Scientology Split! Will Smith & Jada Pinkett Smith Get $1.2M Refund After Parting Ways With Church - 2015-08-04
Rumors about the Smiths and the church first surfaced in 2007, when Will told Access Hollywood that super-Scientologist Tom Cruise had introduced him to the religion. Then in 2008, he and his wife donated $70,000 to Scientology causes, according to tax documents for their Will Smith Foundation, and dumped a whopping $1.2 million into the Scientology-centered New Village Leadership Academy in 2011.
Tax documents obtained by Radar show that in 2010, the Smiths' WJS Trust donated $1,235,000 to the NVLA. Though not a strictly Scientologist project, the school used Scientology teachings in its curriculum and was run by individuals with ties to the church.
The school closed in 2013, but according to tax records obtained by Radar, the Smiths weren't left hanging. NVLA's 2013 tax return shows that the full $1,235,000 was refunded to the WJS trust.