Friday, April 19, 2024

Scientology Keeping Claws in Tom Cruise, Sending Son Out with “Avid” 30 Year Member “Minder”


Scientology is keeping its claws in Tom Cruise.

E! online actually picked up photos of Tom’s adopted son, Connor, out on the town minded by a 30 year member of the so called church.

Connor was accompanied to dinner with a former child actor named Patrick Renna, whose Scientology history goes back to 1992. He’s 43 years old, so not exactly a “pal” for a 27 year old kid. But Renna has worked his way up through dozens of Scientology courses to something called “OT V.” That’s the fifth level of Operating Thetan. Renna has been potentially brainwashed to believe he will return to Earth after death as the Silver Surfer.

The whole photo set up reeks of the famous “Godfather” seen when Frank Pentangeli is set to testify against the Corleones in front of Congress. Just before he takes the stand, Frankie spots his brother, who the Corleones have brought in from Italy and is now their hostage. He never testifies.

Poor Connor, a pawn in a game. With “Top Gun Maverick” putting Tom Cruise back on top, the cult may be worried the movie star is feeling independent from them. This was a good move for them.

The public outing was shot at Capo Restaurant in Santa Monica. There was a third friend, also likely with the cult. It looks like they all ate pretty well. But the reason for all this publicity is indigestible.

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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