10 Celebrities Stung by Cults but Survived

In November 1978, Jim Jones, the self-styled reverend and leader of the People’s Temple, coaxed 909 of his followers to drink cyanide-laced Flavor-Aid in the Temple’s idyllic sanctuary in Jonestown, Guyana. The next morning, America woke up to the horror of Jonestown and the reality of cults, often ignored prior to the People’s Temple mass suicide. The truth is that cults have been out there for a very long time, since the birth of religion really, being either splinter groups or challenges to the dominant and established dogma. One can even argue that today’s religions were once minor cults that flourished and were successful at proselytizing until they displaced all other religions, either by force or conviction. Not all cults are harmful and perhaps the word ‘cult’ itself is misleading as today it carries a heavy, negative connotation. But they all have certain things in common, which include an unquestioning and zealous devotion to its leader and a polarized us-versus-them mentality, among others. Many have fallen prey to cults even celebrities who no one would suspect could ever be taken by false prophets. Here are 10 celebrities who were stung by cults but survived, and even prospered afterwards!

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