Jive Aces tried to lure me into cult

Ex-member tells of 'brainwashing' bid

The Sun, UK/May 2, 2012

A Former member of Britain's Got Talent stars Jive Aces claims the band tried to "brainwash" him into becoming a Scientologist.

Guitarist Johnny Gunner says the other members tried to control his behaviour after they joined the religion — and he felt relieved to leave the band.

Johnny, 47, said his old pals were introduced to Scientology — set up by L Ron Hubbard in 1953 — by a man handing out leaflets in London.

Soon after, Johnny of Southend, Essex, was asked to move in with the band. He said: "They were being brainwashed.

"I thought I was in danger. I was in the band to play music not be part of a secret religion. It got to the stage where they said join us or leave. They were a strange bunch."

He quit months later, saying he couldn't commit to the band.

Jive Aces impressed judges on Saturday, performing the Jungle Book theme. Singer Ian Clarkson said: "Scientology has helped me and the band creatively. If anyone asks, I suggest people read L Ron Hubbard. There's no brainwashing."

A band spokeswoman said: "Johnny Gunner left in 1989. The band did not become Scientologists until 1991."

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