John Travolta? He's Cheap, And He's Giving Charity Money to Scientology

Forbes/May 9, 2012

John Travolta has a lot of problems right now. They're splashed everywhere, and they involved two masseurs suing him for sexual harassment. Those are not Travolta's only problems. After his son, Jett, died in 2009, Travolta set up the Jett Travolta Foundation. Jett was autistic, but for years Travolta and wife Kelly Preston denied it since Scientology doesn't treat mental diseases. They insisted he had something called Kawasaki Syndrome. But in the police report in the Bahamas when Jett died, Travolta stated that Jett was autistic.

Now we're two years into the Jett Travolta Foundation, and the former "Saturday Night Fever" star turns out to be pretty cheap. Considering he has his own planes, and has been cited as extremely wealthy, he hasn't exactly jumped into the charity world with great enthusiasm. In 2010, according to Federal Tax Records, he gave away just $27,850. Most of it was to local groups in Florida where the Travolta lives. But in 2010 about 10% of it went to the local Scientology Detox outfit in Ocala. He gave $2,500 to the Heroes Health Fund, which is the same thing as the much-derided sauna detox program Scientology claims purges its victims. In New York, firefighters said they saw "purple stuff" come out of them. Actual doctors were infuriated.

In 2011, according to the group's website, Travolta added more Scientology organizations: Narconon, the Heroes Health Fund, and the International Society of Detox Specialists–all Scientology groups, as well as something called the Institute for Achievement of Human Potential.

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