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Backstreet Boy AJ McLean Thinks Scientology Tried to ‘Brainwash’ Him

One question that I don’t think there’s a good answer for is “Is Scientology any different from any other religion?” I don’t really think it is. Even if you believe all of the worst allegations against the church are true, did they really do anything that, say, the Catholic Church hasn’t?

AJ McLean of The Backstreet Boys said that he thinks Scientology tried to “brainwash” him during a visit to the church’s Celebrity Center on his podcast when Leah Remini was a guest.

Via The Daily Mail:

‘I didn’t know what it was, I didn’t know anything about it. But I wanted to not go alone, so I took a friend with me.’

‘We got a tour of the facility and they brought us to this media room and they sat us down and they said “Would you mind watching this short film?”‘

‘And we watched this short film, it was about 15 minutes long, and then I said “OK, well, that was interesting” and we went to leave and the door was locked.

‘They wouldn’t let us out and they replayed the same film again,’ he said. ‘We didn’t get out of that room for about 15 minutes [or longer.] They played it three times until someone heard me knocking.’

AJ said he was ‘freaked out,’ sure that they were using some sort of ‘brainwashing technique’ which did not ‘seem normal.’

That is a little out of the ordinary, but what religion doesn’t try to convert you to it?

Okay, they usually don’t lock you in a room with a video, but still.

I would bet money that Tom Cruise was in that recruitment video. I can’t imagine any Scientology video doesn’t have him in it.

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Cedric Bixler-Zavala of Mars Volta is Accusing Scientologists of Killing his Dog Over Danny Masterson Claims

As you may know, Danny Masterson has been accused of raping 4 women, accusations that caused him to lose his role on The Ranch and he hasn’t had an acting gig since. Our lawyers tell us that we do not believe these outrageous lies and we’re sure the truth will win out. Our lawyers have also added that the idea that the Church of Scientology used their wealth and influence to mastermind some sort of cover-up is completely unfounded and absolutely not something you should believe, because it isn’t true.

Loudwire reported some new accusations against the church and Masterson by singer Cedric Bixler-Zavala, whose wife is one of the women accusing Masterson of rape, that we’re sure are equally untrue.

The vocalist believes the Church of Scientology is behind the loss of both of his dogs. He uploaded a photo on Instagram of a chunk of raw meat that had rat poisoning stuffed inside. “This is what I’ve been finding in my front and backyard. This is what scientology does when you speak about the predators they protect,” he wrote.

The ASPCA later confirmed to the couple that the dog had ingested flavored rat poisoning.  “We had to put her down today,” Bixler-Zavala wrote in another Instagram post, in memoriam of their dog. “This was the result of eating rat poison rolled up in raw meat. This is the 2nd dog we’ve had to put down due to the harassment from private investigators and Scientologists. This only makes us stronger.”

That is really messed up and it’s the sort of thing only an absolute monster would do. Luckily, it was probably just a mishap. I’m guessing an errant cow just rolled around in some rat poison, butchered itself and fell into Cedric’s yard because it couldn’t stand the thought of how much its farts were contributing to global warming. It’s really the only explanation that makes sense, if you think about it.

He also made a statement on Instagram about the incident.

We definitely do not endorse listening to this podcast, and this is absolutely not consistent with stories people have been telling about the church for decades.

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Leah Remini: I Blame Scientology For My Dad’s Secret Death

Actress Leah Remini shared a heartbreaking post to her Instagram on Sunday, revealing that she had "no idea" her father, George Anthony Remini, had passed away a month ago. 

According to Remini, she and her family knew nothing about his illness leading up to his death, saying, "A funeral came and went and none of us knew anything about it."

The thought of this is devastating, but Leah is using this opportunity to let people know that the Church of Scientology is completely to blame for this tragic outcome.

Remini, Leah Photo

The King of Queens star dreamed of the day she would get to restore her relationship with her father, but thanks to the most controversial religious movements of our time, that opportunity never came.

"On Friday, I received a message from my sister Nicole, who had been contacted by a stranger passing on his condolences for the passing of our father," Remini wrote, alongside throwback photos with her father.

"We had no idea that he died a month ago."

Leah Remini Family Pic

Unfortunately, Leah is dealing with the emotions of what could've been and wishes he sought forgiveness before his passing.

"He was not able to redeem himself, to ask for forgiveness for his failures and hurts, to become a better man to those of us who couldn't help but love him," Remini continued.

"If you read my book, you'll know my father and I had a difficult relationship, but I always forgave him with a daughter's painfully endless love and hope."

Leah Remini: Book Signing at The Grove

Although Remini didn't agree or support her father's beliefs, she "hoped he would one day acknowledge what he did to his children," she said.

"That alone would have been healing in its own way. We never got that, yet I can't help but grieve. I am angry at myself for crying for someone who didn't ever cry for me."

"I am angry that I still wanted this man's love," she added.

"I'm angry that the last chapter in our relationship was dictated by Scientology."

Leah Remini Photograph

Because of Leah's successful A&E series Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath, the Church often released videos featuring George Remini, who claimed his daughter did not care about her own family and that she refused to help pay for his cancer treatments.

Leah easily blames their later estrangement on the church, saying, "Scientology took my dad in as a pawn against me and likely robbed him of any last ounce of heart that might have been left in him."

"I'm angry that Scientology found his personal weak spots and got him on board not with their beliefs but with their smear campaign against me."

"That was his last presence in my life," she wrote.

Leah Remini on Dancing With the Stars Photo

And while Remini and her sisters will never be able to forgive Scientology, they would've open-heartedly forgiven their father...If he just would have tried.

"I would have forgiven him as I always did," she added.

"The little girls inside of my sisters and me will never forgive scientology for taking our last chance to have the one thing we always wanted from our father... And that was for him to say 'I'm sorry and I loved you.'"

Remini's relationship with her father was so broken that on Father's Day, in 2018, her message praised her husband for being the "daddy [she] wish [she] had." 

Leah Remini Photo

Leah, 49, was a member of the church for 35 years before finally removing herself publicly in 2013.

Since leaving, she has been one of the most outspoken critics of the organization by writing books and creating her popular docuseries. 

The Scientology community long tried to discredit Remini's Emmy-winning series and even tried to stop it from airing. 

However, the show ended on Remini's terms, with the two-hour finale airing in August.


For Leah's sake, we're glad that door has closed.

Hopefully, she can put that evil energy behind her and move forward with a positive, happy, and healthy lifestyle.

We wish the best for her and her family members who are grieving at this time.

Scientologists to Taylor Swift: Join Our Freaky Space Cult!

When us regular folk find ourselves overcome by the occasional wave of existential dread, we have various options for tamping down the terror.

Some folks turn to Jesus, others to a fifth of Maker's Mark, and no doubt lots of folks -- residents of Kentucky, mostly -- enjoy a heady cocktail of equal parts divine salvation and blackout-inducing hooch.

Tom Cruise at Mummy Premiere

The same is true of Hollywood A-listers, except their numbing agent preferences run more toward cocaine and the homespun wisdom of Mr. L. Ron Hubbard.

Hubbard, as you may know, is the founder of Scientology, and some have described him as the most powerful man in Hollywood.

Sure, he's been dead for 33 years, but Hubbard's followers believe he's "still with us" in the spiritual sense and regularly performs miracles like convincing the masses that Tom Cruise is taller than 5'4".

Tom Cruise for The Mummy

Countless celebrities are already under the sway of Ghost Hubbard and the alien overlord Xenu, who populated Earth with human souls 75 million years ago.

(We're not joking. This is really what Scientologists believe.)

But Scientology's hunger for human souls is almost as powerful as L. Ron Hubbard's -- and it seems the CoS has already set its sights on their next A-list victim recruit.

At the Billboard Music Awards

Yes, according to a new report from Radar Online, Scientology officials are more obsessed with Taylor Swift than 14-year-old girl who just got dumped for the first time.

“The church would be thrilled to have someone like Taylor with her massive fan base to attract new, younger members,” a source tells the site.

And apparently, CoS officials spotted an opening when they learned that Taylor recently sent a video message to actress and lifelong Scientologist Elisabeth Moss.

Elisabeth Moss on Hulu

“Taylor was responding to an interview Elisabeth had given where she said that she listens to Taylor’s music in her dressing room,” says the insider.

“When she viewed the video, Elisabeth’s face lit up like a Christmas tree and she sent a message to Taylor saying, ‘Taylor, I’m free to hang out anytime!’”

Yes, like a drug pusher in a '90s afterschool special, these intergalactic loonies approach you as a friend, and the next thing you know, you're writing a six-figure check to have your thetans cleansed, or some sh-t.

Taylor Swift in Sydney

“Now that Elisabeth has made a connection with Taylor, it will be her job to get Taylor to trust her and slowly sell her on the benefits of Scientology,” the source adds.

“But even if she doesn’t, Elisabeth has already scored a win by having Taylor buddy up to a Scientologist.

"The church loves that kind of positive press.”

Taylor Swift Sequined Dress Photo

What is it with the fringe weirdos of American society trying to claim Taylor as their own?

First, the MAGA crowd tried to force itself on Swift, and now the Hubbardites are attempting to beam her up.

If that's the price of fame, we'll stick with living out the remainder of our sad lives in total obscurity, thank you very much.

Tom Cruise Won’t Talk to His Own Daughter Because She’s Not a Scientologist

One of the reasons you can tell Scientology isn’t the same as other religions is that Tom Cruise is a huge weirdo. Chris Pratt is annoying religious, too, but all he does is pray for Kevin Smith and be super nice to people. Even Mel Gibson isn’t as weird as Tom Cruise; sure, he’s kind of racist but he never jumped up and down on Oprah’s couch to let everyone know how manly and heterosexual he is.

Tom Cruise has a daughter, and you may remember it being kind of a big deal when she was born. People love celebrity babies the way Tom Cruise loves being David Miscavige’s large adult son. But Tom Cruise hasn’t seen his daughter in years even though his custody agreement says he’s allowed to have for 10 days a month, according to a report in Us Weekly.

“Every person is allowed to see their child if they wanted to,” the source tells Us, revealing custody of the 12-year-old is outlined in his divorce agreement with Katie Holmes. “He chooses not to because she is not a Scientologist.”

How messed up is that? He names the girl Suri like it’s an actual name a person might have and then he stops being involved with her because she, at age 7, isn’t a Scientologist. Tom Hanks wouldn’t pull that shit, he’s easily the best Tom. Cruise allegedly just uses his daughter as a bargaining chip to make sure his ex-wife doesn’t start hanging out with Leah Remini. No, really.

“I’m sure her father, who’s a smart attorney, has probably told her that hanging out with Leah would be considered disparaging the church in the eyes of Tom and the church,” Ortega tells Us. “We were all hoping that eventually Katie would say more and that we’d see them together, but Leah has gone on to become this real lightning rod for exposing Scientology’s abuses, and I think Katie just wants to keep the life she has right now with Suri and not get in a big fight with the church.”

Remini, who publicly left the church in 2013, recently claimed Holmes is not “allowed to have a meal” with her because she could “lose custody of Suri.”

Tom Cruise is the Scientology equivalent of one of those super strict Christian or Muslim families that kicks their kid out of the house when they’re 14 because they found out the kid is gay. But instead of playing doctor with another girl, Cruise caught his daughter playing psychologist instead of having her thetans examined with an e-meter to ward off Xenu or whatever.

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Scarlett Johansson Denies Auditioning to Be Tom Cruise’s Girlfriend, Something Everyone Knows She Probably Did

Tom Cruise auditioned girlfriends. We know this is a thing that happened and that the Church of Scientology held the auditions. We’ve known this story for years, and it’s been told by multiple sources.

Brendan Tighe, a former Scientologist, was on Megyn Kelly Today this week to talk about Scientology, and it’s mostly a recap of things we already knew, like how Tom Cruise is in love with David Miscavige and that he and John Travolta don’t get along because they both want to be the most famous Scientologist.

Tighe also mentioned that Scarlett Johansson was the only actress auditioning for the role of Tom Cruise’s beard with a recognizable name. Now here’s where the story gets interesting; Johansson issued a statement to The Hollywood Reporter about the news, saying “The very idea of any person auditioning to be in a relationship is so demeaning. I refuse for anyone to spread the idea that I lack the integrity to choose my own relationships. Only a man, AKA Brendan Tighe, would come up with a crazy story like that.”

So here’s where I say fuck Scarlett Johansson for trying to use feminism as a cover for shitty behavior. It’s like calling people sexist for not liking that bomb of a Ghostbusters remake Paul Feig shat out, except at the end someone has to have sex with Tom Cruise, probably while wearing a David Miscavige mask and a strap-on.

Also, we know Brendan Tighe didn’t make this story up with his misogynist man brain. A woman, actress Nazanin Boniadi, who is a lady of the female persuasion, confirmed this story all the way back in 2012.The church forced her to break up with her boyfriend and date Tom Cruise, but she eventually failed the audition and ended up pretending to date a gay dude on How I Met Your Mother instead of at Scientology picnics.

Also, Johansson is the spokesperson for SodaStream, an Israeli company that was, until recently, operating inside a settlement on Palestinian land in the West Bank, in open defiance of international law. Upon being told this, Johansson said “No, I stand behind that decision. I was aware of that particular factory before I signed. And it still doesn’t seem like a problem.” I’m sure today she would add in a “Girl Power! Men are gross!” and end with “And anyone who opposes the genocide of Palestinians by Benjamin Netanyahu and the Likud Party is an anti-Semite!” Because Scarlett Johansson is a shitty person.

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Tom Cruise and John Travolta Both Want to Be Papa Hubbard’s Big Boy

When I heard Tom Cruise and John Travolta were fighting about something, I was pretty sure it was who got to come out of the closet first now that being openly gay would increase their standing instead of being an impediment to their career like it would have been a decade ago when people started making jokes about how totally gaybones they are.

Turns out that what Cruise and Travolta are actually arguing about is who is more important to Scientology, according to Brendan Tighe, a former security guard at Scientology’s global headquarters.

Before Cruise, 55, came along, Travolta felt he was the ‘favorite son’ of leader David Miscavige.

‘It’s no secret that Cruise and Travolta despised each other. Travolta wasn’t invited to Cruise’s wedding with Katie Holmes, it told me everything. I can assure you Travolta doesn’t recognize Cruise as a superior in any way. When Cruise got that medal Travolta was so p***ed off.

‘The closest person Miscavige had ever said that about before was Travolta, he was told by Miscavige that he was he most dedicated Scientologist and had introduced more members than anyone, so it was like getting his title stripped, he was jealous.

‘Travolta dictated a scathing letter to his chauffeur, who had to write to Miscavige asking “what the hell is this medal was all about?”‘

In his interview with the Daily Mail, Tighe painted Cruise as a sort of entitled jerk, and Travolta and fellow Scientologist Kirstie Alley as much nicer and more considerate of the people around them. While Tighe saw Cruise every day for years working security for his personal apartment, Cruise only said hello to him three times; Alley, on the other hand, would throw lavish parties for the staff and buy the women designer dresses so they had something nice to wear to them. He also mentioned he and Travolta developed something of a friendship because Travolta had been friends with Tighe’s uncle.

Cruise, on the other hand, is probably in love with church leader David Miscavige.

The only person he did have time for is Miscavige, and the pair would ride around Clearwater on their motorbikes or go to the movies.

‘When I witnessed it for the first time, I thought I was going to have a heart attack, they were putting on their motorbike gear on a public street, in full view of everyone. They’d then drive to the movies, which they’d do a lot, I don’t know how no one ever noticed them. They’d then ride back, talk for an hour by the road, then go their separate ways,’ says Tighe.

‘Cruise emulates Miscavige in every way.’

But it was his relationship with children Isabella and Connor which stuck with Tighe. Nothing got in the way of his studies, family was second to Scientology, The kids would even stay in different lodgings.

‘Although he was at the Osceola, he’d rent a few rooms at The Sandcastle for his staff, Isabella and Connor, and their teachers and caretakers. I never, ever saw him with his kids apart from one time in 2007 when it was his birthday on the 4th of July. I don’t want to paint a bleak picture, but I was watching hundreds of cameras and I never saw them with him. They’d even be making faces into the cameras.’

So Cruise ignored his children and went off on little dates with the Grand Poobah of the Water Buffalo Lodge, who gave Cruise a medal for being daddy’s good boy. Of course, Cruise was furious when he found out he couldn’t have a television channel created just to show him getting the medal 24 hours a day.

‘For example, after he got the Freedom Medal, in one of the reports, it said that Cruise wanted to create a TV network on Scientology. He was so pumped up about his medal that he wanted them to create a video of the ceremony, then play it 24/7 on some new channel he wanted.

‘He wanted the full interview, the one where he’s laughing his a** off, on the TV network, he thought it was the best thing ever. Tommy had the worst task of having to tell him we couldn’t do it.’

People give Kanye West shit for having a huge ego, but Kanye never suggested a TV station that would just play Kanye jumping on stage when Taylor Swift got her VMA 24 hours a day.

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Leah Remini: Tom Cruise is "Diabolical," Truly Evil

Leah Remini rose to fame as a no-nonsense, straight talking character on the terrible CBS sitcom King of Queens.

And, based on her latest comments about Tom Cruise, it doesn't sound as though this woman was a stretch for Remini to portray.

Tom Cruise at Mummy Premiere

The actress, who will reunite with Kevin James this fall as a series regular on Kevin Can Wait, sat down this week for a Reddit AMA.

Asked at one point whether Cruise is a good person, Remini did not hold any opinion back.

"No! Just going to get straight to it, no!" she replied, expounding as follows:

"There is a public persona of the guy who looks at you directly in the eye and shakes your hand and hugs you and is an attentive person to you and there's the person behind the mask who is a completely different person."

In what way, exactly?

Remini tried to explain.

"Someone could say we all have that - what we are to the public and who we are behind the scenes," she said.

"But the people who are around Tom and work for Tom, not even people who are Scientologists, they will say he is diaboloical [sic]."

Leah Remini Poses

Remini, of course, has become as famous at this point for her connection to the Church of Scientology as she is for her career.

An ex member of that religious organization (for which Cruise is essentially a spokesman), Remini has broken free from the alleged cult and spoken out against it.

Frequently and passionately.

She said late last year, for example, that Scientology is full of rape and forced abortions.

The star made these stunning accusations as part of the A&E series Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath.

Tom Cruise for The Mummy

In this AMA, Remini noted that some folks she has worked with in the past might say she "can be an asshole," yet claimed it's a different story for Cruise who is one of the most high-profile members of the Church of Scientology.

Probably the most high profile.

"He's very similar to David Miscavige, they could be twins," she wrote, referencing the organization's leader.

A new season of Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath is on the way, one in which the host will once again delve into the dangers of her former religion.

She's talked previously about the child abuse and sexual harassment that takes place within in.

"Tom and most Scientologists, all Scientologists, are taught to believe that people like me are literally the devil, that we mean them harm," she told Larry King in December 2016 prior to claiming that the church is "defrauding people out of their lives."

Leah Remini on Kevin Can Wait

In regard to her assessment of Cruise, the Church of Scientology said via statement to Us Weekly:

"Leah Remini has been obsessed with the leader of the Scientology religion and with Mr. Cruise for years, ever since she made a scene at Mr. Cruise's wedding when she couldn't get the seat she wanted.

"Remini is only commenting on these two prominent individuals to generate media coverage for herself and her hate campaign.

"Remini is bent on inciting hate and bigotry against a worldwide religion and its parishioners and she will stop at nothing to grab attention."

Danny Masterson: That 70s Show Star Accused of Rape

Actor Danny Masterson is best known for his role as Hyde on the early 2000s sitcom That '70s Show.

In the years since the show ended its eight season run on Fox, however, Masterson's career has faltered, and these days, he's known in Hollywood circles primarily for his fanatical devotion to the Church of Scientology.

Now, several media outlets are reporting that Masterson is being investigated for rape by the LAPD.

Danny Masterson Image

“The Los Angeles Police Department Robbery Homicide Division, Sexual Assault Section, is conducting an investigation involving the actor Danny Masterson," the department said in a statement released moments ago.

“Three women have come forward and disclosed that they were sexually assaulted by Masterson during the early 2000s.”

The Church of Scientology has declined to comment, but a rep for Masterson has dismissed one of the charges in a statement issued to the press today:

"The alleged incident occurred in the middle of their 6 year relationship, after which she continued to be his longtime girlfriend," says the rep.

Of course, the fact that they were dating is immaterial, especially in the context of a relationship in which both parties are active Scientologists.

Bijou Phillips and Danny Masterson

For starters, rape can and often does take place within the confines of a romantic relationship.

Additionally, former Scientologists have testified that while they were members of the cult, they were forbidden to report crimes by other Scientologists.

Materson's team goes on to blame the accusations on actress Leah Remini, who was herself a Scientologist until 2013, and who has devoted her life to exposing the organization's allegedly criminal practices in the years since.

“We are aware of [redacted]’s 16-year-old allegations," reads the statement from Masterson's reps.

"It was only after [redacted] was in contact with Leah Remini that she made allegations of sexual assault by Mr. Masterson.

"The alleged incident occurred in the middle of their 6-year relationship, after which she continued to be his longtime girlfriend.”

A Leah Remini Pic

The statement goes on to claim that the accuser asked Scientologist officials to help her win Masterson back after their relationship ended:

“When Danny ended the relationship she continued to pursue him, even making threats to beat up his current wife Bijou Phillips unless she left him," Masterson's reps claim. 

"In fact, we are informed by the Church that the only demand [redacted] made of the Church after Danny broke up with her was asking for their help to intervene so the breakup would not be permanent,”

Masterson has yet to comment on the charges personally.

We'll have further updates on this developing story as more information becomes available.

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This was very inneresting!

Leah Remini joined Good Morning America on Monday to talk more about her much-discussed upcoming tell-all memoir about growing up in Scientology.

As we reported over the weekend, Remini's book Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology -- which will be released to the public on Tuesday -- details various accounts of goings-on within Scientology, including the wedding of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes.

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Now, Remini is speaking out even more, calling Scientology an "extremist" religion, and responding directly to Katie's statement wishing her well, saying:

"It's really because we both left that we're able to have this kind of grace towards each other because we're back to being human."

Ch-ch-check out the video with Remini discussing more of her book and experiences in the church (below):

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Wow. At least it sounds like Leah and Katie are doing somewhat better -- and on better terms with each other, if and when they can reconcile!

What do U think of this whole Scientology controversy??

[Image via Good Morning America/ABC.]

Leah Remini Talks Life After Scientology, Criticizes Tom Cruise [WATCH]

Scientology has more than a fair few of critics and detractors. The controversial, high-profile religion has been called a cult on numerous occasions, and for good reason. It’s only when Scientology’s high-profile, celebrity members leave the church that they’re able to truly share their experiences, which are often borderline abusive.

Leah Remini, TV actor of “King of Queens” fame, is one of those A-list members. She was a member of the Church of Scientology for 30 years, brought into the church by her mother since she was extremely young. Leah left the Church in 2013, because worshipping at the church every day left her so little time with her family.

Since leaving the Church, Remini has said, her eyes have been opened to the true nature of membership. In a new interview on “20/20″ set to air on October 30, Remini talks at length about the dark side of the Church, including criticism of its most famous member, Tom Cruise himself.

Watch the short teaser trailer below: 
In the video, Remini says, “I think that people need to understand, this has been my whole life.”

Earlier this year, Remini revealed much of her reasons for leaving the Church of Scientology. She said her “a-ha moment” was when she witnessed her daughter swimming for the first time, without ever having taught her or even knowing she could swim at all.

‘I don’t think people know the amount of dedication it takes to be in this organization. I mean it was every day, three-and-a-half hours minimum, seven days a week usually. You know, I’m working most of my time, and then the other time was spent at the church, so minimal time is really spent with your family.”

In the short video above, Remini also fires at Tom Cruise: “Being critical of Tom Cruise is being critical of Scientology itself. You are evil.” Cruise is the undeniable poster boy for Scientology; his involvement in the church has always been his defining attribute, to the detriment of both his career and his marriages. Remini’s comments against the church’s most active and famous proponent is to attack the church itself, an action that, as we’ve seen, Scientologists don’t take lightly.

Remini’s interview comes ahead of her new book about the same topic, entitled Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology, to be released on November 3rd of this year.

In that memoir, Remini goes deep into her Scientology roots, the way it has shaped her life for good and bad, and the largely negative experiences she had in her three decades in the church. She describes a particularly harrowing three-month “interrogation” she was subjected to that sounds like straight-up abuse.

Doubtless her memoir and the “20/20″ interview will provide even deeper insight into this shadowy organization.

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Tom Cruise Refuses to Pose With Co-Star Rebecca Ferguson: Did She Reject His Scientologist Swag?

Tom Cruise is currently promoting Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (alternate title : Holy Sh-t, Another One?!), and as usual, he's all over the airwaves humblebragging about what a badass stuntman he is because of thetans or whatever.

One thing Tom's not doing, however, is talking up the movie's female lead, Swedish actress Rebecca Ferguson.

Usually, Tom gushes about his leading ladies every chance that he gets, but this time he won't even pose on the red carpet with Ferguson.

Tom Cruise Red Carpet Pic
Rebecca Ferguson Photo

The whole awkward press tour has left many wondering if there's some truth to the rumors about Cruise trying and failing to preach the Gospel of Xenu to his sexy co-star.

Tom's controversial religious beliefs have been in the news a lot lately, partially due to the popularity of the HBO documentary Going Clear, and partially due to some bizarre new rumors about Cruise's personal life.

One report claims that Cruise recently banished his 14-year-old niece from his life for violating Scientologist doctrine by kissing a boy.

Insiders say Cruise has been "brainwashed" by Scientology. There have even been rumors that leaders of the faith sent out a casting call for Cruise's next girlfriend.

Some sources say Ferguson made the shortlist of potential Cruise suitors, but when Tom rolled up on with with his 1,000-kilowatt smile and a copy of Dianetics, she wanted none of it.

The Daily Mail even claims that Cruise handpicked Ferguson for the role in hopes of making her one of Hubbard's Honeys, and he flew into a rage when she rejected his advances.

There was a time when such boldness might have led to Ferguson being blacklisted in Hollywood, but Cruise doesn't have quite that much clout these days.

In fact, all you have to do to thwart him is put something on a high shelf and hide the stepladder.

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There's no love for Tom Cruise these days.

With the news that Katie Holmes and Jamie Foxx are dating and Tom's feud with John Travolta, The Church of Scientology thinks Tom needs a friend.

A lady friend.

Tom Cruise in Soho

According to  Life and Style Magazine, the Church of Scientology is trying to lure some unlucky lady to be Cruise's next wife.

I’ll pass.

The tabloid publication claims that Cruise is on the prowl for wifey number four to repair his increasingly damaged reputation.

Odd that the controversial religious group would lead the way, since many feel Tom’s association with Scientology mangled his celebrity stature.

His high-profile marriage to Katie Holmes brought forth negative attention and rumors about Scientology’s questionable belief and value system.

And what’s a better way for Tom and the church to fix its reputation?

With another weird marriage, of course.

A source claims that Scientology matchmakers (yes they really exist) are designing a plan to find Tommy’s new wife.

If that wasn’t weird enough, they will be training the wife-candidates to be suitable for their leading man (this is as weird as it gets).

The top candidate will be shorter than Tom Cruise (they must be looking for a little person), beautiful, and smart.

She will graduate from the program and get to marry Cruise in some freaky Scientology wedding where everyone will probably drink the Kool-Aid.

Scientology has been accused of setting up the movie star before.

In the recent documentary Going Clear, former scientology members claim that Tom was set up with ex-girlfriend, Nazanin Boniadi.  

Boniadi sold a record number of Scientology books before the church promoted her to celeb status and hooked her up with Cruise.

Rather than a coincidence, that was probably Boniadi's prize.