Fox News' Roger Friedman has made an annual holiday tradition of probing Will Smith's tax returns. And Smith traditionally insists he's not a Scientologist, despite showering the cult with money. Especially this year.
Smith is buddy buddy with Tom Cruise, who judging from press accounts can be a persistent, very public, probably annoying "friend." Smith put Cruise's son in his movie earlier this year, he "surprised" him at Smith's Hollywood Walk of Fame "star" installation, and went to the premiere of Smith's "I Am Legend."
Last year, Friedman reported a $20,000 donation by Smith to Scientology's home-schooling system, Hollywood Education and Literacy Program.
The numbers reported this year are much larger: $122,500 from Smith to the Church of Scientology, across these donations:
- $68,000 for New York Rescue Workers Detoxification Fund, for 9/11 responders. Wonder what sort of "toxins" this targets — and whether it's science or Scientology that cures them.
- $50,000 for the Celebrity Center in Hollywood. That one doesn't even have a cover story, it's just a straight Scientology HQ.
- $5,000 to something called "ABLE."
At this spending rate, Smith might as well me a member.
Either Smith is a secret Scientologist, or he doesn't know how to say "no" to his clingy, still-insane buddy Tom Cruise. And the latter is hardly better than the former, because it means the former will someday come true. Unless the awesome Jason Beghe can somehow do some cock blocking. So to speak!