Oscar winning Crash
writer-director Paul Haggis, an outspoken former Scientologist, confirmed the Boniadi story to Showbiz411.com
, saying he's known the actress for about three years. He says in part, "I was deeply disturbed by how the highest ranking members of a church could so easily justify using one of their members; how they so callously punished her and then so effectively silenced her when it was done. It wasn't just the threats; they actually made her feel ashamed, when all she had been was human and trusting." He goes on to say, "I've met quite a number of people who have been treated shamefully but are afraid to speak out. … They live in fear of retribution, legal, financial or personal, even some famous ones."