Tom Cruise’s keepers must rue the day the internet got invented – even though Scientology bosses ban followers from logging on to unapproved websites.
The reason is that they might happen upon allegations like the ones made by Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Lawrence Wright in his new book.
The latest ones include that the cult’s leader David Miscavige dressed his dogs up in Sea Org Captain outfits and made his minions salute them.
He claims: “Miscavige keeps a number of dogs, including five beagles. He had blue vests made up for each of them, with four stripes on the epaulettes, indicating the rank of Sea Org captain.
“He insists that people salute the dogs as they parade by.
“The dogs have a treadmill where they work out. A full-time staff member feeds, walks and trains the dogs and enters one of them, Jelly, into contests, where he has attained championship status.”
The mind boggles at how they treated the bride of Scientology Katie Holmes then.
And, he writes that Miscavige lives in such a palatial apartment that “best friend” Tom Cruise is jealous of it: “His wardrobe fills an entire room and two full-time stewards are responsible for his cleaning and laundry.
“Cruise admired the house cleaning so much — even Miscavige’s light bulbs are polished once a month — that the church leader sent a Sea Org team to Cruise’s retreat in Telluride, Colorado, to train the star’s staff.”
Hmmm… ‘Training the staff to polish Tom Cruise’s bulbs’? That’s one way of putting it.
Wright’s book, Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood & The Prison Of Belief, hits bookstores in the US tomorrow.