HBO calls in 160 lawyers to look over Scientology documentary

HBO channel has called in more than 100 lawyers to look at its controversial documentary into Scientology before it goes to air.

The Church of Scientology cross.

The documentary is based on a book about Scientology written by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Lawrence Wright, according to CNN.

The Scientology Church is renowned for being highly litigious in matters concerning media attention, so the channel isn't taking any chances with their legal obligations.

"We have probably 160 lawyers" looking at the film, HBO Documentary Films President Sheila Nevins told The Hollywood Reporter.

Some of the findings in the book, Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief, include claims of abuse, which the church said were lies.

"The stories of alleged physical abuse are lies concocted by a small group of self-corroborating confessed liars. The hard evidence clearly shows that no such conduct ever occurred and that in fact there is evidence that shows it did NOT occur," the group's spokeswoman, Karin Pouw, told CNN's Miguel Marquez in 2013.

Famous Scientologists include John Travolta and Tom Cruise.

The documentary is being directed by Alex Gibney, who won an Oscar for 2007's "Taxi to the Dark Side."