Earlier this week, the media took Vanity Fair’s October issue on Scientology and the women auditioned to be Tom Cruise’s girlfriends viral. Trying to put an end to new controversy ahead the start, the Church of Scientology promptly denied auditioning women for Tom Cruise.
Vanity Fair special correspondent Maureen Orth published in the magazine’s October issue an article claiming Katie Holmes wasn’t Scientology’s first choice to be Tom Cruise’s wife. In fact, many other women were auditioned, including British-Iranian actress Nazanin Boniadi, who dated Tom Cruise for three months, before being shunned from the church and his bedroom.
The report claiming the Church of Scientology organized auditions for Tom Cruise’s girlfriends, tricking women into believing it was all part of the casting for a church training, film adds to the suspicions around the controversial religion.
A representative for the Church of Scientology denied auditioning women and added there was never any secret project involving finding women for Tom Cruise or any other member for that matter.
“This entire story is hogwash” said the representative for the Church of Scientology in a statement for US Weekly. “There was no project, secret or otherwise, ever conducted by the Church to find a bride (audition or otherwise) for any member of the church” the Church’s statement reads.
Moreover, the Church says Maureen Orth’s article is false. “The allegation and entire premise of the Vanity Fair article is totally false…We have been denying this ridiculous tale now since it first appeared in print four years ago” Scientologists added.
The Church also reacted against Paul Haggis, who collaborated for the Vanity Fair issue. Scientologist called their former member “a status obsessed apostate who exploited a tenuous connection with Scientology to grab headlines via a publicity stunt”.
Paul Haggis is a former Scientologist who took Nazanin Boniadi’s side saying she “was embarrassed by her unwitting involvement in the accident and never wanted it to come out”.
Paul Haggis kept mum about Nazanin Boniadi being auditioned to be Tom Cruise’s wife until he couldn’t stand the Church’s way of punishing his friend. “I was deeply disturbed by how the highest ranking members of a church could so easily justify using one of their members; how they so callously punished her and then so effectively silenced her when it was done” Paul Haggis told Vanity Fair earlier this month.