Devoted Scientologist John Travolta has spoken out about the new documentary decrying the church.
“I’ve been so happy with my 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,” the actor told the Tampa Bay Times when asked about Going Clear, a new film about the religion.
“I’ve been brought through storms that were insurmountable and [Scientology has] been so beautiful for me, that I can’t even imagine attacking it.”
The controversial film, directed by Alex Gibney, makes shocking allegations about Scientology, including that members are allegedly threatened and tortured in camps, and features former members speaking out against the religion and its practices.
“I haven’t experienced anything that the hearsay has [claimed], so why would I communicate something that wasn’t true for me?” Travolta said.
“It wouldn’t make sense, nor would it for Tom [Cruise], I imagine.”
The Church of Scientology has reacted to the film by accusing it of publishing “false information”.
“The Church has documented evidence that those featured in Ginbey’s film regurgitating their stale, discredited allegations are admitted perjurers, admitted liars and professional anti-Scientologists whose living depends on the filing of false claims,” the Church said in a statement.
There are many famous faces who count themselves amongst the Church’s faithful, including musician Beck and actresses Laura Prepon and Kirstie Alley.