Friday 20 October 2017

Travolta dismisses Scientology show

John Travolta said his experience with Scientology 'has been nothing but brilliant for me'
John Travolta said his experience with Scientology 'has been nothing but brilliant for me'

John Travolta has declared he will not be watching a new documentary about the Church of Scientology.

The Pulp Fiction star, one of the church's most high-profile members, was asked whether he would be watching HBO's Going Clear: Scientology And The Prison Of Belief, and was adamant that he would not be tuning in.

When the Tampa Bay Times asked if he had seen the documentary, which addresses accusations of physical abuse and blackmail of members, he replied: "No, I haven't, and I don't really care to."

He continued: "I haven't experienced anything that the hearsay has (claimed), so why would I communicate something that wasn't true for me? It wouldn't make sense, nor would it for Tom (Cruise, also a Scientologist), I imagine."

The actor said he thought Going Clear was a product of "people who were disgruntled with their experiences" with Scientology, saying his experience with the church "has been nothing but brilliant for me".

He explained: "I've been so happy with my (Scientology) experience in the last 40 years that I really don't have anything to say that would shed light on (a documentary) so decidedly negative.

"I've been brought through storms that were insurmountable, and it's been so beautiful for me, that I can't even imagine attacking it."

Travolta has credited Scientology with helping him after the death of his son Jett while on a family holiday in the Bahamas and said that without its assistance: "Oh, my god, I wouldn't have made it. Honestly."

He also said that he had used Scientology to help others going through tough times: "I've helped so many people through hard times. Loss of children, loved ones, physical illnesses. Through many tough, tough life situations I've used the technology to support them and help them. It's always worked.

"So, why would I even approach a negative perspective? That would be a crime to me, personally, to do that."

Press Association

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