Church Of Scientology Blasts Claims It Auditioned Women For Cruise
By Mack Rawden 2012-09-04 15:05:11
The Church of Scientology has responded back aggressively and harshly to claims it auditioned women for Tom Cruise. Calling the entire story “hogwash”, a representative for the religious organization took aim at not only Vanity Fair’s expose but also the credibility of actress Nazanin Boniadi and director Paul Haggis who both confirmed the veracity of the account.
The Vanity Fair story first went live on Saturday, and it accused church leaders of embarking on a secret mission to find Cruise a girlfriend within the organization. Potential candidates were supposedly taped answering questions including one about the actor, and out of all the choices, Boniadi was allegedly chosen. Confidentiality agreements were supposedly signed, she was flown to New York and within weeks, was living with the actor. After the relationship failed, Boniadi was allegedly punished for telling someone what happened and made to scrub toilets.
Of course, the Church has an entirely different take on what happened. Here’s a portion of what one of its representatives told US Weekly…
”The entire story is hogwash. 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 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."
The question, of course, is why would anyone make up completely false claims. Well, the Church has a theory about that too. Boniadi and Haggis have both been open about their anger toward Scientology in the past. Since anti-Scientology stories pay big money, there could be a monetary motivation.
” Both Paul Haggis and Nazanin Boniadi are members of a small self-proclaimed 'posse' of anti-Scientology apostates founded by self-admitted liars and suborners of perjury. This posse has been selling stories to the highest bidder for years.”
This whole thing will likely continue on as a he-said-she-said mess for the foreseeable future without any definitive proof given from either side. Consequently, you can examine the evidence and decide for yourself.