Leah Remini alleges that Tom Cruise not only knows the abuses in the Church of Scientology, but has also applied the punishment to a high-ranking member.
"He is very aware of the abuses that occur in Scientology," Remini said. The Daily Beast said in an interview published on Wednesday. "It's been part of that."
Speaking with Daily Beast about Cruise, the most notoriously private A-list member of the church, Remini said that "Scientologists are told that Tom Cruise is saving the world on his own, so he is considered a deity within Scientology ", surpassed only by David Miscavige, the leader of the church since 1986.
The two men are "best friends," he continued, so Cruise has "learned of the punishments that David Miscavige delivers." He even alleges that Miscavige has threatened the staff with bringing the "Mission: Impossible" star to Gold Base, the headquarters of the Church of Scientology in San Jacinto, California, "to kick their (censors) (butts)."
He also accused the church of doing everything possible to protect Cruise from anything that belittles religion.
"They'll go as far as, if he's going to walk around a certain place, they'll make sure there are no magazines that are anti-scientology, so he can not see that," says Remini.
"The Church rejects all allegations of Leah Remini as false," spokeswoman for media relations Karin Pouw said in a statement to the United States today. "The interview is a public relations gimmick to promote your fake reality television show, as long as the entertainment media prints the lies of Leah Remini, her antireligious intolerance will have a voice, her form of hatred has serious consequences."
Remini is a former Scientologist and left the church in 2003. Since then, the actress of "King of Queens" published one of the best-selling memoirs about her experience, "Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology", and produced a series of documentaries from A & E on the subject, "Leah Remini: Scientology and the consequences", which also hosts. The show returns for a third season on November 27.
Cruise, recently, hit the big screen in his long-running spy franchise "Mission: Impossible – Fallout," which won almost $ 800 worldwide since July.
USA TODAY has approached Cruise to comment.
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