Out of the church for two years now, the schism happened when Haggis — who has two openly gay daughters — could not convince Scientology officials to publicly condemn Proposition 8.
“I was in a cult for 34 years,” Haggis says. “Everyone could see it. I don’t know why I couldn’t.”
EW obtained a statement from the church in response to Haggis’ claims: “The article is little more than a regurgitation of old allegations that have long been disproved. It is disappointing that a magazine with the reputation of The New Yorker chose to reprint these sensationalist claims from disaffected former members hardly worthy of a tabloid.”
Expect to see copies of The New Yorker popping up in grocery check-out lanes any day now.