Until he was four years old, Joaquin Phoenix — along with his parents and four siblings — belonged to an apocalyptic and isolated commune, which later came under fire for child sexual abuse, among other allegations.
“I think my parents thought they’d found a community that shared their ideals,” the actor later reflected. ” Cults rarely advertise themselves as such. It’s usually someone saying, ‘We’re like-minded people. This is a community,’ but I think the moment my parents realized there was something more to it, they got out.”
At age 9, Rose McGowan also escaped the cult when her father realized that sex between adults and children was encouraged. “I remember running through a cornfield in thunder and lightning,” the #MeToo activist recalled, “holding my dad’s hand and running as fast as I could.”