Actor Tom Cruise was allegedly aware of misdeeds going on in the Church of Scientology as the church and its leader, David Miscavige, face allegations of stalking, human trafficking, and kidnapping in a recently filed lawsuit.
Us Weekly reported that an anonymous woman sued Miscavige and the Church of Scientology on June 18, alleging kidnapping, stalking, human trafficking, false imprisonment, libel, slander, invasion of privacy, and intentional infliction of emotional distress. Sources have since told the tabloid that Cruise, 57, a famous follower of the controversial religion, is incredibly involved in the sect and would know of any crimes transpiring inside of it.
“There’s very little he doesn’t know. He and David are like brothers united in their religious devotion. If David is ordering this kind of harassment on people trying to leave the church Tom would likely see it,” the insider said of the “Top Gun” actor.
While questions regarding Cruise’s possible involvement in a crime ring loom, the woman who filed the lawsuit in a California court described the Church of Scientology as a “cult built on mind control.” She also alleged that members were regularly subjected to physical, emotional, and sexual assault and that members who attempted to alert authorities were deemed “suppressive” and other followers are instructed to injure or destroy them, according to Radar Online.
Categorically denying claims levied in the lawsuit, a lawyer for the church told Us Weekly, “We are confident the lawsuit will fail. The church will vigorously defend itself against these unfounded allegations.”
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[Featured image: Tom Cruise/AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein]