John Travolta defends Scientology from 'Going Clear': The church has been 'beautiful for me'

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John Travolta Opens Up About 'Going Clear' Documentary


John Travolta says he has not seen Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief and has no plans to do so.

The actor and member of the Church of Scientology said he has not experienced any of the negative things depicted in Alex Gibney's documentary about the church.

"I haven't experienced anything that the hearsay has [claimed], so why would I communicate something that wasn't true for me?" Travolta said in an interview with The Tampa Bay Times. "It wouldn't make sense, nor would it for Tom (Cruise), I imagine."

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John Travolta defends Scientology from 'Going Clear': The church has been 'beautiful for me'
CAP D'ANTIBES, FRANCE - MAY 22: John Travolta attends amfAR's 21st Cinema Against AIDS Gala Presented By WORLDVIEW, BOLD FILMS, And BVLGARI at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc on May 22, 2014 in Cap d'Antibes, France. (Photo by Gisela Schober/German Select for Mercedes-Benz)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 21: Adrien Brody and John Travolta attend the Puerto Azul Experience: Inside Party at the 67th Annual Cannes Film Festival on May 21, 2014 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Michel Dufour/French Select/Getty Images)
CAP D'ANTIBES, FRANCE - MAY 22: Kelly Preston, John Travolta, Oscar Generale and Danny Mendez attend amfAR's 21st Cinema Against AIDS Gala Presented By WORLDVIEW, BOLD FILMS, And BVLGARI at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc on May 22, 2014 in Cap d'Antibes, France. (Photo by Venturelli/WireImage)
CAP D'ANTIBES, FRANCE - MAY 22: Actor John Travolta attends amfAR's 21st Cinema Against AIDS Gala Presented By WORLDVIEW, BOLD FILMS, And BVLGARI at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc on May 22, 2014 in Cap d'Antibes, France. (Photo by Bertrand Rindoff Petroff/amfAR14/WireImage)
US actor John Travolta (L) and his wife US actress Kelly Preston pose as they arrive for the amfAR 21st Annual Cinema Against AIDS during the 67th Cannes Film Festival at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Cap d'Antibes, southern France, on May 22, 2014. AFP PHOTO / ALBERTO PIZZOLI (Photo credit should read ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP/Getty Images)
US actor John Travolta (L) and his wife US actress Kelly Preston pose as they arrive for the amfAR 21st Annual Cinema Against AIDS during the 67th Cannes Film Festival at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Cap d'Antibes, southern France, on May 22, 2014. AFP PHOTO / ALBERTO PIZZOLI (Photo credit should read ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP/Getty Images)
US actor John Travolta (L) and his wife US actress Kelly Preston pose as they arrive for the amfAR 21st Annual Cinema Against AIDS during the 67th Cannes Film Festival at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Cap d'Antibes, southern France, on May 22, 2014. AFP PHOTO / ALBERTO PIZZOLI (Photo credit should read ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP/Getty Images)
CAP D'ANTIBES, FRANCE - MAY 22: John Travolta and Kelly Preston attend amfAR's 21st Cinema Against AIDS Gala Presented By WORLDVIEW, BOLD FILMS, And BVLGARI at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc on May 22, 2014 in Cap d'Antibes, France. (Photo by Gisela Schober/German Select for Mercedes-Benz)
CAP D'ANTIBES, FRANCE - MAY 22: (L-R) John Travolta and Kelly Preston attend amfAR's 21st Cinema Against AIDS Gala Presented By WORLDVIEW, BOLD FILMS, And BVLGARI at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc on May 22, 2014 in Cap d'Antibes, France. (Photo by Dominique Charriau/WireImage)
CAP D'ANTIBES, FRANCE - MAY 22: John Travolta, wearing BVLGARI, attends amfAR's 21st Cinema Against AIDS Gala Presented By WORLDVIEW, BOLD FILMS, And BVLGARI at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc on May 22, 2014 in Cap d'Antibes, France. (Photo by Venturelli/WireImage)
CAP D'ANTIBES, FRANCE - MAY 22: John Travolta, wearing BVLGARI, attends amfAR's 21st Cinema Against AIDS Gala Presented By WORLDVIEW, BOLD FILMS, And BVLGARI at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc on May 22, 2014 in Cap d'Antibes, France. (Photo by Venturelli/WireImage)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 21: Adrien Brody and John Travolta attend the Puerto Azul Experience: Inside Party at the 67th Annual Cannes Film Festival on May 21, 2014 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Michel Dufour/French Select/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 21: Oscar Generale, John Travolta and Kelly Preston attend the Puerto Azul Experience: Inside Party at the 67th Annual Cannes Film Festival on May 21, 2014 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Michel Dufour/French Select/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 21: Adrien Brody and John Travolta attend the Puerto Azul Experience: Inside Party at the 67th Annual Cannes Film Festival on May 21, 2014 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Michel Dufour/French Select/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 21: (ITALY-OUT) John Travolta (L) and Kelly Preston attend the welcome party for Puerto Azul Experience Night at Villa St George on May 21, 2014 in Cannes, France. (Photo by David M. Benett/Getty Images for Puerto Azul)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 21: (ITALY-OUT) John Travolta attends the welcome party for Puerto Azul Experience Night at Villa St George on May 21, 2014 in Cannes, France. (Photo by David M. Benett/Getty Images for Puerto Azul)
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CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 21: (ITALY-OUT) (L to R) Domenico Giannini, John Travolta, Lara Lieto, Oscar Generale, Adrien Brody and Kelly Preston attend the welcome party for Puerto Azul Experience Night at Villa St George on May 21, 2014 in Cannes, France. (Photo by David M. Benett/Getty Images for Puerto Azul)
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He went on to say the church helped him through personal tragedies, including the death of his son Jett in 2009.

"I've been brought through storms that were insurmountable," he said, adding Scientology has "been so beautiful for me, that I can't even imagine attacking it."

Going Clear, based on Lawrence Wright's book, premiered on HBO on March 16. It makes a number of claims about Scientology, including that L. Ron Hubbard founded Scientology as a way to bolster his declining book sales and that the Church pays its members between six and 40 cents an hour for labor services. The Church has vehemently denied the claims made in the documentary.

"In two hours this film racks up more falsehoods, errors, embellished tales and blatant omissions than were committed by Rolling Stone, Brian Williams and Bill O'Reilly combined. By our calculation, the film on average includes at least one major error every two minutes," the Church wrote in a letter to The Hollywood Reporter last month in response to the film.

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