Tom Cruise's best friend, Scientology leader David Miscavige, used secret videotapes of the actor's "confessionals" to entertain his friends, according to the man who made those videos.
Marty Rathbun, a once-powerful member of Scientology, was entrusted with the job of "auditing" Tom Cruise, RadarOnline.com has learned.
The Scientology defector writes in his widely-followed blog that the highly sensitive sessions took place in 2001 as Cruise was going through his split from Nicole Kidman.
"By order of Miscavige many of those sessions were secretly recorded by a well-concealed video camera and voice recorder system built into the VIP auditing room at Celebrity Center International," Rathbun writes.
" I was also required by Miscavige to write reports on the content of every session I delivered during that period and send them directly to Miscavige. I was told by him that he needed to know because recovering Tom to Scientology was the most important mission possible."
Rathbun says he stopped the videotaping in February, 2002, because he found it to be "unethical" and of no legitimate purpose.
Now he writes, he knows why the videos were ordered. According to Rathbun, a trusted source has told him that Miscavige used the Cruise tapes to entertain his pals.
"DM regularly held court with others in his personal lounge...while sipping scotch whiskey at the end of the night," Rathbun says. " Miscavige would read Tom's overts and withholds from my reports to others, joking and laughing about the content of Tom's confessionals."
Rathbun's allegations are the latest in a series of attacks against Scientology by former members, many of them high-powered, high-profile figures like Rathbun.
Tom Cruise has remained quiet through the recent onslaught of attacks against his church.