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Book: Scientology controls Tom Cruise's life

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Tbdtomcruiseb010808 A new tell-all by author Andrew Morton that says the Church of Scientology controls Tom Cruise’s life, directs his marriages and runs his career, may end up getting the publisher sued for $100 million, British newspaper the Independent says.

The paper says a lawsuit against New York-based St. Martin’s Press is likely after the Jan. 15 release of Tom Cruise: An Unauthorized Biography, which will not be published in the U.K. because of its assertions. The paper is vague over the book’s contents because of Britain’s celeb-friendly libel laws, but thankfully the New York Post has no qualms about discussing the tome’s contents, which it discussed in an exclusive.

Tbdtomcruise010808_2 Among the contentions are that the church in 1999 asked Cruise to take a course to identify “those in his life who create problems and difficulties,” leading directly to his divorce from Nicole Kidman, who was raised Catholic, in 2001. The book says her lack of faith in Scientology was found to be distracting to Cruise. Kidman then reportedly had a miscarriage just weeks after the breakup.

This is after Cruise was introduced to Scientology by Mimi Rogers, whom he married in 1987. “The most important recruit ever is in the process of being secured,” Scientology leader David Miscavige allegedly declared. “His arrival will change the face of Scientology forever.”

Furthermore, Biography goes on to say Cruise’s hook-up with Penelope Cruz was a Scientologist plot to make inroads into Spain’s media, and that the Vanilla Sky co-stars only broke it off after Cruz’s father Eduardo (an outspoken critic of Scientology) suffered a heart attack in 2003. In 2004, Cruise even fired his agent, Pat Kingsley, for saying Scientology was bad for the actor’s image, according to the book.

After that, Cruise’s relationship with Colombian model Sofia Vergara hit the skids when she “disappeared” after realizing she was being used “as a high-profile Scientology recruit who would be an alluring figurehead for a future recruitment drive in Latin America,” the book insists.

Enter Katie Holmes, who allegedly began a relationship with Tom in 2005 after he was turned away by Vergara (a round of phone calls to Jennifer Garner was shot down by the actress because she allegedly didn’t care for Tom’s voicemails asking “if she knew what freedom was,” the book says). The book asserts she was essentially brainwashed, taking on Scientologist Jessica Feshbach Rodriguez as a best friend, wearing new couture clothes and insisting “if she or any of her children were ever to suffer a mental or terminal illness, they must turn only to Scientology’s treatments,” Biography claims.

All these and other outrageous claims — such as Holmes being impregnated with L. Ron Hubbard’s frozen sperm to conceive daughter Suri and the church hiring the cleaning crew at the couple’s mansion —have led to vehement denials from the Cruise camp.

“It’s a pack of lies. The book suggests Scientology somehow runs his career,” Cruise lawyer Bert Fields told London’s Daily Mail. “I’ve represented him for over 20 years and I’ve never discussed his business with David Miscavige. It’s poorly researched and badly written, and it’s not really even about Tom Cruise, it’s an attack on Scientology.”

As for Morton, he says after two years researching the book, he’s not sticking around for the fallout.

“I’ve sold my flat, and I’m not telling anyone where I’m moving to,” he told the Daily Mail. “I intend to disappear for awhile.”

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[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:31am]

    

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