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Rose McGowan's Cult Childhood

Check out Bas Rutten's Liver Shot on MMA Surge: People Magazine reports on the strange and potentially dangerous childhood of actress Rose McGowan. The 38-year-old bombshell most recently stars in the new Conan the Barbarian remake and opened up to People about her bizarre upbringing. Her first nine years were anything but traditional. They were spent in the Children of God sect, a group that extolled the virtues of free love and prepared for the second coming of Jesus. Although it proved a harrowing experience -- she fled with her family, she says, once the cult began advocating child-adult sexual relations -- the setting at first "was really idyllic," remembers the actress. "I grew up in pastoral settings" -- specifically, the Italian countryside, where her parents were members of the local branch of the Children of God. But McGowan, who was born in Florence, knew instinctively that she didn't belong in such a place. Even at her tender age, McGowan rebelled. "I did not want to be like those women. There were basically there to serve the men sexually," she says. When her father began to fear that Rose might be molested, she says, "My dad was strong enough to realize that this hippie love had gone south." She fled the Children of God with her father and siblings and moved to the U.S. McGowan recalls that "it was not an easy assimilation" into the mainstream way of life.,,20522622,00.html
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