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article imageBook reveals Scientology's relationship with Hollywood elite

By Greta McClain     Jan 10, 2013 in Entertainment
A new book revealing the inner workings of the Church of Scientology and its relationship with Hollywood stars such as Tom Cruise, is set to be released later this month.
The book, entitled "Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief", is written by author Lawrence Wright.
In the book, Wright details how current church leader, David Miscavige, was enthralled by the glamour and popularity of Hollywood star Tom Cruise. Wright also paints a vivid picture of how Cruise became involved in the church.
In 1998, Marty Rathbun was the Inspector General at the Religious Technology Center, in charge of overseeing the church's spiritual materials. Rathbun met with Cruise in Los Angeles to perform an "auditing", the term used by the church to describe religious counseling. Cruise became a member of the church a short time later.
Once Cruise and Nicole Kidman married, Cruise became less active in the church. Miscavige blamed Kidman for Cruise's decreased involvement and labeled her a "gold-digger" who was not a true believer of Scientology. According to the Huffington Post, Rathbun, who has since left the church and become one of its biggest critics, told Wright that Miscavige was trying to convince Cruise that Kidman was a "Suppressive Person". He hoped if he succeeded, it would convince Cruise to distance himself from Kidman and return as an active member of the church. Miscavige was reportedly overjoyed when he heard that Cruise and Kidman were planning to divorce.
Wright also details how John Travolta became involved in Scientology. In an article written for The Hollywood Reporter, Wright says a woman by the name of Sylvia “Spanky” Taylor, a member of the Church of Scientology, met Travolta when he was filming a movie in Mexico in the mid 1970's. Travolta confided in Taylor that he was not happy with how his life was going. Taylor began talking about how Scientology had helped her, and when he returned to Los Angeles, Travolta began taking classes in Scientology. During one of the classes, Travolta mentioned that he was auditioning for a part in the television show "Welcome Back, Kotter". The teacher instructed the students to "point in the direction of ABC Studios and telepathically communicate the instruction: 'We want John Travolta for the part.' During the next class, Travolta said he had gotten the role of Vinnie Barbarino. He later said:
"My career immediately took off. Scientology put me in the big time."
From that point on, according to Wright, Travolta was "trapped".
Travolta did finally distance himself from the church, leaving Cruise to remain as the "superstar and ambassador'. Wright quotes a former church member as saying:
{Miscavige would} say that Tom Cruise was the only person in Scientology, other than himself, that he would trust to run the Church."
Wright's book is scheduled to be released on January 17, 2013.
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