Speaking up, and being heard loud and clear. Three months after premiering at Sundance, Going Clear, the controversial Alex Gibney documentary examining the Church of Scientology, aired in primetime on HBO, and former Scientologist Leah Remini is applauding Gibney’s efforts.
Famously leaving the church in 2013 for the sake of her daughter, Sofia — who was approaching the age when children begin the auditing process — Remini commended Gibney and the Going Clear filmmakers for blowing the lid off the secretive organization.
“Thank you to the brave who did something about it. And to those who didn’t have a voice, you do now,” the former King of Queens actress, 44, tweeted Sunday.
In the bombshell documentary, Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, former members of the Church (including writer/director Paul Haggis) recount with chilling detail the past abuse, blackmail, and threats they were subjected to while members. The two-hour film also alleges that the Church branded star member Tom Cruise‘s then-wife Nicole Kidman as a P.T.S. (Potential Trouble Source), and tapped her phone in case she spoke to non-members about her marriage. Members also convinced the couple’s children, Isabella and Connor, to turn against their mom so that Cruise would have a better case for custody. Cruise declined to be interviewed for Going Clear.
Prior to Going Clear‘s HBO broadcast, Haggis Instagrammed a message of support to Gibney and the filmmakers. “So proud of those who stood up despite the consequences,” he wrote.
The Church has already mounted its defense against Going Clear‘s filmmakers, calling Gibney’s work a “bigoted propaganda piece” with “at least one major error every two minutes,” according to a five-page letter submitted to The Hollywood Reporter earlier this month.
“You know, there’s a doctrine in the church called ‘fair game,’ which means that if there are critics of the church, it’s fair game to go after them in any way you can to slander them,” Gibney — whose request to interview Scientology head David Miscavige was declined — said in an interview on CNN’s Reliable Sources. “It’s interesting to me that a church, which is a religious organization in theory, would spend so much time trying to provoke hatred.”
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