Leah Remini is calling out Tom Cruise and his involvement with the abuses within the Church of Scientology.
In an interview with The Daily Beast, Remini, a former Scientologist-turned-whistleblower, says a Scientology official informed her the “Top Gun” actor “personally administered punishment on a high-ranking member of the church” on the orders of Church leader David Miscavige.
“I think people think [Cruise is] an innocent victim in all of this. Most Scientologists are, and I can actually say this about most Scientologists because I was in it, so I know my own heart. He is not in the same category as the average Scientologist,” Remini says. “Where Tom is concerned, that is very different. He is very aware of the abuses that go on in Scientology. He’s been part of it.”
The former “King Of Queens” star says the Church goes to “great lengths” to hide any anti-Scientology news or shows like her Emmy-winning A&E series “Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath”, which sees ex-Scientologists speak out about the abuses within the church. The show returns for season 3 on Nov. 27.
“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 saviour of the free world. Tom is even called ‘Mister Cruise’ by staff members,” she says. Miscavige served as Cruise’s best man in his 2006 wedding to Katie Holmes.
According to The Daily Beast, a former member of the church’s internal police force, the Commodore’s Messenger Organization, agrees with Remini, calling Cruise and Miscavige “two peas in a pod.”
“They’re very similar characters — both rather absorbed by themselves, and intensely so. 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,” Tom De Vocht says.
ET Canada reached out to the Church of Scientology regarding Remini’s claims in her interview with The Daily Beast.
“The interview is a PR stunt to promote her fake reality TV show,” Media relations spokesperson Karen Pouw said in a statement to ET Canada on Wednesday. “As long as the entertainment media will print Leah Remini’s lies, her anti-religious bigotry will have a voice. Her brand of hate has dire consequences. Just last week, for example, the FBI released a report showing the alarming increase of hate crimes in the United States, including 1 in 5 traced to religious bigotry. Remini has gone out of her way to manufacture hate and instigate harm toward innocent people. For the truth about Leah Remini, see www.leahreminiaftermath.com.”
It’s not the first time accusations have been made against the “Mission: Impossible” actor. In the Emmy-winning documentary “Going Clear: Scientology & The Prison Of Belief”, former high-ranking members claim they were asked to “facilitate” the breakup of Cruise and his second wife, Nicole Kidman, who was a not a Scientologist. Their alleged intimidation tactics included wiretapping Kidman’s phone and “re-educating” the couple’s two children, Connor and Isabella, against their mother so Cruise could retain parental custody.
In a rare move, the actress recently spoke publicly about her children and their decision to remain Scientologists.