The Church of Scientology has denounced a report that linked the suicide of Jim Carrey’s on-and-off girlfriend to her practice in the controversial, celeb-friendly faith. Journalist Tony Ortega had reported that Cathriona White had been studying with the church for years — and was indeed enrolled in a class at the Scientology Celebrity Centre in L.A. just prior to her suicide Monday night. The church did not dispute the reporting — but it did attack Ortega’s conclusion that Scientology played a role in the suicide by the Irish-born make-up artist. “Saying that somebody was studying Scientology in the past and connecting that to a suicide is like saying a person who had previously studied the Bible committed suicide,” Scientology spokesperson Karin Pouw said in a statement issued to People magazine on Thursday. “It is sad and reprehensible that a paid anti-Scientologist like Tony Ortega is exploiting this terrible tragedy involving a young woman: It’s a sign of outright bigotry.” Ortega retorted that the church preferred to “just call people names” rather than respond to his allegations, he told the Daily News. Besides, his reporting did not suggest a direct link between Church teachings and White’s suicide. “I am not saying… Read full this story
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