Parishioners at the Church of Scientology believe that Hollywood actor Tom Cruise is single-handedly changing the planet because that is what they are taught, according to former member Leah Remini.
Since Remini left the Church of Scientology in 2013, she has been openly criticizing the church and its practices. At present, the Hollywood actress is part of new A&E documentary series "Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath" in which she reveals the church's most controversial practices, Today relays.
Before the show's premiere on Tuesday, Remini answered questions in a Reddit Ask Me Anything session. During that session, she revealed that she gave millions to the Church of Scientology. She also indicated that the members hold Tom Cruise in high regard.
"Parishioners believe that he is single-handedly changing the planet because that is what the 'Church' is telling them," said Remini.
In addition, she revealed that celebrities are given special treatment by the Church. Supervisors reportedly serviced them at home and there are separate areas for special course rooms for celebrities.
The premiere episode of Remini's show had more explosive revelations about the Church of Scientology. Amy Scobee, who joined when she was still 14 years old and handled the Celebrity Centres, revealed that she experienced statutory rape at the hands of her 35-year-old boss and that the Church never reported the incident to her parents or the police, USA Today reports.
When Scobee was sent to a rehabilitation facility for "Sea Org members who get in big trouble," she was subjected to hard labor and her communication to the outside world was cut off. She was only able to escape with her husband after he told a security guard that they were going out "unless you want to shoot me in the (expletive) head."
Meanwhile, the Church of Scientology released a statement denying the allegations made against it in the A&E show. The Church described Remini's show as "scripted" and "dramatized" fiction.