Leaked documents reveal how Scientology execs tried to RESTRICT airspace after learning of college prankster’s plot to fly airplane banner poking fun at Tom Cruise and the church at Mission: Impossible premiere

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Top Scientologists tried to restrict airspace around a Mission: Impossible premiere to stop a college prankster embarrassing Tom Cruise with an airplane banner, leaked documents obtained by DailyMail.com reveal.

The documents, passed on by a former top Scientology executive, show the drastic lengths the ‘religion’ went to in order to stop a prank at the 2006 MI III Los Angeles premiere – including using contacts in the LAPD.

The man behind the prank, Stephen ‘Josh’ Schofield, was a 21-year-old student at the University of Central Florida at the time.

Using around $3,300 donated from friends on an online forum, he arranged for two planes to fly banners over the fan screening of the Paramount movie at Grauman’s Chinese Theater on May 4, 2006, poking fun at the ‘galactic overlord’ Xenu in Scientology’s mythology.

‘We got the idea probably after the South Park episode [mocking Scientology] came out, to try to prank Tom Cruise for being a Scientologist,’ Schofield told DailyMail.com.

‘One plane was going to carry a banner that said ‘Hail Xenu’. It was right after Cruise had a baby, and the other one said: ‘The baby belongs to Xenu.’ Suri, Cruise’s daughter with Katie Holmes, had been born on April 18, less than three weeks before the premiere.

Content retrieved from: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-12292115/Scientologists-tried-restrict-airspace-stop-prank-2006-Mission-Impossible-premiere.html.

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