Actors Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith stunned fans when they announced they were opening a $1.2 million school, New Village Academy, in Calabasas, Calif., in 2008.
Will said at the time, “There are just very powerful educational concepts that we believe in, and we feel like we want to design the system that revolutionizes public education.”
The couple insisted that despite rumors, they were not Scientologists, and that the school would be secular. But now, the woman who was hired as the first principal of that school, which closed earlier this year, is stepping forward to claim that that was all a lie. Jacqueline Olivier tells Scientology expert Tony Ortega that the school was actually “100 percent” Scientology-focused, on the Smiths’ orders, and that the controversial curriculum failed the kids it was supposed to help.