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Watching 'Going Clear' 'Would Be A Crime To Me': John Travolta Breaks His Silence, Praises Scientology In Wake Of Scathing Documentary


Apr. 7 2015, Updated 10:27 a.m. ET

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John Travolta says he hasn't viewed the controversial HBO documentary Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief -- and isn't planning to.

Asked if he was planning to view the Alex Gibney-directed documentary -- which makes bold claims against the church -- the A-lister told the Tampa Bay Times Monday, "No, I haven't and I don't really care to," adding that even watching "would be a crime to me, personally, to do that."

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The Pulp Fiction star, one of the most prominent faces of the church, said that in four decades, the institution "has been nothing but brilliant for" him.

"I've been so happy with my experience in the last 40 years that I really don't have anything to say that would shed light on a documentary so decidedly negative," he said. "I've been brought through storms that were insurmountable, and the church has been so beautiful for me, that I can't even imagine attacking it."

The 61-year-old Hollywood legend said that "it wouldn't make sense" for him or the church's other public face, Tom Cruise, to speak out against the church following the bombshell documentary.

"I haven't experienced anything that the hearsay has, so why would I communicate something that wasn't true for me?" he asked, adding that the documentary was based off information from "people who were disgruntled with their Scientology experiences."

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Travolta -- touching upon his son Jett's death six years ago -- said he "honestly ... wouldn't have made it" through the dark days without the church's support, and that he's not the only one whose been uplifted through personal tragedy by the institution.

"I've helped so many people through hard time: Loss of children, loved ones, physical illnesses," he recalled. "Through many tough, tough life situations I've used the technology to support them and help them. It's always worked.

"So why would I even approach a negative perspective? That would be a crime to me, personally, to do that."



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