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Six months after his infamous rant on the set of “Mission: Impossible 7” went viral, actor Tom Cruise has finally broken his silence on the controversy.
In December, while filming the movie, audio was released of Tom Cruise excoriating members of his crew for not practicing strict COVID-19 safety protocols.
“If I see you do it again, you’re f**king gone. And if anyone in this crew does it, that’s it — and you too and you too. And you, don’t you ever f**king do it again,” he reportedly said. “They’re back there in Hollywood making movies right now because of us. We are creating thousands of jobs, you motherf**kers.”
“That’s it. No apologies. You can tell it to the people that are losing their f***ing homes because our industry is shut down,” he shouted.
Speaking with Empire Magazine, Cruise clarified that he was not yelling at the entire movie crew — only a select few people.
“I said what I said,” Cruise told the outlet. “There was a lot at stake at that point. But it wasn’t my entire crew. I had the crew leave the set, and it was just select people.”
Cruise noted that filming was “never shut down again.”
“All those emotions were going through my mind,” he said. “I was thinking about the people I work with, and my industry. And for the whole crew to know that we’d started rolling on a movie was just a huge relief. It was very emotional, I gotta tell you.”
While celebrities from Whoopi Goldberg to George Clooney defended Cruise’s rant, actress and famed Scientologist defector Leah Remini claimed they were all been duped by a publicity stunt. Writing in the anti-Scientology blog The Underground Bunker, Remini called Cruise’s tirade a “psychotic rant” from an “abusive person.”
“Tom does not care about the families of his crew; this is all for publicity,” Remini wrote. “Tom does not believe in family values. I mean, how anyone is falling for this is just mind-blowing. I would bet that Tom had this rant written for him and had his Scientology assistant record and release it. Hearing a rich actor with enormous power address his crew in this way is a sign of weakness and a deeply troubled person.”
“Tom seems to think that Hollywood is incapable of making films without his help. Saying such a thing indicates the godlike figure Tom believes he is, and what he is told by Scientology,” Remini continued. “The reality is, anyone who is working in Hollywood today is working under strict COVID guidelines. Anyone who is working knows this. Tom Cruise is not dictating how films are being made, even if he seems to think so.”
Remini even asserted that the rant showed the true Tom Cruise.
“He is an abusive person. I witnessed it, I’ve been a recipient of it on a small level, and I’ve been told of similar abuse by his former girlfriend, his employees, and his friends,” Remini wrote. “This is the real Tom.”
“This is not just a guy in the middle of a public place standing up to someone for not wearing a mask. This is Tom friggin’ Cruise wielding his power and threatening and degrading his crew,” she later noted.
In response to Remini’s claims, the Church of Scientology told The Wrap that she is an “unreliable source” and that the church has taken action to prevent the spread of COVID-19.