Tom Cruise Named In Lawsuit Against Church Of Scientology
Posted on Thu Jul 31, 2008 10:38 AM PDT

Tom Cruise TCRUISE062807.jpg LOS ANGELES, California (X17online) - Actor Tom Cruise, along with dozens of other individuals, have been named in a $250 million federal lawsuit against the Church of Scientology, according to Rush & Molloy of the NY Daily News.

Former Scientologist Peter Letterese filed the lawsuit on July 15 in Southern District Court in Florida, and claims that members of the Church harassed him after he left, among other offenses. Letterese claims that a member of the Church called his attorney and when the attorney's wife answered the phone, the church member said he was her husband's homosexual lover. Letterese calls the church a "crime syndicate" and wants it broken up under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization (RICO) Law.

Letterese names Cruise in the lawsuit, claiming that Scientology leader David Miscavage is "aided and abetted by the actions of Tom Cruise, his right-hand man for foreign and domestic promotion, as well as for foreign and domestic lobbying. He has assisted the syndicate in acquiring funds and his own donations of money believed to be in the multiple tens of millions of dollars."

A representative for Cruise could not comment, as she had not seen the lawsuit, and Karin Pouw, a spokeswoman for the Church of Scientology, told NY Daily News, "This is a frivolous suit based on falsehoods."

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