Tom Cruise Leaving Scientology: Blackmail, Abuse; Grave Consequences Revealed By Ex-Member And HBO Documentary ‘Going Clear’ [UPDATE]
Tom Cruise Leaving Scientology - The news of Tom Cruise leaving Scientology for his daughter Suri, 9, has been all over the news in the past few days. Now, new reports are claiming that it's highly unlikely.
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According to ex- member Chris Shelton and the new HBO documentary "Going Clear," Tom Cruise leaving Scientology is harder than it seems.
"I don't personally believe that Tom Cruise left the church," said Shelton, who was a former high-ranking Scientology Sea Org. member.
Shelton said that Scientology members undergo auditing "sessions" encouraging them to share their innermost secrets, adding that even though these secrets are supposedly confidential, high-ranking members of the church would use the information against stumbling members.
"For anyone who leaves the church of Scientology, there would be massive consequences. There are always consequences for leaving the church. The church has demonstrated that they have no qualms whatsoever about releasing so called confidential audits of members who leave," said Shelton. "These audits are supposed to be confidential, but have been used against members, who are considered 'suppressive people' because they left the church."
In addition to having his innermost secrets revealed, if he left from Scientology, Tom Cruise would have to "disconnect" from his family who are members, including his older children according to The Inquisitr.
"You have to remember - Tom has been part of the church since the 1980's. That's a long time. He has surrounded himself with Scientologists. If he left the church, he would have to 'disconnect' from the rest of his family who are in the church. That includes his older children, too," according to Shelton.
News of Tom Cruise leaving Scientology surfaced on July 1 in a Star Magazine report. The A-list actor reportedly had a "tearful" conversation with Suri and the thought of leaving the cult crossed his mind.
"She was going on and on about her ballet class and how much she loves it," according to an insider. "That's when Tom realized he's never seen her perform ballet and he started to tear up."
Chris, however, confirms that it won't be so easy for Cruise.
"It's not as simple as just saying goodbye and walking away. Scientology is a cult and all about mind control. They lead you to believe that if you leave the church or if you continue to associate with people that leave the church that something terrible will happen to you. It's all about mind control and fear," he said.
"It doesn't matter how intelligent you are, something being intelligent can actually work against you," adding that he is now labeled a 'suppressive person' and he now wants people to know that Scientology is "a money making scam" in his opinion.
Meanwhile, an HBO documentary about Scientology titled "Going Clear" was released in theaters March 13 and on HBO March 29.
In the film directed by Alex Gibney and adapted from Lawrence Wright's best-selling book "Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood & The Prison of Belief," Scientology members who erred were revealed to have experienced abuse, segregation from their families and physical labor such as cleaning toilets using a toothbrush.
Cruise, for one, has reportedly dedicated countless hours submitting to Scientology audits, a form of spiritual counselling for the church.
According to "Going Clear," and as told by Chris Shelton, the church had no second thoughts disclosing celebrities' deepest, darkest secrets to the tabloids if they attempt to leave the church.
Since Cruise holds an important position in the church, it would be harder for him to get out.
"Going Clear" even suggested that Scientology was the reason for Cruise and Nicole Kidman's divorce when they were filming Stanley Kubrick's "Eye's Wide Shut," in 1998. The breakup was reportedly orchestrated by David Miscavige, one of the church's leaders.
The church allegedly turned Cruise and Kidman's two children against Nicole after telling them she was a "Suppressive Person," meaning a non-believer. Miscavige allegedly told them to cut off all ties from Nicole. The church event went so far as to tap Kidman's phones to convince Cruise to end the relationship.
Today, despite having only about 50,000 members, Scientology is worth over $1.2 billion. Much of the church's net worth is due to celebrities who have recruited, fundraised, and provided the church access to the upper society, according to The Business Insider.