Leah Remini has called bullshit on Tom Cruise and his recent on-set rant about COVID-19 safety, saying that the performance was a pure PR stunt, and that the high-profile Scientologist showed his true, abusive colours.

Earlier this week, as you may recall, someone ‘leaked’ a recording from the set of Mission: Impossible 7, in which the actor and producer could he heard angrily berating two crew members for breaching COVID safety protocols.

In a statement released this week, former church member Leah Remini said:

“Tom does not care about the families of his crew; this is all for publicity. I would bet that Tom had this rant written for him and had his Scientology assistant record and release it. Hearing a rich actor with enormous power address his crew in this way is a sign of weakness and a deeply troubled person.”

She also claimed that the rant was a display of Cruise’s true colours:

“Tom’s reaction that was released yesterday shows his true personality. He is an abusive person. I witnessed it, I’ve been a recipient of it on a small level, and I’ve been told of similar abuse by his former girlfriend, his employees, and his friends. This is the real Tom. This was the same reaction Tom gave his household staff when they did not have the right ingredients for him to make chocolate chip cookies. This is the same type of tirade Tom launched into when an assistant had the audacity to serve him a drink in a chipped mug.”

She then went in for the kill:

“Tom has a history of being abusive to his inner circle, including the abuse of neglecting his own daughter, Suri. His mental state is showing. Tom seems to think that Hollywood is incapable of making films without his help. Saying such a thing indicates the godlike figure Tom believes he is, and what he is told by Scientology.”

Leah Remini left the church in 2013, and she claims that Cruise is worried that if he gets sick, that might land him in a world of trouble with his fellow Scientologists.

She explained that this is down to his fear of “suppressive persons” – troublemakers, antisocial types, or really anyone who is not a Scientologist. She said:

“Tom does not believe in illness unless one is connected to suppressive persons … When you are sick in Scientology, you are sent to the Ethics Department. You are in fact in trouble for being sick. If you have anything from a cold to cancer in Scientology it means you must be connected to an SP. You are immediately interrogated to see if you have read or seen anything that exposes Scientology, you are interrogated to see if you are connected to anyone or anything that is anti-Scientology.”

Yikes. Representatives for Cruise have not yet commented on Remini’s statement.

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