John Travolta has broken his silence about the new, anti-Scientology HBO documentary Going Clear, saying that the people behind it are ‘disgruntled’ ex-followers who want to paint the church black to the world.
For years, the ‘Church of Scientology’ has been accused of being a cult and a fraud, with many prominent ex-followers publicly disclosing their alleged horrible experiences while they were with them. The church has constantly denied the accusations despite the alleged evidence against them that regularly surface in the news.
Speaking to Tampa Bay Times, the actor, who is very prominent in the church together with Tom Cruise, said, ‘I haven’t experienced 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.’
He continued, ‘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. 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.’
He also added that Scientology’s ‘technology’ helped him recover from the death of his son Jeff … a feat which would have been impossible at that time.
‘So, why would I even approach a negative perspective? That would be a crime to me, personally, to do that,’ he said, before labeling the documentary as the product of ‘people who were disgruntled with their experiences.’