John Travolta Defends Scientology Following ‘Going Clear’ Controversy

Published on April 7, 2015.
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A new HBO documentary about the controversial Church of Scientology has made some pretty severe claims about the already highly criticized religion.

Now one of the Church’s most prominent celebrity members is making himself clear. In a new interview with the Tampa Bay Times, John Travolta, 61, spoke up about his religion stating he has not seen the documentary and has no plans to.

“I’ve been so happy with my experience in the last 40 years that I really don’t have anything to say that would shed light on [a documentary] so decidedly negative.”

The film, Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief directed by Alex Gibney is based on Lawrence Wright’s book of the same name which explores the alleged misconduct by the Church and also speaks about the influence of high-profile members such as Tom Cruise and Travolta.

Saying that the religion has “been nothing but brilliant for me,” he also spoke about Cruise’s involvement, “I haven’t experience d anything that the hearsay has [claimed], so why would I communicate something that wasn’t true for me? It wouldn’t make sense, nor would it for Tom, I imagine. I’ve been brought through storms that were insurmountable, and [Scientology has] been so beautiful for me, that I can’t even imagine attacking it.”

While Travolta and Cruise have been longtime members of Scientology, other stars including Leah Remini have spoken out about the mistreatment in the Church, while the documentary also claims that the heads of the church forced the breakup of Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise.

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