Sam Domingo was considered royalty in the weird world of the Church of Scientology.
But now, the daughter-in-law of beloved opera singer Placido Domingo is pulling back the curtain on the celeb-friendly sect.
The 51-year-old Brit told the Daily Mail she spent 22 years in Scientology, cavorting with the stars at the famed International Celebrity Centre in Los Angeles.
Domingo said she became close with Tom Cruise, the church’s poster boy, and his family. Her children played with his kids, Connor and Isabella.
She is now out of the church and warning of its dangers.
What drove her to speak out was seeing Isabella Cruise, 26, being “used” as a sales tool for the church.
“I feel sorry for that kid,” Domingo told the Mail. “You can’t be anti-Scientology if you’re part of Tom’s family, you will be disconnected — look at his daughter Suri [his daughter with Katie Holmes].”
She added: “Isabella’s being used for PR, she’s Tom Cruise’s kid, it’s not fair what they’re doing to her and Connor. They have no choice but to be the poster kids of Scientology now.”
According to Domingo, the Top Gun star’s kids were normal until he split from their mother, Nicole Kidman in 2001.
An “indoctrination of hate” towards the Aussie beauty began shortly after. In Scientology speak, Kidman was a “suppressive person.”
But Cruise isn’t the only Scientology member Domingo is calling out.
- She told the Mail that Jada Pinkett Smith was a de facto recruiter for the church. “Jada was always around Celebrity Centre, doing her own thing with Kelly Preston in the President’s Office. They were like the Stepford Wives of Scientology.”
- Hubby Will Smith was also a member, if somewhat less enthusiastic than his wife.
- Cheers star Kirstie Alley was allowed back into Scientology after being caught boozing and had to beg low-ranking members to forgive her.
As for Domingo, she claims Scientologists forced her to have an abortion because at the time, she was a member of their secret police, Sea Org.
Scientology is refuting Domingo’s allegations.
“There is no ‘revelation’ in what Sam Domingo told you,” the church said in a statement.
“She has been making false claims about the Scientology religion for the last decade, using her past connection to famous individuals to peddle her lies to tabloids.”
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