- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 7, 2015

John Travolta broke his silence Monday to defend the Church of Scientology, a week after a HBO documentary brought renewed scrutiny to the church.

Since its March 29 debut, “Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief” has prompted calls from the church’s critics for Mr. Travolta and Tom Cruise — Scientology’s figurehead celebrities — to speak out against their church, the Tampa Bay Times reported.

“No, I haven’t,” Mr. Travolta, 61, told the Times when asked if he had seen the film. “And I don’t really care to.”

“I haven’t experienced anything that the hearsay has [claimed], so why would I communicate something that wasn’t true for me?” the actor said. “It wouldn’t make sense, nor would it for Tom, I imagine.”

In “Going Clear,” directed by Alex Gibney, and based on Lawrence Wright’s 2013 book, former members describe mental and physical abuses they suffered while involved with the church.

Mr. Travolta called the documentary a product of “people who were disgruntled with their experiences” with Scientology, while the church “has been nothing but brilliant for me,” the Times reported.

“I’ve been so happy with my [Scientology] experience in the last 40 years,” he told the newspaper, “that I really don’t have anything to say that would shed light on [a documentary] so decidedly negative.

“I’ve helped so many people through hard times,” Mr. Travolta said. “Loss of children, loved ones, physical illnesses. Through many tough, tough life situations I’ve used the technology to support them and help them. It’s always worked.

“So, why would I even approach a negative perspective? That would be a crime to me, personally, to do that,” he added.

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