January: Tom Cruise's leaked Scientology tape hits the Web.
January: Tom Cruise's leaked Scientology tape hits the Web. The slickly produced 10-minute tape showed Cruise making a wide variety of overblown-sounding statements about his religion. "Being a Scientologist, when you drive past an accident, it's not like anyone else, it's, you drive past, you know you have to do something about it. You know you are the only one who can really help." The church quickly went on a campaign to eradicate the videos from YouTube, but succeeded only in outraging many online denizens.