The Church of Scientology and its poster child Tom Cruise are the subject of a new, tell-all documentary from Britain’s Channel 4, Celebuzz has learned.
Tony Ortega, the investigative reporter who chronicles the inner-workings of the church, conformed he has been working with the television network, filming in California, Texas and New York during recent months.
“I’m glad to help them,” Ortega, the former Editor in Chief of the Village Voice who now runs his own website, told Celebuzz via email.
“I think their one-hour show, airing in March, is going to be a major addition to the field.”
The Channel 4 documentary comes at a time when 50-year-old Cruise’s involvement with the controversial religion has been sharp in focus, in the wake of his split from ex-wife Katie Holmes.
Indeed, as this site previously reported, ex-Scientologists — including one of Cruise’s former advisors — spoke out about how Cruise has lived life in a gilded cage supervised by the leaders of his religion, for more than 20 years.
The split from ex-Dawson’s Creek star Holmes was also deemed to be the “biggest nightmare” in Scientology history, according to some defectors.
When asked more about the focus of the documentary, Ortega said: “I better let them say more about what’s in it. I’ll just say I’ve been impressed at their level of research and how much they understand that this is s critical time for the church.”
In an interview with Woman’s Day magazine in Australia, Ortega warned: “This is terrifying for Scientology celebrities in an organisation that has destroyed so many lives and so many families.”
He added, “One of the most powerful things about this documentary is that those interviewed took part in the wrongdoing.
“Now they’re speaking out, revealing everything Scientology tried to bury.”
It’s not the first time Channel 4 has investigated the church. In 1997, John Travolta, the actor, wrote to Michael Jackson, the network’s controller, asking him not to allow a documentary because it would slander him and the religion.
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