The documentary was screened in America on Sunday evening and is based on Lawrence Wright’s book
- Going Clear documentary claims to reveal secrets of Scientology religion
- It alleges the church has a ‘blackmail file’ on John Travolta from auditing sessions and members are thrown into ‘The Hole’ to confess their crimes and vie for places by playing musical chairs to Bohemian Rhapsody
- Sylvia ‘Spanky’ Taylor, who once acted as the intermediary between the church and John Travolta, said people were punished with 30 hours labour
- Scientologists rejected allegations saying they are from ‘admitted liars’
Scientologists hold a ‘blackmail file’ on John Travolta to stop him leaving the faith, which includes ‘damaging material’ from his sessions with auditors at the church, it has been claimed.
A documentary investigating the religion and its secret California-based headquarters features a number of allegations about how members are threatened and tortured in prison-style camps and cut off from their family if they decide to leave Scientology.
Others belonging to the most senior order of the faith have been forced to play musical chairs to the sound of Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody in a fight to secure a chair to stay in the church, it was claimed.
The allegations featured in ‘Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief’, a documentary shown on HBO in America on Sunday evening.
The claims have been disputed by the Church of Scientology who have branded those who featured in the show – many former senior members – as ‘admitted’ liars and perjurers and ‘professional anti-Scientologists.’
Directed by Alex Gibney, Going Clear aimed to expose the secrets behind the mysterious faith followed by thousands of people including film stars John Travolta and Tom Cruise. It included interviews with former senior members and officials who made explosive claims about punishments endured by members and how followers have been manipulated.
These included descriptions of a ‘prison camp’, revealed by former member Sylvia ‘Spanky’ Taylor. People put into this camp are forced to do around 30 hours of hard labour, broken up by three hour rest breaks.
Spanky was once the point of contact between the Church and Travolta and said she was sent to this ‘prison camp’, known as the Rehabilitation Project Force which, she claims, is where members are ‘reindoctrinated.’
The documentary also claimed Scientology chiefs hold a ‘black PR package’ on Travolta, with all the disclosures he made during auditing sessions. During these sessions a trained auditor asked pointed questions such as ‘What are you willing for me to talk to others about?’
Travolta is said to have requested that his sessions were not filmed, but secret cameras were allegedly installed anyway.
As well as the claims about Travolta, former senior members of the faith told documentary makers about the various forms of punishment meted out by leaders.
Another form of punishment involved members of the highest ranking order within the Scientology church, Sea Org, whose members are said to be punished by being thrown in ‘The Hole’.
As well as beatings in ‘The Hole’, they are allegedly also subjected to demeaning tasks including mopping up the floor with their tongue to force t them to confess their crimes against the Church.
Others are apparently ordered to play musical chairs to the sound of Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody – fighting each other for chairs which allow them to remain in the church, with losers being expelled.
Being expelled from the Church of Scientology comes at a high price, because all friends and family that are still with the religion are forced to cut any ties with departing members.
Scientology is believed to be one of the reasons behind the breakdown of Tom Cruise’s marriage to Katie Holmes because he was understood to have wanted to send their daughter Suri to Sea Org, according to reports at the time. In an interview with the New Yorker in 2012, Scientology spokesmen denied the claims.
This strictest order of Scientology is run with rigid rules, with members being paid just $50 a week and being forced to leave if they have children. Members must pledge their allegiance to the faith for a billion years.
It has also been claimed that the church helped Cruise find a new girlfriend when he opened a new site in Spain and was single.
Officials are said to have found scientologist Nazanin Boniadi and had her braces removed, spent $20,000 on clothes and had her hair dyed to Cruise’s liking, the Huffington Post reported. The relationship soon ended.
Former senior executive Mark ‘Marty’ Rathbun was also interviewed for the documentary and made claims about the church’s tax requirements. Rathbun was a senior aide to the current leader of the Church of Scientology, and alleged the church’s goal was to be recognised by the Inland Revenue Service (IRS) in order to be made a fully tax-exempt religion, which it achieved in 1993.
Members are said to have filed dozens of lawsuits against IRS and employed private investigators to dig for information in a bid to get the church recognized…
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