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Scientology Defector Publicly Reveals Details of Feud Between John Travolta and Tom Cruise

The stars have been vying for power in the insular religion.

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Former Scientologist Brendan Tighe, who claims to have worked as a personal security guard for Tom Cruise, has revealed details of the alleged feud between the star and fellow Scientology celebrity John Travolta.

According to Tighe, the two actors competed for favor from the religion's leader David Miscavige.

“Cruise is the only celeb with a direct line to Miscavige," Tighe said. Travolta didn’t have that. Travolta doesn’t get anything free, no one is giving him absurd gifts like an airplane hangar, custom-made bikes, or over-the-top favors.”

Travolta reportedly "exploded with jealousy" when Tighe awarded Cruise with the Freedom Medal of Valor in 2008. Travolta believed the award was a signal that he had been "stripped" of his place as Scientology's most valued celebrity.

The bizarre revelations included confirmation that the church helped locate a new girlfriend for Cruise after his split from Nicole Kidman.

Following Tighe's embarrassing revelations, the Church of Scientology said the former member is making "unsubstantiated claims" because he's “an apostate who has a personal axe to grind.”

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