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Valerie Haney, a former member of the Church of Scientology, detailed her “escape” from the church on this week’s premiere of Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath. Over the weekend, she spoke with The Underground Bunker, a blog run by Tony Ortega that chronicles Scientology, about one of the church’s most famous members: Tom Cruise.
“Tom Cruise worships David Miscavige like a god,” Haney, who was a member of Scientology’s inner elite Sea Org for 22 years, said of the actor’s relationship with the church’s leader. “They worshiped each other.”
Haney claims that she was in charge of a church program that auditioned women to be Cruise’s girlfriend, saying it “absolutely happened.”
The girlfriend-auditioning for Cruise by the church is a rumor that has circulated for years, with some speculating that Cruise’s ex-wife Katie Holmes “won” the role in the competition.
Cruise’s relationship with Miscavige is also well-documented. Ex-Scientologist Marc Headley, who worked closely with Miscavige for 15 years during his long tenure with the church, called the two’s relationship “the most intense, expensive bromance in history.”
Haney explained that in 2004, Miscavige hosted a birthday party for Cruise aboard the church’s cruise ship Freewinds. There, Haney said that Miscavige had “denigrated” his wife, Shelly, in front of executives. Shelly Miscavige has not made any public appearances since 2007 and, in 2013, Remini filed a missing person report on her.
According to Haney, Shelly had issues with Cruise and Miscavige’s “bromance” and the Scientology leader’s treatment of her. “Shelly was pissed off all the time,” Haney said. “Dave was raging at everyone day after day … and he had nothing for Shelly. So she was crying every night.”
“?The Church of Scientology stated that Valerie Haney is outright lying and making up stories, as part of her employment for Leah Remini,” a representative of the church told Fox News in a statement Sunday denying Haney’s allegations. The church also published a video titled ‘Valerie Haney: Leah Remini’s Paid Liar.’
Dec. 2, 12:13 p.m. Updated with the Church of Scientology’s response.
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