SUNDANCE DOCUMENTARY BLOWS LID OFF SCIENTOLOGY
A new documentary from Alex Gibney called Going Clear premiered at Sundance over the weekend and it makes some pretty heavy claims about Scientology.
According to The Daily Beast, one of the biggest bombshells in the film is the allegation that the organization used intimidation tactics to get Tom Cruise to break up with Nicole Kidman. Marty Rathbun, the former second-in-command, explains that church leader David Miscavige was reportedly suspicious of Nicole because her father was a renowned psychologist in Australia and Scientology is opposed to psychiatry and psychology. She also supposedly convinced Tom to pull away from the church between 1992 and 2001 which led Miscavige to assign Marty to “facilitate the breakup.” The plan included tapping Nicole’s phone and gathering personal information about Tom. They also worked with the couple’s adopted children, Connor and Isabella, to turn them against their mom so Tom could get custody after the split.
Tom and Nicole split up in 2001.
The documentary also claims that Scientology has gone through great lengths to appease Tom — including installing A/V equipment in his house, buying him limos and airplanes, and even having members design a meadow for Tom and Nicole to run through because it was something Tom had always wanted to do.
A rep for the church released a statement slamming the movie saying, “The Church has documented evidence that those featured in Gibney’s film regurgitating their stale, discredited allegations are admitted perjurers, admitted liars and professional anti-Scientologists whose living depends on the filing of false claims. All have been gone so long from the Church they know nothing of it today. Yet Gibney and HBO stonewalled more than a dozen requests by the Church to offer relevant information about them, with more than 25 individuals with firsthand information eager to speak. To this day, neither HBO nor Gibney can deny that they have yet to present the Church with a single allegation from the film so the Church may have an opportunity to respond. The Church never sought special treatment, only fair treatment.”
- HBO reportedly hired a team of 160 lawyers to look at the movie before it screened for anyone.
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