Since leaving the Church of Scientology in 2013, actor Leah Remini has made it her life’s mission to pull back the curtain on the religion and expose what she says is a long history of abuse and separating families that goes all the way to the highest-ranking church official. Now Remini is accusing former friend and current Scientologist Tom Cruise of not only being aware of the abuse, but also being a complicit accomplice.
In a new article in The Daily Beast, Remini said that Cruise’s fame in Hollywood and close relationship with church leader David Miscavige has given the actor a god-like status in the religion. “Scientologists are told that Tom Cruise is saving the world single-handedly, so he is considered a deity within Scientology. He is second to David Miscavige – the savior of the free world,” said Remini. “He’s privy to the punishments that David Miscavige doles out.”
Remini alleges that Miscavige often uses Cruise’s name when threatening to punish staff at Scientology’s international headquarters, known as Gold Base. “David Miscavige constantly threatened the staff at Gold base with bringing Tom Cruise to Gold Base to kick their f*****g a***s,” said Remini.
Tom Vocht, a former Scientologist who worked as a member of the church’s internal police (because that’s normal in a religion), backed up Remini’s claims about Cruise and Miscavige’s relationship. “They’re very similar characters – both rather absorbed by themselves, and intensely so,” De Vocht said, also hinting that Cruise has been involved in abusive situations. “You don’t want to look at ’em wrong, say anything wrong, and you definitely don’t want to better them in any way. You had to be very careful around them.”
According to Remini, members of the church are told to not look at negative press about Scientology. “The quote that they used would be ‘don’t forward an enemy line,”‘ Remini said. “So I know that Scientologists willfully don’t look at these things because the church is telling them that these are ‘enemy lines’ and you don’t want to look at anything apostates have to say. Where Tom is concerned, that is very different,” said Remini of Cruise. “He is very aware of the abuses that go on in Scientology. He’s been part of it.”
After entering the Church of Scientology at the age of nine along with her mother and sisters, Remini famously left the church in 2013 after years of questioning the organization’s practices, including the apparent disappearance of Remini’s friend Shelley Miscavige, who is married to the church’s leader.
Following Oscar-winning director Paul Haggis, Remini became the most famous Scientologist to leave the controversial religion, using her platform to condemn the church and launching the A&E show Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath. The Emmy-winning documentary series is comprised of interviews with ex-Scientologists who detail the horrific mental, physical and emotional abuse they suffered at the hands of church officials, as well as the harassment they’ve endured by church officials since leaving Scientology.
This is certainly not the first time Cruise has been associated with troubling stories resulting from his affiliation with the church. In Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, former high-ranking Scientologist Marty Rathbun claimed that he was ordered to help facilitate the break-up of Cruise and ex-wife Nicole Kidman after Kidman tried to get Cruise to distance himself from the church. Rathburn says he was ordered to have Kidman’s phone tapped and to organize re-education classes for the couple’s children to turn them against their mother. Plus, we can’t forget this interview with Matt Lauer.
It’s natural to not want to believe that Cruise could be involved with abuse within the church but considering his close ties to Miscavige and the numerous former Scientologists who have backed up Remini’s claims in the past, it’s a tough claim to ignore.
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