Scientology Leader's Twin, Denise Gentile, Pleads Guilty to Lesser Charge, Pays Fines - 2013-07-08
We just confirmed with a clerk at the Pinellas County, Florida circuit court that Denise Gentile — who was facing DUI and pot possession charges — pleaded guilty today to the lesser charge of reckless driving, and agreed to attend DUI school and pay several court costs and fines.
Last week, the Tampa Bay Times reported that on January 22, Gentile was arrested as she was driving her Dodge Durango erratically outside a rental property she owned. Under the driver's seat was found a black vinyl bag with nine marijuana "blunts," and Gentile was found to have a blood-alcohol level over the legal limit.
But more importantly, Times writer Joe Childs dug into the arrest's background, painting a portrait of Gentile as a troubled property owner who had taken marijuana for rent from tenants running a drug house. That story ran on the front page of the daily newspaper that serves the area where Scientology has its spiritual headquarters in Clearwater, Florida — it was a publicity disaster for the church, whose leader, David Miscavige, is Denise Gentile's twin brother.