An FBI investigation into the Church of Scientology that allegedly centers on human trafficking, unpaid labor, “re-education” camps and various financial improprieties is detailed in a new report, and the church’s most high-profile member, actor Tom Cruise, is a key player, The Huffington Post reports.
The Huffington Post story references an in-depth article in the New Yorker titled "The Apostate: Paul Haggis vs. the Church of Scientology.
The Church is said to be the focus of an FBI investigation that includes looking into services delivered to Cruise that allegedly involved the exploitation of labor, the Post article says.. The main source for the New Yorker piece was Oscar-winning director Paul Haggis, who was a member of the church for more than 30 years.
Reportedly, church members who worked for Cruise on projects including customizing a building, rebuilding motorcycles and fixing boats were paid just $50 a week.
In a statement, Cruise and the Church of Scientology denied the allegations.
Among the allegations against the church is the charge that church members who failed to perform their duties were sent to re-education camps, with one member reporting that he spent six years in such a camp.