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Tom Cruise’s Lawyer Denies Bride Audition
The story previewed on Vanity Fair’s website is either a confirmation of everything you’ve ever heard about Hollywood, Scientology and Tom Cruise, or, as Cruise’s attorney Bert Fields puts it, it’s “a rehash of tired old lies” from the tabs.
The upcoming October issue of Vanity Fair reports that between Tom’s divorce from Nicole Kidman and the sofa-jumping and castle wedding for Katie Holmes, the Church of Scientology essentially attempted to put together an arranged marriage by auditioning available Scientologist actresses for the role of Mrs. Cruise.
The main source for the story is an Iranian-born actress, Nazanin Boniadi, who was approached, vetted and selected to be the new girlfriend. Despite careful screening and oversight, Boniadi was informed in 2005 that her services were no longer required.
While the church categorically denies pretty much every word of the story, Vanity Fair stands behind its longtime contributor Maureen Orth, who has interviewed heads of state and investigated sex abuse claims against Michael Jackson.
Whatever the truth may be, it’s worth remembering that however artificial online dating or being set up by a friend may feel, it’s not the creepiest way to meet someone.