Now that the Going Clear documentary and the tell-all book by former member and actress Leah Remini has exposed the wacky inside world of Scientology, Tom Cruise is “freaking out” over her shocking allegations.
But the director of that infamous documentary is calling on Cruise to speak out against the organization for its human rights violations. According to Radar Online, an insider claims Tom is instead gearing up for an interview — hopefully with Oprah Winfrey — that will sound off-the-cuff and genuine, but will likely be pre-written by Scientology leaders.
Leah is currently on a well-publicized press tour for her memoir Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology, in which she lambasts Tom Cruise and reveals a series of bizarre and disturbing stories about the star, his marriage, and his children, the New York Daily News reported.
“[Tom] thinks it’s a major betrayal,” an insider told Us Weekly.
Cruise is also “sick and tired of all the rumors and accusations” and is revving up to take action “as soon as possible.” He reportedly chose Oprah to interview him because “he’s worried that a more hostile journalist would try to paint him in a bad light,” an insider said.
And Remini has already painted Cruise in a pretty bad light. The Huffington Post provided a list of the accusations that have so miffed Tom.
She told Tom to “get a room” after she saw him “forcibly kissing” now ex-wife Katie Holmes. On the day of their wedding in 2006, she found Cruise and Holmes’ baby daughter, Suri, crying on the floor of a bathroom while Tom’ sister and his assistant stared at the child, apparently unfazed.
“Rather than talking to her in a soothing voice, they kept saying, ‘Suri! Suri!’ in a tone that sounded like they were telling an adult to get her s**t together,” she wrote.
She also claims that Cruise’s kids with Nicole Kidman, Isabella and Connor, have apparently rejected their famous mother, with Isabella reportedly saying that she is a “f**king SP.” “SP” stands for “Suppressive Person,” a fancy name for an enemy of the church.
And in perhaps the two most amusing anecdotes, Leah said Tom had a tantrum-like freak out one day when he was trying to bake cookies and couldn’t find the ingredients. Even better, he at one point suggested a game of hide-and-seek with his famous friends, among them Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith.
“At first I thought he was joking, but no, he literally wanted to play hide-and-seek with a bunch of grown-ups in what was probably close to a 7,000-square-foot house on almost three full acres of secluded land.”
And speaking against Tom Cruise isn’t the best idea in the world of Scientology. Remini increased her personal security after the church threatened her, noting that “being critical of Tom Cruise is being critical of Scientology itself. You are a person who is anti the aims and goals of Scientology. You are evil.”
According to the director of Going Clear, Alex Gibney, Leah is doing the right thing speaking out against Scientology, but that Tom Cruise needs to do the same thing, the News added. Gibney said it’s his responsibility as the organization’s most famous member to address its human rights violations and abuse allegations.
“I would just say this about Tom Cruise. It’s time for him to address these issues. These are serious human rights allegations. He should address them, end of story. They (Scientologists) pretend,” he said. “Tom Cruise pretends that people are trying to undermine his faith, but I would say it’s not about the creed it’s about the deed. And so it’s about these human rights allegations of abuse, so he’s got to address those, end of story.”
The chances of Cruise going against the organization are probably slim, however. Former member and spokesman for the group Mike Rinder wrote on his blog that instead Tom will conduct an interview to counteract the destruction of “Hurricane Leah.”
“It may even have the trappings of being a ‘real’ interview and be presented as something ‘unscripted’ and ‘off-the-cuff.’ Unless the really important questions are asked you will know that it is totally controlled and completely scripted. It will be the Scientology party line lifted out of the Miscavige letters to the media dressed up as a ‘candid’ conversation with Tom Cruise.”
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