Scientology investigator Mark Ebner opens his mouth and doesn’t hold back when discussing the Tom Cruise/Katie Holmes divorce and the sordid details of Scientology. After spending years following the Church–and being followed by them–Mark has amassed a scary amount of information on the group he calls a ‘cult.’
De-mystifying and scandalous, the talk sheds light on the shadowy corners of the group and Mark fills in the blanks on the group’s hold on it’s converts, John Travolta’s recent troubles, and the Celebrity Poker Ring.
Mark Ebner is an investigative journalist who has covered celebrity and crime culture for such publications as Rolling Stone, Maxim, Details and Spy. Mark has investigated such controversial subjects as Scientology, dog fighting and the Ku Klux Klan. A published author, Mark co-wrote the New York Times bestseller “Hollywood, Interrupted” with Andrew Breitbart and Six Degrees of Paris Hilton. Most recently he co-authored “We Have Your Husband,” a story about a kidnapping in Mexico. In addition to writing, he has served as a commentator on NBC, CBS, ABC, MSNBC, NPR, Court TV and E! Entertainment Television to name a few. Mark was a consultant on the Emmy nominated episode of South Park’s “Trapped in the Closet” and also consulted for NBC/Dateline on the Paris Hilton Tapes report. Ebner runs a blog at hollywoodinterrupted.com where he reports on breaking news from Hollywood.
00:01 Media Mayhem Intro.
00:34 Welcoming Mark Ebner.
01:17 Tom Cruise and the Scientology auditions for his wife.
07:01 Doubts about the courtship and pregnancy.
09:12 Suspicious medical equipment and potential hazards of the E-meter.
11:02 Credibility of Scientology sources: “Don’t underestimate the power of mind control.”
13:47 Push-back from the church after leaving.
16:06 “The Doubt Formula,” and leaving your spouse.
18:15 Katie Holmes cleanses herself of the cult.
19:01 Scientology and their political inroads in California and LA.
22:21 “Auditing” a six-year-old, and the church’s perception of children.
27:30 How religion and family split Tom and Katie, and how Scientology views Christianity.
32:21 Living with a Scientology chaperone.
33:32 Tom Cruise’s Scientology tape clip and the language of the cult.
35:40 The Mayhem Round
35:50 Scientology, Tom Cruise, and what it all comes down to.
44:07 Alec Baldwin and the paparazzi assault.
48:11 Celebrity poker scandal.
51:10 Travolta’s massage-gate and the underbelly of hollywood.
57:01 Thanks and Goodbye!