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Hey, tabloids: Tom Cruise once again attends Scientology gala as its poster boy

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Hey, tabloids, your boy Tom Cruise was at another Scientology fundraiser, helping out his main man David Miscavige (pictured, above) and we have the evidence.

A year ago, we provided proof that Tom Cruise attended the 2014 annual gala of the International Association of Scientologists (IAS) and even wore his “Freedom Medal of Valor.” But not only did the tabloids that normally watch Cruise like a hawk completely ignore our report, Star magazine later fibbed and said Tom had not attended the party as the magazine pretended that Cruise was on his way out of Scientology.

Then, this summer, we provided yet more evidence of Tom’s involvement — another photo, proving that Cruise had visited Scientology’s new “Ideal Org” in Bogotá, Colombia.

Again, crickets.

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And now, Tom has done it again. We have photographic evidence that the actor attended this past weekend’s IAS gala at Scientology’s UK headquarters, the Saint Hill Manor estate in East Grinstead, England. Is the third time the charm? Will the tabs this time take notice that Tom Cruise is still as dedicated to Scientology as ever, or will they ignore this news too?

OK, so here we go. Try to keep up, Star. On Friday, Scientology began its annual IAS celebration when David Miscavige stands up before a couple of thousand people in a tent on the grounds of Saint Hill Manor, the place L. Ron Hubbard bought in 1959 and that is still to this day Scientology’s UK headquarters. That photo at the top of this post was put out by Scientology itself to show Miscavige giving his usual three-hour address about how Scientology is growing by leaps and bounds, yadda, yadda, yadda… You can see that the backdrop this year featured a lot of flags from countries around the world, which also decorated the tent itself, over the heads of the crowd.

UPDATE: We now have more information about the two blokes who posed with Tom Cruise at Saint Hill Manor. The weekend’s events started with David Miscavige giving his three-hour speech on Friday night. On Saturday was the black-tie Patrons Ball where Tom was photographed with one of the entertainers (see below). And then on Sunday, Oct 25, there was a charity concert held where Scientology sucks up to the locals by giving some charity to local groups.

One of those groups chosen for Scientology’s largesse this year was the East Grinstead Rugby Football Club. We’re not really sure how helping out the local rugby club is clearing the planet, but whatever. Anyway, at the manor itself, this jolly fellow posed with Gavin Gleave and Phil Major of the rugby club in front of a staircase with a tapestry on the landing behind them…

 
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Major announced to the club that it was invited to the charity concert in this announcement. You can see that same staircase and tapestry in this official photo of the grand entrance hall of Saint Hill Manor that the Church of Scientology itself has put out…

 
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On Saturday, the IAS put on its annual Patrons Ball, when the wealthy folks who fund Scientology show up in black tie, and under the same flag-themed tent they are entertained by the likes of Chill EB, Scientology’s in-house rapper. In this blurry shot taken on the smartphone of someone in the crowd, you can see Chill at the front of the stage. You’ll also notice a singer behind him, a woman in a red dress…

 
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Here’s a better shot of that singer as she appears on the monitors in the tent. Her name is Gabriela Gunčíková, she’s Czech, and she performs with the Trans-Siberia Orchestra…

 
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And here’s the photo Gabriela posted from that night at her own Facebook page, explaining that it was at a UK charity event…

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Recognize the gent? Like in the other photo, he’s looking a bit puffy, but there’s no doubt who it is. Just like last year, Tom Cruise attended the festivities at Scientology’s big annual blow-out, where the church celebrates its supposed “expansion,” and sucks up to its big donors. Tom Cruise has been a big part of that scheme in past years, and he continues to be today. Because he hasn’t left Scientology. He’s still very much Scientology’s poster boy and chief recruitment tool.

But from the tabloids, you’d never know it.

 
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Posted by Tony Ortega on October 29, 2015 at 07:00

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