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A former Scientologist who allegedly acted as Tom Cruise’s personal security guard has given an intriguing account of the long-rumored rift between Cruise and the religion’s other most high-profile member, John Travolta, as they competed for the favor of Scientology chief David Miscavige.

The church has responded to the allegations by accusing former church member Brendan Tighe of making “unsubstantiated claims” and being “an apostate who has a personal axe to grind.”

Tighe is the subject of an interview with Australian magazine New Idea, in which he says, “Cruise is the only celeb with a direct line to Miscavige. Travolta didn’t have that. Travolta doesn’t get anything free, no-one is giving him absurd gifts like an airplane hangar, custom-made bikes, or over-the-top favors.”

Read more at The Daily Beast.

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Author: By tom.sykes@thedailybeast.com (Tom Sykes)