays, I have a lot of chapters and other things — to really commit myself to putting everything together,” she noted.
The actress didn’t reveal any further information about the alleged cult, but added that she felt the “pressure” to make her story “right” and “exactly real.”
“Also, I don’t know how much I can say because there are still people and legal things that complicate the timing [of it all]’ said Lenz.
Lenz is known to speak out against powerful institutions. In 2021 she spoke up on Instagram about the controversial yet popular She attended the Mosaic Church of Los Angeles, which she said she attended “on and off for two years.”
“The hierarchy in this ‘church,’ the level of abuse I’ve heard over and over again behind the scenes, and the way it’s all about the leader is cult textbook 101,” she claimed in the Contribution.
In a 2016 Twitter exchange, former “Smallville” actress Allison Mack Lenz recommended checking out the women’s group Jness, a sub-branch of the cult-like group NXIVM. in one since deleted tweetLenz declined the offer.
Mack pleaded guilty in 2019 to accusations that she manipulated women into becoming sex slaves for the group’s spiritual leader, Keith Raniere. Last week she was released from a federal prison after serving a sentence for her involvement in NXIVM.
Group leader Raniere is serving a 120-year sentence after being convicted of racketeering, alien smuggling, sex trafficking, racketeering and obstructing justice, among other charges.