Posted by Adam
Monday September 3, 2012
TOM Cruise‘s dirty linen is getting another airing.
Vanity Fair magazine — who famously published the first photos of Suri Cruise, Tom’s daughter with now-ex-wife Katie Holmes – has run an astonishing expose that claims Scientology recruited different women for Cruise before he met the Dawson’s Creek star.
Shelly Miscavige, the wife of Scientology leader David Miscavige, headed up the task of finding Tom an appropriate mate. Candidates were told they were auditioning for a new training film and were asked a series of questions including “What do you think of Tom Cruise?”
Iranian-born actress and longtime Scientology follower Nazanin Boniadi (pictured below) was the winner in the girlfriend derby, writes Orth, and went on to date Cruise from November, 2004 to January, 2005.
Boniadi had to sign multiple confidentiality agreements and ended up falling head over heels for Cruise. But in short order, he decided she wasn’t up to the task, sources told Orth, and complained to her, “I get more love from an extra than I get from you.”
Boniadi was then subjected to daily sessions — two to three hours each — of purging herself of “negative thoughts about Tom,” reports Orth. “She felt completely shut off; her only source of money was a credit card issued in the name of Cruise’s production company.”
Eventually Boniadi was sent off to a Scientology center in Florida, and the process began again.
In April, 2005, Tom debuted Katie Holmes as his new girlfriend.
Speaking to Showbiz 411, Paul Haggis, the acclaimed writer/producer/director who left Scientology in 2010 after decades in the controversial organization, has come forward with a strong confirmation of the Vanity Fair story.
“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 [Boniadi] and then so effectively silenced her when it was done. It wasn’t just the threats; they actually made her feel ashamed, when all she had been was human and trusting,” Haggis said.
“I’ve met quite a number of people who have been treated shamefully but are afraid to speak out…Most of the others are just ordinary people…They live in fear of retribution, legal, financial or personal…They fear an incredibly wealthy organization that boasts that it seeks truth, empowers people, brings families together, encourages independent thought and free speech, and champions human rights. I would like to say that i don’t know how its members, many of them good and intelligent people, can remain so purposely blind when they are faced with evidence like this every day, but then I am no one to talk. I was happily blind for many years, so I know the shame that Naz feels.”
Haggis said that Boniadi tried to repair her relationship with Scientology so that she could remain a member, and only resigned two years ago.
Meanwhile, Cruise has denied the claims.
“Lies in a different font are still lies — designed to sell magazines,” his rep said, in a dig at Vanity Fair.
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