03/28/2008 02:45 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

John Travolta Defends Fellow Scientologist Tom Cruise

John Travolta is coming to the aid of friend - and fellow Scientologist - Tom Cruise following last week's leaked video.

The much-discussed clip, still making the rounds on the Web, shows the Mission: Impossible megastar praising the Church of Scientology and saying that followers have "the ability to create new and better realities." (His rep says the footage was filmed for a private church event in 2004.)

Travolta, 53, claims the intense media scrutiny has gone too far. "[Tom] has - we all have - the right to practice how we feel," he told PEOPLE Saturday at Australia.com's G'Day L.A. gala celebrating Australia Week 2008. "It finally becomes unfair."

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