John Travolta was bashed for supporting Narcanon, the Scientology rehabilitation center that is at the heart of a wrongful death lawsuit. Travolta and his wife Kelly Preston were pulled into the legal drama surrounding the drug treatment center that is reportedly linked to the Church of Scientology.
Tom Cruise and Kirstie Alley, both celebrity Scientologists, have also uttered public support for the Narcanon drug rehab in the past. Four patients died while staying at the Oklahoma-based rehab center, according to Radar Online.
Former Narcanon President Lucas Catton and the relatives of the patients who died at the Scientology rehab center slammed John Travolta for allegedly offering public support and fiscal aid to the facility. The controversial drug treatment center is located approximately 90 miles south of Tulsa. An official investigation was launched into the patient deaths prior to the wrongful death lawsuit being filed.
Lisa McPherson died in 1995 while under the care of the drug rehab center which reportedly utilized Scientology principles to guide treatment. Her par parents sued the facility after their daughter’s death.
Ken Dandar, the attorney who represented Lisa McPherson’s family, is now suing Scientology, the group’s attorneys, and two judges he claims are trying to ruin his career. Former Church of Scientology official Marty Rathbun accused the organization of spending $30 million to sweep what happened to McPherson under the rug, according to WTSP Channel 10 News in Tampa.
During a 2007 fundraiser John Travolta and Kelly Preston allegedly noted the benefits of Narcanon during a $2,500-a-ticket the couple hosted. A representative for the celebrity couple noted that the fundraiser was held with the intention of helping others and the actor and his wife had nothing whatsoever to do with the deaths.
Travolta allegedly had this to say during the fundraiser:
“Compared to other rehabs, we’re the best.”
A Church of Scientology representative did not deny that the Narcanon rehab is associated with the group but did add that the Oklahoma facility has not been under the management or control of the church.