One Tree Hill’s Bethany Joy Lenz The Big House Family cult revealed

“One Tree Hill” star Bethany Joy Lenz has revealed the name of the cult that she used to be in, accusing them of “draining” her TV income, and using “manipulation, abuse, and fear” to keep her loyal.

Lenz, 42, announced on her Instagram on Thursday that her memoir, called “Dinner for Vampires,” is “about the decade I spent in an abusive, high-demand group (aka, cult).” 

She continued, “Being a writer has been a great, private joy in my life since I was about 12. This isn’t the first book I thought I’d write, publicly, but as difficult as this subject matter is to untangle, I’m grateful I get to share my story, my way. It’s a story of forgiveness and a roadmap to how manipulation works, with heartache and humor along the way. We all make mistakes and I hope Dinner for Vampires reminds you that, no matter what weird roads you’ve gone down, you’re not alone.”

The cover of her upcoming book proclaims that it’s about “life on a cult TV show while also in an actual cult!”

“An only child who often had to fend for herself and always wanted a place to belong, Lenz found the safe haven she’d been searching for in a Bible study group with other Hollywood creatives,” the description reads. “However, the group soon morphed into something more sinister—a slowly woven web of manipulation, abuse, and fear under the guise of a church covenant called The Big House Family.”

Bethan Joy Lenz will detail her cult experience in her memoir. Amazon
Hilarie Burton, Bethany Joy Lenz, and Sophia Bush on “One Tree Hill.” Warner Bros
Hilarie Burton, Bethany Joy Lenz and Sophia Bush in 2022. Getty Images for iHeartRadio

“Piece by piece, Lenz began to give away her autonomy, ultimately relocating to the Family’s Pacific Northwest compound, overseen by a domineering minister who would convince Lenz to marry one of his sons and steadily drained millions of her TV income without her knowledge. Family ‘minders’ assigned to her on set, “Maoist struggle session”–inspired meetings in the basement of a filthy house, and regular counseling with ‘Leadership’ were just part of the tactics used to keep her loyal.”

Lenz has previously spoken about her ordeal. She first revealed the news in a July episode of of her “Drama Queens” podcast, which she co-hosts with fellow “One Tree Hill” alums Sophia Bush, 41, and Hilarie Burton Morgan, 41.

“I would love to write about my experience, you know, I was in a cult for 10 years,” Lenz said on the podcast at the time. “That would be a really valuable experience to write about, and the recovery — 10 years of recovery after that. So, there’s a lot to tell.”

Sophia Bush, Chad Michael Murray, Hilarie Burton, James Lafferty, and Bethany Joy Lenz on “One Tree Hill.” Warner Bros
Chad Michael Murray, Sophia Bush, Bethany Joy Lenz, Hilarie Burton and James Lafferty on “One Tree Hill.” FilmMagic
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