John Travolta Blackmailed Into Staying Closeted By Scientology, New Documentary Claims

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John Travolta has faced accusations about his sexuality throughout the span of his 40-year career, whether they come directly from alleged former male lovers or indirectly from the Internet.

The 61-year-old actor has never addressed the rumors explicitly, but a new film set to premiere on HBO March 29 will dump gallons of gasoline on the speculative fire by claiming Travolta is not only gay, but being held hostage in the closet by the Church of Scientology.

According to a Buzzfeed report published yesterday, Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief claims the church has been mining information about Travolta’s private life through a process called “auditing” ever since he joined early in his career.

The film claims information the church has on Travolta, including private confessions that he is gay, is allegedly kept in “a black PR package” that the Church would use against him if he ever left.

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“On many occasions, we were sent out to get with his publicist, to get with his lawyer to help squash or intimidate these people who were making accusations against him,” Marty Rathbun, an ex-Scientologist who worked closely with the organization’s leader, says in the film.

“Once that happened, I think he was really the church’s captive,” adds Lawrence Wright, co-producer and author of Going Clear, the 2013 book on which the film is based.

What’s even more chilling is the implication that through this blackmail, Travolta had power to expose the Church of Scientology and what they were doing to him.

“When they were facing lawsuits and stuff like that, he’d be brought forward and make his testimony about how great Scientology is. He had the opportunity to affect the behavior of the church. And he chose not to,” Wright said.

You can read the full report at Buzzfeed, and tune in to see Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief when it premieres on HBO March 29.

Matthew Tharrett is a writer, filmmaker, and above all else, a Britney fan. He once shared a milkshake with Selena Gomez.
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