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Feds Probe Church of Scientology Over Work for Tom Cruise, Report Says

Tom Crusie and Katie Holmes. (Reuters)

Tom Crusie and Katie Holmes. (Reuters)

The FBI is investigating whether the Church of Scientology engages in human trafficking and uses unpaid labor -- including allegations that Tom Cruise had work done on his motorcycles and property by church members who were paid little if anything for their efforts, a new report reveals.

The shocking 26-page exposé in The New Yorker focuses on "Crash" director and Oscar-winning writer Paul Haggis' decision to quit the church, a spacey blend of self-help and science fiction that critics say uses brainwashing and coercion to indoctrinate and impoverish vulnerable recruits.

"I was in a cult for 34 years. Everyone else could see it. I don't know why I couldn't," said Haggis, who cut ties after the church's San Diego chapter endorsed Proposition 8, which opposed same-sex marriages.

Haggis, whose writing credits include "Million Dollar Baby" and "Quantum of Solace," has two lesbian daughters.

According to the report, church leader David Miscavige, a close Cruise friend who was the best man at his wedding to Katie Holmes, ordered members to customize a building, two motorcycles and an SUV Cruise owned -- for little or no pay.

John Brosseau, a 30-year member who has left the church, said he met with Miscavige and Cruise in 2005 at a secretive church enclave in the Southern California desert.

Cruise, an outspoken apostle of Scientology, was admiring a motorcycle Brosseau had customized for Miscavige.

"Cruise asked me, 'God, could you paint my bike like that?' I looked at Miscavige, and Miscavige agreed," Brosseau told the magazine.

Go To NYPost.com for the full report.

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