The Viper Room had been open only a couple of months.
Johnny Depp, looking for a cool, underground place to listen to music, had bought the space with associates.
This is a community,' but I think the moment my parents realized there was something more to it, they got out." PHOTOS: Celebs and their phobias Unlike Phoenix, another famous star, Rose Mc Gowan, has claimed that her experience in the cult was rather traumatic when the group was reorganized in the 1980s.
Though Phoenix has not spoken to Mc Gowan, 41, about her past with Children of God, he reasoned that her story was probably much different from his.
She then appeared in The American President (1995), playing the assistant to the President of the United States.
Eventually, his parents ended up becoming disillusioned with Children of God (now The Family International), which has since been accused of sexual misconduct by former followers.
PHOTOS: Celebrity Scientologists "My parents had a religious experience and felt strongly about it," Phoenix, 40, said in an interview published this week.
Here are 20 facts about the acclaimed actor who died at the peak of his career.1.
River Phoenix was born River Jude Bottom in Madras, Oregon on Aug. His first name was chosen for the “river of life” in Herman Hesse’s novel , and his middle name was an homage to the Beatles’ song “Hey Jude.”2.