Church of Fear: When John Sweeney sat down with Anne Archer and Leah Remini - 2018-08-11
This week in our 'Scientology Lit' series, we have an excerpt from BBC reporter John Sweeney's 2013 book, Church of Fear: Inside the Weird World of Scientology. Sweeney wrote about his experiences making two BBC documentaries about the church, 2007's "Scientology and Me," and 2010's "The Secrets of Scientology." In this chapter, he's being handled by Scientology's two spokesmen — Tommy Davis and Mike Rinder — as he conducts interviews for his 2007 Panorama episode at the Hollywood Celebrity Centre with his cameraman Bill and producer, 'Mole.' He gets forceful denials about Scientology leader David Miscavige striking his employees (which Rinder will be among those to confirm in a 2009 piece by the Tampa Bay Times.) We hope you enjoy this cracking good chapter that Sweeney was generous enough to share with us...
Back in the Celebrity Centre I asked a question.
'That's insane,' said Tommy.