'It's no secret that they despise each other!' Ex-security guard for Church of Scientology reveals bitter rivalry between Tom Cruise and John Travolta

17:28 • 16.04.18



A former security guard for the Church of Scientology has revealed the behind-the-scenes rivalry between the church's most high-profile members and how he was allegedly brutally punished for speaking to them. 

Working at its global headquarters in Clearwater, Florida, Brendan Tighe, 37, had an unrivaled view of 'Scientology VIPs' Tom Cruise, Kirstie Alley and John Travolta.


A Scientologist for 30 years, he has given DailyMail.com his experiences and observations about the celebrity culture within the Church and the Travolta/Cruise rivalry, as they furiously vied for the official Number Two position under leader David Miscavige.


Speaking from his home in Dunedin, Florida, he told DailyMail.com: “Cruise is the only celeb with a direct line to Miscavige. Travolta and Kirstie don'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.”


In 2008, when Cruise was awarded the Freedom Medal of Valor - the highest award in Scientology given to its most dedicated member - at a special gala in the UK, Travolta exploded in jealousy, according to Tighe. 


Before Cruise, 55, came along, Travolta felt he was the “favorite son” of leader David Miscavige.


“It's no secret that Cruise and Travolta despised each other. Travolta wasn't invited to Cruise's wedding with Katie Holmes, it told me everything. I can assure you Travolta doesn't recognize Cruise as a superior in any way. When Cruise got that medal Travolta was so p***ed off. 

DailyMail.com sought comment from Cruise and Travolta's reps, but did not receive a response. 

 

The Church claims that Daily Mail’s report “repeats unsubstantiated claims by an apostate who has a personal axe to grind”. 


Tighe, 37, along with his sister Natalie, 36, were born into the Church through his mother Katie Paquette, who is still a high-ranking

Scientology staff member today, and father Kevin Tighe, who was then a public Church member.

 

It was an unconventional lifestyle, which meant Tighe traveled around the US wherever his mother's Church duties took her. He even had to join his mother when she was sent to the Rehabilitation Task Force (RPF) - a Scientology prison - for a supposed 'crime against Scientology.' 


There they were forced to live with 'at least 50 people, mothers and children, in one single apartment in the most disgusting block Scientology could ever own,” according to Tighe, who adds, 'Remarkably, I can read and write, some people were illiterate.'


In 1993, at 12 years old, he signed a billion-year contract with the Sea Org - the organization for the most dedicated staff, who sign their life away to the Church - and endured 18-hour days of hard labor and studying. 

 





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