ABC NIGHTLINE: INSIDE SCIENTOLOGY -- ILLUSTRATED INTERVIEW
or have already left.
He lives in an obscure location, far from the power centers of the Church.
Q. What would you like to see happen to Mr. Miscavige?
[Marty Rathbun] I would like to see him cease, cease his continuing abuses.
[Martin Bashir] Would you like to see him punished for what he's done?
[Marty Rathbun] I think he should have to pay the Piper for what he's done. And what punishment that is, I don't know. Maybe the greatest punishment is the self-inflicted punishment of the recognition of what he's done.
[Martin Bashir] And tomorrow night, from Tom Cruise to John Travolta, we take a closer look at the relationship between Scientology and celebrity, and efforts by the Church to draw A-list stars,. And you can find more information on tonight's report on the Nightline page at ABCNews.com, and the original St. Petersburg Times report at TampaBay.com. And that's our report for tonight. From all of us at ABC News, goodnight America.
Tonight on Nightline
TOM CRUISE AND THE CHURCH --
the intense relationship between the superstar and the leader of the Scientologists.
REACHING FOR THE STARS.
How does the Church of Scientology attract --
some of America's biggest celebrities,
and what do the stars get out of it?
THE SECRETS OF SCIENTOLOGY, the questions about the Church's beliefs, and their outraged response.
From the global resources of ABC News, with Terry Moran, Martin Bashir, and Cynthia Mcfadden in New York City. This is Nightline.
October 23, 2009.
[Martin Bashir] Good evening. Celebrity endorsement can be a crucial part of any promotional product. A Superbowl quarterback using a particular aftershave. An Oscar winning actress wearing a particular designer.
And even in the private area of personal faith, celebrity endorsement can be influential in encouraging others to follow the same path. It's no surprise then that soon after the invention of Scientology by science fiction author L. Ron Hubbard, the group set about attracting major public figures, an effort that has proven extremely successful.
Celebrities and the Church of Scientology seem to go hand in hand.
And actor Tom Cruise is arguably the world's best known celebrity Scientologist.
[Tom Cruise] She said "So, I really want to understand who you are."
And I said, "Okay."
I said, "Well, I'm a Scientologist."