Former Scientologist Mike Rinder says he once saw John Travolta kiss a male masseur.
The 67-year-old man left the organization in 2007 and in his book “A Billion Years: My Escape From a Life in the Highest Ranks of Scientology” he writes about his experiences.
In it Rinder says that he was helping Travolta with some PR problems at the time he saw the kiss. Rinder claims he was brought in by the church to quietly discuss Travolta’s love life, which has been a topic of conversation for years.
“Since the beginning of the 1990s, Travolta had been bothered by stories from supposed male lovers, including one of his former pilots and a porn star,” Rinder writes.
“Knowing that a story about John and Kelly [Travolta’s then-wife Kelly Preston] having gay s*x could hurt their public image, we dug up dirt on the sources and threatened to sue the media.”
Rinder says that he met the actor in a hotel suite. Then Travolta’s masseur, who was wearing a bathrobe, walked into the room and kissed the actor on the lips.
“As the masseuse walked toward the bedroom, John said, ‘I’ll be in soon,'” Rinder writes. “Right in front of a top Scientology official, that was pretty shocking. Just didn’t happen. I guess that shows how much trust he had in me.”
Rinder says that even though the church says it is not against gay people, “the threat of a story describing a Scientologist as gay would cause panic within the church,” because for a Scientologist, not being “cured” of homosexuality would mean that the technology doesn’t work.
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