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SCIENTOLOGY BLACK OPS, Episode 7: Celebrities who seek godhood through David Miscavige

‘Celebrity,’ the seventh episode of ‘Scientology Black Ops,’ a special 7NEWS Australia investigation that was cancelled by the network in July, has been leaked to the Internet.

Ten episodes were scheduled to be published to the 7NEWS website on July 14 when the network changed its mind, cancelled the program, and also pulled down a trailer it had made for the series. On August 31, we found that the first episode in the series had been leaked, and we embedded it along with a transcript we prepared. We also did the same for the second episode, ‘Witness X,’ on Sept 4, the third episode, ‘Taken,’ on Sept 11, the fourth episode, ‘The Star,’ on Sept 14, the fifth episode, ‘Always Attack,’ on Sep 17, and the sixth episode, ‘Dirty Tricks’ on Sept 21.

We’ve done the same for the seventh episode, in which 7NEWS reporter Bryan Seymour digs into the celebrities who are the public face of Scientology, explaining their dedication to it and what it is they hope to get out of it. And that includes the wonderful footage of Nancy Cartwright explaining that through Scientology she’s trying to become a god.

Here’s the video, and then the transcript. (For those confused by the length of these short “episodes,” please keep in mind that this was a nightly news investigation and these segments were created to run during a news broadcast, not as longer shows on their own.)



[UPDATE: After a request from attorneys representing Seven News, we have removed the embed links to the leaked ‘Scientology Black Ops’ episodes. See our reasons why in this story.]

Episode title: CELEBRITY

Bryan Seymour: This is Chinese Grauman’s Theater in Hollywood, one of the oldest establishments of the entertainment industry. All the people come to see the stars on the Walk of Fame here, and the footprints and the handprints. But it’s also an epicenter for Scientology. Scientology and Hollywood have always been intertwined. They used it for decades as a way of promoting themselves. But now, it could be the reason for their undoing. It was done by design, not chance. L. Ron Hubbard realized early on that celebrities could be walking billboards…

L. Ron Hubbard: You know?


Seymour:…advertising his newly invented Scientology to millions for free. In 1955 he drew up a list of celebrities to target, including Pablo Picasso, Walt Disney, Ed Sullivan, Orson Welles, and Ernest Hemingway. To this day, celebrities play a major role within the church, some of the biggest names in Hollywood are Scientologists.

Deborah Rennard: The celebrities, especially the very big celebrities, are treated completely different than anyone else in the church. You know, they have their own special areas that they are, they receive services, there are only certain people who are allowed to communicate to them. I mean, they do not associate with other people, and you know, what they are told and what they are shown and all of that is, it’s like a bubble. You know, they’re over here. Paul and I, we were in there for many years, and we were celebrities, so you know, I get it.

Leah Remini: Scientology went from being this innocuous, you know, little, I think, fad, people saw it as like a celebrity innocuous self-help group that wasn’t really harming people, to people really seeing this is a $3 billion dangerous money-making cult.

Seymour: Scientology’s first Celebrity Centre was set up by an Australian woman, Yvonne Gilham, who recruited John Travolta. I heard John Travolta recently say, well, I don’t believe any of this stuff. I’ve never seen it. It works for me, I wouldn’t be where I am if it weren’t for Scientology, so I’m not going to address, I’m just not going to address those concerns. Is that good enough?

Mike Rinder: Obviously not. That’s ridiculous.



Remini: And the thing is that John knows the truth. I mean I’ve sat with John. John knows the truth. John said I don’t give a shit. It’s helped me. You live in a little bubble. You have been brainwashed thoroughly that without Scientology you will die, your career will die. You attribute everything that happens to you good, to Scientology, anything bad that happens to you is your fault. It’s bigger than celebrity.

Tony Ortega: Are they turning a blind eye to it? I’m not sure if that’s the right term. People like Tom Cruise believe that this is a prison planet, and that Scientology is literally this planet’s only salvation.

Seymour: A prison planet.

Ortega: A prison planet, right.

Seymour: On a prison planet. And David Miscavige is the warden?

Ortega: No, no, no. He’s trying to help us, you know, break out of this prison. The wardens of the Earth prison planet are the Marcabian invader forces that came to Earth tens of thousands of years ago and have bases on Venus and Mars. They’re the ones that are keeping us down.


SNL ‘Neurotology’ video: Religion and science intertwined, aliens live inside of our minds. A billion-year contract…

Seymour: A sign of Scientology’s declining grip on Hollywood is the growing number of comedy spoofs.


SNL ‘Neurotology’ video: We’re in this forever, never to leave it until our last breath. We are here, our path is clear, we are finally free with Neurotology.

Seymour: And here we are.

Tommy Davis: And here we are, exactly.

Seymour: OK. I was a welcome guest in 2010, when Scientology tried to win me over, granting me the unique privilege of interviewing some of their celebrities, including Nancy Cartwright, the voice of Bart Simpson, who gave Scientology $10 million in 2007. Today she has handed over more than $17.5 million in donations.

Nancy Cartwright: Yeah, I believe in God. I believe that there is a power that I am striving for. I think the best way to describe that would be to name that ‘God,’ you know. And ideally I would have to say that I am striving to be that god.


Ortega: Tom Cruise worships David Miscavige like a god. That’s what people need to keep in mind. He’s not in Scientology because he’s being blackmailed or he can’t leave. Tom Cruise is in Scientology because he believes that L. Ron Hubbard was the greatest human being that ever lived and that David Miscavige is the greatest person living on the planet today. He really believes this stuff.

Remini: He’s very, very protected, as most celebrities are protected, but Tom particularly. Like, Kirstie Alley’s not protected like Tom Cruise is protected. Not even John Travolta is protected like Tom Cruise is protected. When you meet people, and I’ve met many people who’ve worked with Tom, they go he’s the nicest guy, I go, bullshit. Tom is an awful human being to Scientologists. If Tom was in the real world, with real assistants, not Scientology assistants, real hair and makeup people — like, somebody would have punched him the fuck out. I don’t care who he thinks, he would not be able to do what Tom Cruise does in the Scientology world in the real world. And that’s why he lives in this very crazy world that is unlike any world you, me, it doesn’t matter, Jennifer Lopez. I mean, this is a kind of crazy power that would be like into, like…

Mike Rinder: A king.

Remini: A king, yes, yes.



Emmy presenter: And the Emmy goes to Leah Remini, Scientology And The Aftermath!

Remini: Mom, she’s here tonight. Thank you. Thank you for believing in me. I wouldn’t be doing my life’s most important work, and you are officially forgiven for getting us into a cult.

Seymour: When Leah got her Emmy for best factual series, Elisabeth Moss walked out of the room, presumably because it was a slight against Scientology.

Paul Haggis: Yes.

Seymour: What should Elisabeth Moss do at the next press conference?

Haggis: Well the first thing she should do is open her eyes and look. I mean, you don’t stand up and walk out of an awards ceremony, if that’s what she did, unless you have a very strong feeling about something.

Ortega: I wrote this open letter to Tom Cruise to explain to him that this is going to stick to you eventually. You know, if you keep becoming, if you’re still the symbol of this organization, you will be the symbol for this behavior. The man is a Scientologist. He is trained not to believe a word that you or I say.

Seymour: So he’s simply not going to believe any of this is true.

Ortega: He won’t.


Seymour: I mean, if he doesn’t know this operation was carried out, when he hears this, or he’s told about this, what do you think he’ll think about this. What do you think he’ll do?


Ortega: He’ll ask Dave what to believe. He won’t believe anything you say.

Seymour: David Miscavige.

Ortega: Yes, he’ll ask David Miscavige what to believe.

Seymour: Paul Haggis said to me that both Cruise and Travolta will die in Scientology.

Ortega: I think he’s probably right about that. That would be huge if Tom Cruise or John Travolta left and spoke up and acknowledged that they had seen some abuses. That would be absolutely huge and it would help the government, you know, do something. But I just don’t see it at this point. I think that both Travolta and Cruise have shown as much dedication as ever.

Seymour: So, Tom Cruise and John Travolta, the big two, what should they do? What morally should they do?

Haggis: They should admit the truth. They should at least admit the truth. Start there.

Seymour: Next, a stunning revelation.


Haggis: OK, no one knows this. He went in and, by his own admission, destroyed evidence, covered up…

Seymour: On the death of a young woman.

Haggis: A murder.



Source Code

“The zygote is very easily injured. Every abdominal pressure affects it. However, an auditor should run the ovum-sperm series three or four days before conception. Although this hasn’t been checked objectively, cases respond much better if you get that series. The time up to before the first missed menstrual period has been checked objectively, because somebody else has this material too, but it is not easy to check conception objectively. Conception is a specific moment and you are not quite sure when it arrives. However, until the time this data is checked objectively, the reality of it is strong.” — L. Ron Hubbard, September 27, 1950


Overheard in the FreeZone

“Even the type of wins as an Indie are different, much wider in scope, and MUCH MORE UNIVERSAL AND LESS CULTISH! What a tasty level this NOTs! Endless dishes and menus, some fantastic, some hard to digest (oh yes!), some a piece of cake, but all of them life shaking, life changing. And mood and tone altering, oh BIG time. I started slow and half blind, then got better, and better. And then I was doing difficult, elusive things correctly and more and more RIGHT!”


Random Howdy

“If you leave or get kicked out they have a big ray gun device called the Hubbard Engram Re-Stimulator that can locate you anywhere on the planet and zap you with a beam that re-implants all the charge you blew.”


Full Court Press: What we’re watching at the Underground Bunker

Criminal prosecutions:
Danny Masterson charged for raping three women: Demurrer filed by Masterson, arraignment delayed to October 19.
Jay and Jeff Spina, Medicare fraud: Jay’s sentencing is set for October 5 in White Plains, NY. Jeffrey’s is set for October 24.
Hanan and Rizza Islam and other family members, Medi-Cal fraud: Next pretrial conference set for Jan 12 in Los Angeles
Dennis Nobbe, Medicare fraud, PPP loan fraud: Charged July 29. Bond revoked Sep 14. Nobbe dead, Sep 14.

Civil litigation:
Luis and Rocio Garcia v. Scientology: Oral arguments were heard on July 30 at the Eleventh Circuit
Valerie Haney v. Scientology: Forced to ‘religious arbitration.’ Petition for a writ of mandate filed with Cal 2nd Appellate District, Sept 10.
Chrissie Bixler et al. v. Scientology and Danny Masterson: Sept 29 (CSI/RTC demurrer against Riales, Masterson demurrer), Oct 26 (motions to compel arbitration)
Jane Doe v. Scientology (in Miami): Jane Doe dismissed the lawsuit on May 15 after the Clearwater Police dropped their criminal investigation of her allegations.
Matt and Kathy Feschbach tax debt: Eleventh Circuit ruled on Sept 9 that Feshbachs can’t discharge IRS debt in bankruptcy. Update required in federal lawsuit on Oct 19.
Brian Statler Sr v. City of Inglewood: Second amended complaint filed, trial set for Nov 9, 2021.
Author Steve Cannane defamation trial: Trial concluded, awaiting verdict.


Scientology’s celebrities, ‘Ideal Orgs,’ and more!

[Catherine Bell, Chick Corea, and Nancy Cartwright]

We’ve been building landing pages about David Miscavige’s favorite playthings, including celebrities and ‘Ideal Orgs,’ and we’re hoping you’ll join in and help us gather as much information as we can about them. Head on over and help us with links and photos and comments.

Scientology’s celebrities, from A to Z! Find your favorite Hubbardite celeb at this index page — or suggest someone to add to the list!

Scientology’s ‘Ideal Orgs,’ from one end of the planet to the other! Help us build up pages about each these worldwide locations!

Scientology’s sneaky front groups, spreading the good news about L. Ron Hubbard while pretending to benefit society!

Scientology Lit: Books reviewed or excerpted in our weekly series. How many have you read?



[ONE year ago] The rise and fall of a Scientology mogul just took another mysterious twist
[TWO years ago] What a train wreck: The ignominious fate of Scientology’s original flagship, the ‘Apollo’
[THREE years ago] Bernie Feshbach, 1923-2017: A man who fought against Scientology in his own way
[FOUR years ago] ‘Horrifying’ autism ‘cure’ exposed by BBC turns out to be Scientology: Now, the inventor speaks
[FIVE years ago] Our Pacific Northwest adventure begins this afternoon with a stop in Portland
[SIX years ago] Ryan Hamilton files lawsuit number 21 against Scientology’s drug rehab network
[SEVEN years ago] Federal Judge Orders Evidence Preservation Based on Narconon Georgia’s “Misconduct”
[NINETEEN years ago] Sympathy for the Devil (The Tory Christman story)


Scientology disconnection, a reminder

Bernie Headley (1952-2019) did not see his daughter Stephanie in his final 5,667 days.
Valerie Haney has not seen her mother Lynne in 2,073 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 2,577 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 2,097 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 1,117 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 1,008 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 4,315 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 2,183 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 2,957 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 3,761 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 3,077 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 11,643 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 7,562 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 3,730 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 3,311 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 3,572 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 2,610 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 2,323 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 1,848 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 1,378 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 5,938 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 3,078 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 3,398 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 8,253 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 3,372 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 1,728 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 6,031 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 2,137 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 2,539 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 2,411 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 1,994 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 2,489 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 2,743 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 13,852 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on September 27, 2020 at 07:00

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