Scientology's cruise ship and kids: Raped on the Freewinds at 12 - 2019-05-07
When Joey Chait saw the news about Scientology's cruise ship the Freewinds blow up, he knew it was time to come forward with something he's never told anyone before, not even his own parents.
And Joey's parents are actually very big deals in the world of Scientology. Joey's father, Isadore Moses Chait, known as Izzy, is not only an OT 8, having reached the pinnacle of Scientology spiritual achievement, but he's also long been known as a major figure in the Asian art world, with his Los Angeles gallery I.M. Chait — and he's donated millions to the church.
Although Joey's relationship with the church was rockier, he was completely dedicated to his father and had never had another job other than working at the gallery when he was caught selling an art object made from rhino horn in a government sting that we told you about earlier. As we explained then, a federal judge took into account how Joey had been influenced by his Scientology upbringing and his demanding father. (It seemed pretty plain that Izzy Chait himself had been the focus of the government probe, but he had suffered a heart attack and wasn't a realistic figure for prosecution by this time.) Judge J. Paul Oetken sentenced Joey to a year in prison, not the 2 to 3 prosecutors were asking for. Joey has served his time and is now no longer associated with the gallery. He's also engaged to be married to his boyfriend, and he's been getting therapy to help him deal with his Scientology past.