Tommy Davis (Scientology)

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Tommy Davis
Tommy Davis.jpg
Davis in 2009
Born Thomas W. Davis
(1972-08-18) August 18, 1972 (age 41)[1][2]
Residence Scientology campus in Gilman Hot Springs, California[3]
Nationality American
Occupation Head of Celebrity Centre International, Los Angeles, California[4][5][6][7]
Known for Spokesman for Church of Scientology[8]
Spouse(s) Jessica Feshbach (c. 2007–present)[9]
Parents Anne Archer[10] and William Davis[1]

Thomas W. "Tommy" Davis (born August 18, 1972) was the head of the Church of Scientology's Celebrity Centre International in Los Angeles, California until midway through 2011.[4][5] Between 2011 and 2013, Davis was neither seen nor heard in the media, and his whereabouts were unknown.[11] In June 2013, it was revealed that Davis and his wife had relocated to Austin, Texas, where Davis is currently working as a managing director at a branch of Colony Capital.[12]

Work for Church of Scientology[edit]

Celebrity Centre[edit]

Davis previously worked for the Sea Org as a non-uniformed member.[2] According to a Church of Scientology press release, in 2001 Davis was the Celebrity Centre's Vice President.[13] He was the head of the Church of Scientology's Celebrity Centre International in Los Angeles, California until midway through 2011.[4][5][6][7]

On June 13, 2003, Davis went with actor and Scientologist Tom Cruise and Kurt Weiland, director of external affairs for Scientology's Office of Special Affairs and Scientology vice president of communications,[5][7] to meet with then-United States Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage.[5][6][7] In the half-hour long private meeting, they raised concerns with Armitage about the treatment of Scientologists in Germany and other countries.[5][6]

Davis was a senior-level Scientologist,[5][14] spokesman for the Church of Scientology,[8] and a member of the Church of Scientology's Sea Organization or "Sea Org".[2][15] He was previously a member of the International Association of Scientologists,[16] and was listed as a Patron of the organization in 2006 in their publication Impact Magazine.[17]

Representative to the media[edit]

Davis accompanied Rolling Stone writer Janet Reitman along with former head of Scientology's Office of Special Affairs Mike Rinder on a tour of the Gold Base in Hemet, California in 2005.[2] In 2007, Davis gained international attention from events surrounding the making of a documentary about Scientology entitled "Scientology and Me", screened as an installment of the BBC public affairs series Panorama.[18] The Panorama reporter, John Sweeney, reported that he met with Davis early on and could not reach agreement with him on whether individuals attacking Scientology should be interviewed for the film, and whether the program should refer to Scientology as a "cult".[14] As the BBC documentary was filmed, Scientologists made a parallel documentary, a camera crew shadowing Sweeney and chronicling his work.[18][19][20] Davis made allegations against Panorama and the BBC that they were "spying" on the church of Scientology and harassed the reporter, John Sweeney by stalking him to various meetings with critics but he never filed a report against Sweeney.

While Sweeney was visiting the Scientology exhibition "Psychiatry: An Industry of Death", Davis accused him of being biased and of having been too easy on one of his interviewees.[18][20] Sweeney lost his temper.[18][20] The Church of Scientology released the resulting footage, showing Sweeney beside himself with rage, on YouTube, and the counter-documentary attacking Sweeney's methods was posted to UK politicians and media organizations.[18][20] Panorama responded by posting its own YouTube clip, showing Davis losing his temper and abruptly ending an interview when Sweeney used the words "sinister cult".[18] The BBC subsequently stated it was happy that on the whole, Sweeney had performed his work in a fair and proper manner.[18][20]

In the same BBC documentary, Davis interrupted when celebrity members are asked about Xenu, saying: "None of us know what you're talking about. It's loony. It's weird." In a May 8, 2008 appearance on CNN, Davis was asked by CNN's John Roberts if "... the basic tenet of the Church of Scientology is to rid the body of space-alien parasites, to clear oneself"; Davis responded: "Well, John, does that sound silly to you? I mean it’s unrecognizable to me."[21] In response, Tony Ortega of The Village Voice stated "It’s also a grand tradition, among Scientology spokespeople, to act bewildered when they’re facing a camera and they’re asked about Xenu and space-alien thetans. Tommy Davis is just doing what other mouthpieces have said in the past."[22] In March 2009 Davis was interviewed by investigative journalist Nathan Baca for KESQ-TV and was again asked about the OT III materials containing the Xenu myth.[23] When read an excerpt from Hubbard's writing, Davis told Baca "I'm familiar with the material," and said that the issue at hand was "the confidential scriptures of the Church,"[23] and thus refused to elaborate on the issue.

After the death of Jett Travolta, son of celebrity Scientologist John Travolta, the Church came under fire from critical groups accusing it of being irresponsible; Jett had died of a seizure soon after being taken off of his medication.[24] Tommy Davis responded by denying that the Church keeps people from taking medications, and also denying that the Church claims to cure disease.[24] He stated in one interview, "The bottom line is that Scientologists seek conventional medical treatment for medical conditions."[24]

Davis was interviewed by journalist Martin Bashir for the ABC News program Nightline in a piece "Inside Scientology" which aired in October 2009.[25] Davis ripped off his microphone and stormed off the set of the interview after he was questioned about whether he believed that 75 million years ago a galactic ruler called Xenu brought individuals to Earth and killed them in volcanoes.[25] An hour before the segment aired he showed up at ABC headquarters, and demanded a security guard let him in.[26] Security called Nightline representatives, and they met with Davis who demanded the segment not be aired and he be allowed to speak with Bashir.[26] Davis was told Bashir couldn't meet with him, and the interview was already edited and would air.[26] The following week director Paul Haggis accused Davis of lying on CNN, when Davis said disconnection did not happen, but Haggis and his wife were "ordered" by Scientology to disconnect from family.[27] Haggis, in the same letter, announced he was leaving the organization.[27][28] Davis responded that Haggis's claims were based on misunderstandings.[29] In 2009, Larry Anderson, an actor, spoke with Davis about getting his money and leaving Scientology, which was reported in the St. Petersburg Times.[30][31]

In July 2010 the Church of Scientology International publicized a "Scientology Newsroom" website tailored for members of the media;[32] Davis was one of four international representatives for Scientology listed as spokespersons.[33] John Sweeney and Mike Rinder, a former Scientology relations officer stated in a BBC documentary, The Secrets of Scientology, that Tommy Davis authorised the following of Sweeney in order to provoke a reaction by mental engagement.[34] Davis was quoted to say "I can drive him 'psychotic'."[34]

Personal life[edit]

Davis is the son of real estate investor William Davis and film actress and Scientologist Anne Archer.[1][10] He has a half-brother, Jeffrey Tucker Jastrow.[1]

Davis was raised as a Christian Scientist, but after taking two courses at Celebrity Centre, he converted to Scientology at age of 17. In 1990, Davis was accepted at Columbia University. He attended college for a semester, but dropped out to join the Sea Org.[9]

Davis is a friend of actor and Scientologist Tom Cruise,[35] and a former friend of actor Jason Beghe, who left the church in 2007.[36] He is independently wealthy as his family obtained success in the real estate business, and told Rolling Stone: "I have enough money to never work a day in my life."[2] In 2009, Davis was a resident of Scientology's campus in Gilman Hot Springs, California, which also contains Scientology's organization Golden Era Productions.[3]

He is married to Jessica Feshbach, who was also fellow spokesperson for Church of Scientology, but also left that position in mid-2011.[9] Between 2011 and 2013, the whereabouts of both Davis and Feshbach were unknown. However, in June 2013, it was revealed online that the couple had moved to Austin, Texas, where Davis works as a managing director for the private equity firm Colony Capital; Feshbach, under the name "Jessica Davis", works as a realtor.[37]

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