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Scientology exposed: HBO doc ‘Going Clear’ sheds light on the Church’s secret, cult-like rituals

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A controversial HBO documentary by Oscar-winning director Alex Gibney that aired on Sunday unveiled numerous shocking allegations about The Church of Scientology and its cult-like traditions through interviews with former high-ranking officials of the Church.

The film, based on Lawrence Wright's book ‘Going Clear,’ exposes details about the often controversial faith and has been since been repeatedly denounced by Church officials.

Among the documentary’s talking points: The alleged existence of prison camps, where Scientology members are fed table scraps and forced to sleep on the dirt and to perform manual labor as part of a re-indoctrination program.

Actor John Travolta, among Scientology’s most famous members, is apparently tied down to the Church, which has a "black PR package" filled with career-ending, damaging footage.

Another revelation: the fact that superstar Tom Cruise is apparently given free reign to treat lowlier Scientologists like sweatshop workers. The ‘Mission Impossible’ star reportedly pays some of them as little as .40 cents an hour to maintain his fleet of exotic, high-end sports cars, according to a report by the Huffington Post.

The weirdest ritual, however, appears to be the forcing of members to play musical chairs to Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody," in order to stay a member of the congregation.

The documentary includes interviews with many former members that haven't seen or spoken to Scientologist friends and family members since leaving the religion.

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