Church of Scientology bombshell lawsuit: What its A-List members know

Kidnapping. Abuse. Human trafficking. These are just some of the allegations an anonymous plaintiff is making in a suit filed on June 18 against the Church of Scientology and its current leader,David Miscavige, 59. Jane Doe, who’s believed to be around age 40, is suing the church — which boasts a host of famous members, including Tom Cruise, John Travolta and Kelly Preston — for kidnapping, stalking, human trafficking, false imprisonment, libel, slander, invasion of privacy and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

“The Church of Scientology presents a facade to the outside world to disguise what, in reality, is nothing more than a cult built on mind control,” the lawsuit alleges. The controversial church denies all allegations of abuse. In response to Jane Doe’s suit, the church’s lawyers tell Us, “We are confident the lawsuit will fail. The church will vigorously defend itself against these unfounded allegations.”

The shocking suit has the potential to bring down the controversial religion and its seemingly untouchable leader — and expose the secrets its A-list followers may have been keeping for years. “Tom [Cruise] undoubtedly knows the stories about the church,” a source tells Us of Scientology’s celebrity golden boy. Another insider says that with the actor, 57, employed as Miscavige’s right-hand man and best friend, “there’s very little he doesn’t know. He and David are like brothers united in their religious devotion. If David is ordering this kind of harassment  on people trying to leave the church,” adds the insider, “Tom would likely see it.”

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Disturbing allegations against Scientology are nothing new. In the 2017 HBO documentary Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, one former member recalls a “prison camp” where followers were allegedly forced to do hard labor for 30 hours at a time, eat table scraps and sleep on wet mattresses.

Leah Remini, who left Scientology in 2013, has since made it her mission to expose the church’s “physical and sexual abuse practices,” she’s said in August 2017. In an episode of her Emmy-winning A&E docuseries, Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath (on which Jane Doe appeared after she left the church in 2017), it was revealed that former Scientology exec Debbie Cook — who was sued by the church for violating a nondisclosure agreement — had been sent to “the hole” (a double-wide trailer used by the church for solitary confinement purposes), where she was allegedly forced to lick a bathroom floor clean.

Things aren’t looking good for the once-powerful organization. “The church is in crisis,” says Tony Ortega, a blogger who’s critical of Scientology. “Membership is dwindling, and its practices are being exposed in ways we’ve never seen before.” Scientology critic Steve Mango, of Mangotology.org, adds, “Scientology has been trying to cover up its crimes and abuse for decades,” he says. “This suit is the beginning of the unraveling of Scientology as we know it.”

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BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 02: Leah Remini, recipient of the Impact Award, poses in the press room during the Critics' Choice Real TV Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on June 02, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 02: Leah Remini accepts the Impact Award onstage during the Critics' Choice Real TV Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on June 02, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - MAY 21: Leah Remini attends the 44th Annual Gracies Awards, hosted by The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on May 21, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jean Baptiste Lacroix/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES - DECEMBER 20: The Late Late Show with James Corden airing Tuesday, December 18, 2018, with guests Jennifer Lopez, Leah Remini, and musical guests Black Eyed Peas. (Photo by Terence Patrick/CBS via Getty Images)
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE WITH ANDY COHEN -- Pictured (l-r): Jennifer Lopez and Leah Remini -- (Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
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REGAL UNION SQUARE THEATRE, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES - 2018/12/12: Leah Remini attends the world premiere of 'Second Act' at Regal Union Square Theatre. (Photo by Lev Radin/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - DECEMBER 12: Leah Remini attends "Second Act" World Premiere at Regal Union Square Theatre, Stadium 14 on December 12, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 12: Leah Remini takes part in SiriusXM's Town Hall with the cast of 'Second Act' hosted by Andy Cohen at SiriusXM Studios on December 12, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for SiriusXM)
THE VIEW - Jennifer Lopez and Leah Remini are the guests today, Wednesday 12/12/18 on Walt Disney Television via Getty Images's "The View." "The View" airs Monday-Friday (11:00 am-12:00 pm, ET) on the Walt Disney Television via Getty Images Television Network. (Photo by Lou Rocco/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images via Getty Images) JENNIFER LOPEZ, LEAH REMINI, SUNNY HOSTIN, MEGHAN MCCAIN
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 09: Jennifer Lopez;Leah Remini pose at the Photo Call For STX Films' "Second Act" at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on December 9, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 09: Actress Leah Remini attends the 2018 Creative Arts Emmy Awards - Day 2 at the Microsoft Theater on September 9, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
MALIBU, CA - JULY 14: Leah Remini attends the HollyRod 20th Annual DesignCare at Cross Creek Farm on July 14, 2018 in Malibu, California. (Photo by Tiffany Rose/Getty Images for HollyRod Foundation)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 19: Professional Dancer and Chippendales celebrity guest host Tony Dovolani (L) and actress Leah Remini attend Chippendales at the Rio Hotel & Casino on May 19, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Bryan Steffy/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 17: Leah Remini attends 'Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath' FYC Screening at Linwood Dunn Theater at the Pickford Center for Motion Study on May 17, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for A&E Networks)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 15: Actor Leah Remini attends the 2018 A+E Upfront on March 15, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for A+E)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 20: Leah Remini attends the 29th Annual Producers Guild Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 20, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/ WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 07: Actress Leah Remini enters the 'The Late Show With Stephen Colbert' taping at the Ed Sullivan Theater on August 07, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 05: Billy Joel and Leah Remini perfom at the newly rennovated Nassau Coliseum, Long Island on April 5, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 05: Kevin James, Leah Remini and Tony Dovolani backstage before Billy Joel perfoms at the newly rennovated Nassau Coliseum, Long Island on April 5, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - AUGUST 05: Actor/producer Leah Remini at the 33rd Annual Television Critics Association Awards during the 2017 Summer TCA Tour at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on August 5, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 30: 'Sting of Queens: Part One' and 'Sting of Queens: Part Two'-- Kevin begrudgingly agrees to come out of retirement briefly to reprise an undercover assignment where he and his old rival Vanessa Cellucci (Leah Remini), once again, pose as husband and wife. Also, Donna is up for a promotion, Kendra gets accepted to law school, and Chale gets a lucrative new job, on part one of the two-part first season finale of KEVIN CAN WAIT, Monday, May 1 (8:00-8:30 PM, ET/PT) and Monday, May 8 (8:00-8:30 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Pictured: Leah Remini, Kevin James. (Photo By Jeff Neumann/CBS via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 05: Kevin James and Leah Remini backstage before Billy Joel perfoms at the newly rennovated Nassau Coliseum, Long Island on April 5, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images)
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE -- Pictured: Leah Remini -- (Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE -- Pictured: Leah Remini -- (Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 29: Leah Remini visits the SiriusXM Studio on November 29, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JULY 24: Jennifer Lopez and Leah Remini attend Jennifer Lopez's birthday at Nobu Villa Atop Nobu Hotel at Caesars Palace on July 24, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Denise Truscello/WireImage)
MATCH GAME Airdate: July 17, 2016 - The iconic panel game show MATCH GAME, hosted by Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning actor Alec Baldwin, returns to primetime airing on SUNDAYS (10-11pm, ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Heidi Gutman/ABC via Getty Images) LEAH REMINI
MY KITCHEN RULES: L-R: Guest stars Leah Remini and Vicky Marshall in the Leah Remini Gets Artsy episode of MY KITCHEN RULES airing Thursday, Feb. 16 (9:01-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JANUARY 20: Cheryl Burke, Derek Hough and Leah Remini attend the opening JENNIFER LOPEZ: ALL I HAVE at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on January 20, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Denise Truscello/WireImage)
ENCINO, CA - APRIL 07: Kym Gold, Leah Remini and Holly Robinson Peete attend the Stella & Dot Trunk Show to benefit The HollyRod Foundation on April 7, 2016 in Encino, California. (Photo by Araya Diaz/Getty Images for Stella & Dot)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JANUARY 20: Actress Leah Remini arrives at the launch of Jennifer Lopez's residency 'JENNIFER LOPEZ: ALL I HAVE' at Planet Hollwood Resort & Casino on January 20, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by David Becker/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 08: Actress Leah Remini signs copies of her new book 'Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology' at Barnes & Noble at The Grove on December 8, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/Getty Images)
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE -- Pictured: Leah Remini -- (Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE -- Pictured (l-r): Leah Remini and Gloria Estefan -- (Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 04: Leah Remini promotes her book 'Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology' at Barnes & Noble Tribeca on November 4, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/Getty Images)
THE VIEW - Leah Remini (book, Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology) is the guest today, Tuesday, November 3, 2015 on ABC's 'The View.' 'The View' airs Monday-Friday (11:00 am-12:00 pm, ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Lou Rocco/ABC via Getty Images)
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LONG BEACH, CA - SEPTEMBER 21: Actress Leah Remini attends the Life is Good Supports Dream Court Opening - BGCLB event on September 21, 2015 in Long Beach, California. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Life is Good)
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE -- Pictured (l-r): Leah Remini and Josh Gad -- (Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
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