During the last years of his life, Prince identified as a Jehovah’s Witness. But the late rock icon flirted with Scientology in the 90’s, his ex-wife Mayte Garcia claims in her new tell-all book.According to the dancer and choreographer, who was married to Prince for four years until 2000, a “celebrity” tried to “win him over” to the controversial church.

But ultimately, the eccentric star decided to step away from the religion.

“It’s intriguing,” she claims he told her. “But I don’t need somebody telling me how to believe in my God.”

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“He was always a spiritual seeker…He was way too smart to be sucked into something just because he was vulnerable in that moment.”

Ultimately, Garcia, now 47, says her ex became engulfed in the Jehovah’s Witness faith in the difficult years following their infant son Amiir’s October 1996 death.

The musician’s bassist pal Larry Graham introduced him to the religion, and soon became involved in every aspect of his life. Garcia’s husband changed — and it destroyed their marriage.

“He was hard core into it and had gotten it into his head that God was displeased with the life he had lived when he was younger, and Amiir’s death was part of the price he had to pay for that,” she explains in the book, out April 4.

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“This was a place I couldn’t go to. I could not go there with him, no matter how hard he tried to make me see that path,” recalls Garcia, who was born Catholic. “I…refused to embrace the Gospel According to Graham. I was the enemy now, the opposer, who wanted to drag him back to the sinful ways of Babylon.”

Prince remained a Jehovah’s Witness until his 2016 overdose death at 57.


For once, the drama at Good Morning America wasn’t involving Robin Roberts and her new arch-nemesis, Michael Strahan.RadarOnline.com has exclusively learned that devote Scientologist Jenna Elfman had Katie Holmes cowering in fear  behind the scenes when the two both appeared on the Mar. 29 broadcast.

“Jenna was doing the show live to promote her new ABC show,” Imaginary Mary, revealed an onset source. “She was happy and charming and the audience loved her.”

Too bad another scheduled GMA guest wasn’t so thrilled to see her!

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“Backstage Katie was terrified,” the source noted to Radar of Holmes, who was on the show to talk about reprising her role as Jacqueline Kennedy. “She was literally hiding from her and she seemed scared.”

“They had to change Katie’s dressing room because she wanted to be nowhere near the famous Scientologist,” the onset source added.

As Radar has reported, in the past, Elfman has been known to denounce those who denounced Scientology.

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“It was one of the ugliest and nastiest things I’ve ever seen a human being do and to this day I just can’t stand her,” recalled one former Scientologist who left the church and claimed Elfman confronted her.

Holmes, 38, was labeled a suppressive person and shunned by the Scientology community, including 45-year-old Elfman, following her bitter divorce from the religion’s highest star-powered devotee, Tom Cruise.

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Katie got out of the religion and knows everything, and she wants nothing to do with Scientology,” an insider explained of the awkward morning show situation.

Thankfully for Holmes, said the onset source, “producers choreographed everything to make sure both guest felt safe and comfortable.”


latest pic of Suri … I just can’t see tiny Tommy in that face

…. I mean, these are the Cruise female genetics at work…

It is a great week for Leah Remini who is set to reunite with her King of Queens co-star – Kevin James – on his new comedy show, Kevin Can Wait, as she celebrates the renewal of her series Scientology and the Aftermath.It has been confirmed that America will get a little bit of that the dysfunctional husband and wife duo – Doug and Carrie Heffernan -played by James and Remini in the King of Queens.The two stars, who made people laugh for nine seasons on the King of Queens will once more be playing spouses in the two-part season finale of Kevin Can Wait which airs on CBS.In the installment, James’ character, Kevin Gable, a police officer for 20 years, who recently retired, will temporarily go back to work.Gable will accept an undercover assignment in an ongoing police investigation where he will partner with Vanessa Cellucci played by Remini.Gable and Cellucci will be asked to pretend to be husband and wife to solve the case.Based on the dynamic between Doug and Carrie – Cellucci will probably be frustrated by Gable’s constant talk about food, and she will physically and verbally abuse him.In related headlines, A&E delivered some additional good news to Remini by announcing that her series, Scientology and the Aftermath, has been picked up for a second season.The former member of the Church of Scientology, who is now exposing the organization, explained: “The way the organization has responded without taking responsibility for what they do to people, I need to continue.It would be another [scenario] if they stopped trying to discredit everyone’s stories and said, ‘If you don’t like it, don’t be part of Scientology.’”

Remini will appear in NBC’s What About Barb? if the pilot is picked up.


what I particularly like about this article is that it perfectly sums up what a young person searching scientology on the internet comes across… if you could encapsulate, put in a nutshell so to speak what a young person thinks of the church today this is it

 By Juliette Wills| 5:19 pm, March 23, 2017

There is hardly a shortage of news right now so you might have missed that Scientology is sending Tom Cruise to the Sunshine State.

The church already owns huge swathes of property in Clearwater (over $200 million worth) and bought a further $26 million in real estate in January and February. As ever Cruise is at the front of the Scientology queue, reportedly buying a $3 million duplex penthouse around the corner from the church’s Super Power Building headquarters.

The church is upping the ante in a bid to boost numbers and convince strangely gullible folk that they should be devoting a mere thousand lifetimes to their cause. Seemingly fewer people than ever believe that becoming a Scientologist is a sensible thing to do, and with prominent members leaving the church like there’s no tomorrow, they clearly needed to do something.

Anyone who has suffered the misfortune of being given the Scientology hard sell knows that they are upfront about the ‘faith’. Indeed, Cruise pioneered the modern celeb-fan etiquette of reaching out directly to his fans at his premieres . So Clearwater clearly brings new opportunities.

I have ideas for Scientology that aren’t so much ‘Leah Remini-A&E TV’ as ‘QVC’.  For a start vacations will never be the same again!

Cruise’s duplex is decked out with a flight simulator, a car elevator and a private rooftop pool from where Top Gun Tom can keep a close eye on the one in ten Clearwater Scientology residents.

The 350,000 square-foot structure hosts top-level $800-an hour Scientology lessons. Following a mere 90 hours of instruction you’ll not only be around $72,000 lighter but you’ll be able to leave your body and control matter with your mind. Who wouldn’t want that?

Cruise is at the penultimate level, so do watch your step just in case it works—he could probably fling you into the path of a bus just by giving you the stink eye!

Around half of the 40 storefronts along Cleveland Street are owned by the church, its parishioners or owners who rent to Scientology-owned businesses, according to the Tampa Bay Times, so if you’re thinking of taking a vacation in Clearwater this summer, consider what you may encounter during a stroll to the shops?

Scientologists believe that humans are actually immortal beings called ‘Thetans’ who live for trillions of years, so you can bet there’s a dude on every streetcorner selling somewhat complex life insurance plans which, of course, are infinite and therefore completely worthless. Do. Not. Sign. Anything.

Whereas an ordinary American street might be home to several pharmacies, Scientologists believe that sickness is merely psychosomatic, so you won’t be able to buy any pills or potions. Remember to pack mosquito repellant and suntan lotion or you’ll be truly screwed.

Church Leader David Miscavige has a bunch of dogs who are said to wear blue vests with stripes that show their rank as higher than most human Scientologists. These Church-crazy canines probably have their own dressing room, so expect to find at least one pet store selling the latest in canine comforts and designer doggy-wear. Do remember to bow (wow?) in their presence should you bump into them.

In the ‘60s Ron Hubbard hung out in the Caribbean on his ship, ‘The Apollo’. Teenage girls wearing uniforms of hot pants and platform shoes brought him drinks and sandwiches. Expect there to be a shop for teenage girls selling hot pants and platform shoes. It’s probably next door to the Irish pub which is where you’ll be able to get your drinks and sandwiches, which may well be served by teenage girls wearing said hot pants and platform shoes. Sweet!

Scientology bosses read all the mail that members send to their loved ones before they are posted to ensure that they don’t contain any ‘negative’ musings such as ‘Dude, I’m so over being reborn’ or ‘Dear Mom, apparently I can check out anytime I want but I can never leave’. Look out for a stationery shop where you can purchase Church-approved writing sets and stamps depicting Tom Cruise’s mega-watt grin along with ‘I Heart Clearwater’ postcards.

When a member commits a punishable offense, they are sent to the Rehabilitation Project Force. People on the RPF may only eat the left overs after other members have eaten and they are made to run everywhere. Expect a store selling recipe books with plenty of soup and casserole ideas (perfect for leftovers!) along with running shoes, shorts and perhaps T-shirts emblazoned with ‘I Run For Ron!’ across the chest

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Tales of “The Hole” have formed one of the most frightening narratives about Scientology to see the light of day.

Between the “Going Clear” book and movie, Leah Remini’s hit A&E docuseries, articles, and memoirs from former members, we’ve learned a lot about what ex-members say is Scientology’s alleged prison for executives who have fallen out of favor with the organization’s leader, David Miscavige.

“It was a poisonous environment,” “Going Clear” author Lawrence Wright said of “The Hole” on the HBO documentary. “People were really frightened. And this went on for years. This wasn’t a couple of days.”

“He literally created this prison camp,” Marty Rathbun, a former executice who left Scientology in 2004, said in “Going Clear” of his time in the Hole. “It was inevitable that I wasn’t going to last there.”

Here’s everything we know about Scientology’s alleged “prison” known as the Hole:


Former Scientologists say David Miscavige sent dozens of senior executives to the organization’s Gold Base near Hemet, California. Leading up to the order, former members said they noticed Miscavige was extremely agitated and paranoid that there was a plot to overthrow him.

“[Miscavige] very definitely wiped out that organizational pattern in order to be able to have ultimate power,” former Scientology executive Tom DeVocht said in “Going Clear.”


“Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath”/A&E

The executives were reportedly corralled into two double-wide trailers, which then served as the office space for the International wing of Scientology. International President Heber Jentzsch was among them. Many ended up spending months to years living in those trailers, according to accounts. Several people who were held there say the Hole’s numbers swelled to as many as 100 people.

The trailer space morphed from being known as the International office to the “A to E Room,” named after the church’s confessional process, the A to E steps. It was then the “SP Hole.” “SP” refers to “suppressive persons,” members who are believed to have broken church rules and to be bad influences on other members. Ultimately “SP Hole” was shortened to “the Hole.”


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The Hole quickly grew into a detention center for high-ranking members who displeased David Miscavige, former members have said.

“Honestly, the reasons for that could be anything from answering a question wrongly, not answering a question, a facial expression that was inappropriate, falling asleep after being up for a couple of days — I mean anything, you’re in the Hole,” ex-Scientology spokesman Mike Rinder said on A&E’s “Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath.”

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Scientology churches around the world


“Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath”/A&E

Mike Rinder said he and the 100 or so others being held in the Hole had to eat “slop” and that they weren’t able to come and go as they pleased.

“The doors had bars on them, the windows all had bars put on them, and there was one entrance door that a security guard sat at 24 hours a day,” Rinder said on “Going Clear.”


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In “Going Clear,” former Scientology executives describe being forced to play a game of musical chairs against each other, in which only the last person sitting would get to stay in Scientology. The others would be kicked out and not allowed to see or speak with their family members in Scientology again. At the end of the tense and violent game, Miscavige reportedly said they could all stay.

Other tales of mental and physical abuse in the Hole include one executive who was made to stand underneath the strong gusts of an air conditioner while water was poured on him, a woman who was beaten by other members until she confessed she was a lesbian, and another member who was made to lick a bathroom floor for a half-hour.


“Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief”/HBO

There was constant pressure for those in the Hole to confess their acts against David Miscavige and Scientology, according to former Scientologists. Miscavige was known to attack executives in the Hole.

“Here’s the equivalent of the Pope suddenly knocking you to the ground,” Tom DeVocht said of being beat up by Miscavige in “Going Clear.” “And you’re thinking, ‘I must have really screwed up.'”

But also the occupants would allegedly use violence against each other in order to draw out confessions.

“It was like ‘Lord of the Flies’ in there,” Rinder said on the A&E show. “I mean, it was insane. It was literally, ‘I’m going to beat the crap out of you before I get the crap beat out of me.'”


In 2009, the FBI investigated Scientology on claims of human-trafficking abuses. That same year, two former Scientologists sued the church on charges of forced labor and other human-rights abuses. A judge ruled in favor of Scientology in the case due to First Amendment protections for religions and their practices, among other things. That led to the FBI investigation being dropped in 2011.


“Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath”/A&E

While Scientology acknowledged it has a system of discipline for its members, it told ABC News that there’s no such thing as the Hole and it never existed.

Scientology refutes the accounts from “Going Clear” and Leah Remini’s A&E show, saying they are false and motivated by bitterness and money.


 old story – only added for bonus point use of the word ‘Rabid’ in the headline 

Tom Cruise Described as ‘Rabid’ While Defending Scientology

Christina Marfice

by  5 days ago

Being Scientology’s golden boy hasn’t always been smooth sailing for Tom Cruise.

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A new book about former CEO of Paramount Pictures Sherry Lansing reveals that Cruise got into a tiff with John Goldwyn, a former president of production at Paramount. Goldwyn was getting divorced, and when he mentioned Scientology in his divorce papers, Cruise interpreted it as an attack on him and the religion.

“Only once did Cruise’s beliefs affect his professional relationships: during a confrontation with Goldwyn,” the book reads, adding that the argument happened in 2003 after Goldwyn’s court papers stated that he believed his wife’s involvement in the Church of Scientology was “being applied to alienate the affection” of their daughter.

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“Tom got very upset because he thought I was launching a campaign against Scientology, and he felt I was persecuting him for his religion,” Goldwyn told Page Six. “Tom was rabid about it and said, ‘It’s because of people like you that I have to ride in a bulletproof car and why I cannot practice my faith openly.'”

Goldwyn added that things were particularly shaky because Cruise, the star of the Mission Impossible franchise, was integral to Paramount at the time.

“Sherry was amazing as an executive and a friend. She stepped in and saved the situation by saying, ‘I’ve known John for years, and he isn’t a bigot. This is about his daughter.’ Tom immediately calmed down,” Goldwyn explained.

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Goldwyn now credits Cruise with greasing the wheels and ensuring his divorce reached a settlement quickly, so it’s clearly water under the bridge.


Tom Cruise reportedly has set sail for love once more, and a new report claims that Cruise is so serious about his girlfriend that he’s even planning what will be his fourth wedding. Tom also reportedly is reuniting with his youngest child, Suri Cruise, following the death of his mother, according to the new report.

In Touch revealed that the 54-year-old actor is in the midst of figuring out his wedding to his co-star Vanessa Kirby. Tom’s decision to tie the knot again reportedly is linked to his alleged desire to “pick up the pieces in his life following the death of his mother Mary Lee South and… focus on what’s important — his family,” according to an insider’s revelations to the publication.

Tom Cruise reportedly wants to wed again.
Tom Cruise reportedly wants to wed again. [Image by Stuart Wilson/Getty Images]

Cruise and Suri have been apart for three years, but now Tom plans to reunite with his daughter and also wed Vanessa, 28, “sometime early next year,” said the source. Kirby earned fame for her role on The Crown playing Princess Margaret. The insider revealed that Cruise noticed and was impressed by Vanessa’s work on the Netflix original series.

“Tom flipped for her work.”

And Cruise also took action after viewing Kirby in The Crown. He reportedly asked that she star with him in Mission: Impossible 6. The actor succeeded, with the producers handing over the role to Vanessa.

“[Tom] told the other Mission: Impossible producers that he had to have Vanessa for a crucial role for the franchise’s sixth installment,” revealed the source.

Cruise and Kirby experienced “instant chemistry,” according to the insider, who also said that Vanessa has impressed Tom so much that he wants to wed.

“He thinks she’s perfect to be his next wife.”

Following his divorce from Katie Holmes in 2012, Cruise has been single. Katie and Tom were married for five years, and the split allegedly resulted from his involvement with the Church of Scientology, reported SheKnows.

When Cruise was dating Holmes, rumors soared that the Church of Scientology had arranged their romance and even set them up to wed, according to the media outlet, which reported that Tom’s new romance with Kirby has resulted in similar speculation.

“He’s blown her away with his endless charm and energy,” said a source quoted by the publication.

“He wants to make her the next Mrs. Tom Cruise.”

Although Cruise’s alleged decision to wed Vanessa might appear sudden, Tom proposed to Katie just eight weeks after they first met. The speed of their engagement at the time resulted in additional speculation that the romance had been arranged by the Church of Scientology.

As for how Kirby might handle the sudden spotlight if she and Cruise do wed, she’s been involved in celebrity romances before. Vanessa dated Douglas Booth, a co-star on BBC’s Great Expectations, for more than a year starting in 2012.

Tom Cruise holds Suri Cruise before his divorce from Katie Holmes.
Tom Cruise holds Suri Cruise before his divorce from Katie Holmes. [Image by Toby Canham/Getty Images]

Will Suri Cruise have a role in the wedding if Tom does follow through and tie the knot with his Mission: Impossible co-star? Earlier this year, Life & Style reported that although Cruise has not reunited with his youngest daughter for more than three years, he avoided what could have been the perfect opportunity: A Harry Potter-themed excursion.

Tom, who has three children, was spotted in London attending the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child play, and an eyewitness told the publication that Cruise was accompanied only by adults.

“He was with a woman who seemed to be a business associate and a few guy friends,” noted the observer.

Tom received VIP treatment, getting the best seats in the theater and getting “whisked in and out of the play at intermission and again at the end,” according to the eyewitness.

A second source told the publication that the reason for the lack of contact between Cruise and Suri is that Scientologists are advised to “disconnect” from family members and friends who exit the church, which both Katie Holmes and Suri did.

Prior to the alleged disconnect, however, another insider told the media outlet that Suri enjoyed “lavish holiday feasts” along with extravagant excursions and gifts.

“Tom would give Suri the run of the store at FAO Schwarz or take her to a VIP day at one of the Disney parks.”


Scientology’s Hollywood Problem

How do we solve a problem like Scientology?

Its founder, the late L. Ron Hubbard (who, according to Scientologists, isn’t dead but rather resides in a different context that’s too complex for us non-Scientologists to fathom) used his Hollywood know-how and derring-do to make the cult a worldwide powerhouse complete with a bevy of eager celebrity converts. Hubbard’s successor, the mercurial David Miscavige now faces a crisis management situation: Hollywood has become Scientology’s biggest enemy.

Unlike other cults, which seem to attract lonely, desperate, impoverished people, Scientology brings in exactly the kind of telegenic, narcissistic, egomaniacs who make for great entertainment. For years, the cult has been known as much for its biggest celebrity supporters (John Travolta, Tom Cruise, Kirstie Alley) as it has for its actual (and often disturbing) message.

There’s no doubt that Lawrence Wright’s serious expose, Going Clear, and the dogged determination of many other journalists, have gone far to expose the insidious nature of this organization.

But Scientology is facing a demographic challenge: the number of new recruits is down, thanks in part to Scientology’s inability to develop younger breakout stars to supplant Tom Cruise and John Travolta in the all-important eighteen to forty-nine demographic. As well, Hollywood and the mainstream media, which for decades stayed clear of reporting anything negative about Scientology in order to make nice with celebrities such as Cruise and Travolta, doesn’t run scared anymore.

In fact, Scientology’s big breakout star these days is a woman who publicly broke out of Scientology. Leah Remini, the most famous person ever to leave the cult, would be the first to admit that she wasn’t all that famous to begin with. After a career as a sitcom actress and failed talk show host, Remini has become the kind of truth-telling, defiant, wise-cracking protagonist that creates instant traction on reality TV—which is why her new show about Scientology is eminently watchable.

Remini’s series, “Scientology and the Aftermath,” is a breakout, binge-worthy cable hit that has viewers clamoring for a second season. Like the best reality show stars, she’s the pal who sits with us in the corner and gives us the hilarious low-down on everyone—but in this case it’s the low down on the inner workings of a notorious cult. We get fun celebrity dish, such as the fact that Tom Cruise was only encouraged to do the “soft sell” on fellow A-listers like Russell Crowe to join Scientology, while Remini and other B-list stars were expected to go all out in recruiting their co-stars (in Remini’s case, her co-star Kevin James). Watching former Scientologists in action allows TV viewers to do what they most love doing these days: judging others.

The BBC has also entered the Scientology fray with “My Scientology Movie”, a documentary film produced by Simon Chinn, whose previous work includes the Oscar-winning documentaries “Man on Wire” and “Searching for Sugar Man.” The conceit of the documentary – “we just wanted to make a movie that explains Scientology but they refuse to cooperate”—isn’t exactly fresh, but the film’s protagonist, Louis Theroux, plays the part of the film’s affable, gob-smacked British guide to perfection.

The film relies too heavily on the shtick that filmmakers like Michael Moore have run into the ground, including the now clichéd bit where the filmmaker shows up at headquarters and politely asks the guard if he can meet with the people in charge. There are the predictable scenes where everyone ends up aggressively filming each other while insisting that everyone put their cameras away.

Worse still, when the “bad guys” inevitably start following Theroux, he has to act as surprised as a wrestling announcer who can’t believe that someone has just been hit over the head with a metal folding chair.

But what “My Scientology Movie” does have going for it is Marty Rathbun, an egomaniacal hothead who defected from Scientology. Rathbun, who constantly brags that he rose to the plum position of Scientology’s “Inspector General,” is the gift that keeps on giving. He clearly can’t come to terms with the fact that much of his job included doling out mental and physical punishments to innocent people as well as doing underhanded and unethical things to protect Scientology’s leader, David Miscavige. Like many former bullies, Rathbun seems incapable of taking responsibility for the magnitude of his past actions. The viewer gets to see how Scientology plays into the egos of self-absorbed, power-hungry people—not just narcissistic celebrities.

There’s still clearly a great deal more material to mine in Scientology. The second season of Remini’s show will likely explore the unsolved disappearance of Miscavige’s wife as well as rumors that the cult is merely a place where A-list male movie stars can hide their homosexuality.

But if the new TV shows and documentaries about Scientology succeed in entertaining audiences, they also do a great service in reminding viewers of the dangers of cults. Hollywood’s serious reevaluation of Scientology is long overdue.