Friday, July 12, 2024

Leah Remini’s Anti-Scientology Doc: Former Celeb Wrangler Admits How Tom Cruise Was “Surrounded” and Isolated


Leah Remini’s anti-Scientology documentary on A&E is scorching. It airs Tuesday night the 29th at 10pm. Remini explains her trajectory as a teen member of the cult, what happened to her family, how she left and wrote her book which was published earlier this year.

But wait– Remini started getting so many messages from trapped and ex members of the cult that she decided to start filming them. And the result is pretty damn scary. In the first episode she gets former celebrity wrangler Amy Scobee on tape and the interview is a wowzer. Scobee admits that she was in charge of making sure Tom Cruise was completely isolated in the cult. All of the people who worked in Cruise’s house were Scientologists and he was constantly under surveillance.

Scobee’s mother, Bonny Elliot, is also interviewed for the first time. That shouldn’t make anyone at Scientology too happy since Elliot was a long time member who finally broke with the cult when she discovered all that crazy and scary stuff they were up to.

Scobee says, after describing incidents in which cult leader David Miscavige beat or manhandled members: “I was constantly justifying… why this crap was okay. And then I had this blinding realization. I was rationalizing insanities.”

Scobee was separated from her father for 27 years by Scientology and finally reconnected with him at age 42. The story of her escape, and her husband’s, from the cult, is really shocking.

The show carries several disclaimers from Scientology denying all accusations and making all of their critics out to be disgruntled or ex-communicated ex- members.

But when you hear all this, you’ll really wonder how the celebrity members– from Tom Cruise and John Travolta and Kirstie Alley to the little guys like Juliette Lewis, Michael Pena and Jenna Elfman– can continue to defend this absolute madness and cruelty.

Bravo, Leah!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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