Gibney spoke to Confidenti@l at the Reel Works Gala Benefit at Capitale on Wednesday night, saying he’s read excerpts fromLeah Remini’s book,“Troublemaker,” in which the actress rips the lid off Scientology and what goes on behind closed doors.
Cruise, whom Remini discusses at length in the tome, was Gibney’s top target.
“I would just say this about Tom Cruise. It’s time for him to address these issues,” Gibney said. “These are serious human rights allegations. He should address them, end of story. They (Scientologists) pretend. Tom Cruise pretends that people are trying to undermine his faith, but I would say it’s not about the creed it’s about the deed. And so it’s about these human rights allegations of abuse, so he’s got to address those, end of story.”
Gibney, who directed the documentary, “Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief,” says so many people let Cruise “off the hook” for his secrecy and odd behavior because he’s an A-list star.
“Mostly because they make deals when he goes on shows,” he explained. “It’s like, ‘I’ll be on your show to promote the movie and let you use the clips but you can’t ask any questions about ‘Going Clear.’ ”
The director has read parts of Remini’s book, and says it’s crucial she speaks out against the religion because she’s seen firsthand what goes on inside the organization.
“It seems interesting, obviously,” Gibney said. “She was there,she was in the belly of the beast. I mean, I’ve talked to her before. I think what she has to say is important.”
Meanwhile, Confidenti@l has learned that during Remini’s press tour for her book, she increased her security because of threats made against her after she spoke out against the church.
On its official website, the Church of Scientology bashes Remini, saying: “Leah Remini has become what she once declared she never wanted to be known as: ‘this bitter ex-Scientologist.’ . . . Ms. Remini is showing herself to be a spoiled, entitled diva who still obsessively complains about such petty matters as her seating placement, limo ride, five-star hotel accommodations and the paparazzi’s failure to recognize her nearly a decade ago . . . Ms. Remini is now joined at the hip with a collection of deadbeats, admitted liars, self-admitted perjurers, wife beaters and worse.”