Tom Cruise thinks Dr. Drew Pinsky is a Nazi
"A lot of people in the public eye who behave strangely have mental illness we can learn from, and much of it is based on childhood trauma, without a doubt," he says in next month's issue. "Take a guy like Tom Cruise. Why would somebody be drawn into a cultish kind of environment like Scientology? To me, that's a function of a very deep emptiness and suggests serious neglect in childhood -- maybe some abuse, but mostly neglect."
Well, the Cruise camp is having none of it. Tom's lawyer Bert Fields fired back in the New York Post, comparing the doc to a Nazi:
"This unqualified television performer who is obviously just looking for notoriety is so grotesquely unprofessional as to pretend to diagnose Tom and others without ever meeting them. He seems to be spewing the absurdity that all Scientologists are mentally ill. The last time we heard garbage like this was from Joseph Goebbels."
That'd be a great argument, except that Pinsky really is a doctor, who really does doctor things, and Cruise has often talked about his abusive father and nomadic upbringing. The truth hurts, we guess. But then, Cruise knows all about psychology already, doesn't he?
And of course, being the nice guy he is, Dr. Drew caved.
"(Dr. Drew) apologizes if his comments were hurtful," a rep tells Us. "Although Mr. Field’s intent is clearly to slander and discredit Dr. Drew, under no circumstances is Dr. Drew making a blanket diagnosis about Scientology nor Mr. Cruise whom he does not know. Dr. Drew was simply using Mr. Cruise as an example of someone who is recognizable to help the public understand. Again, Dr. Drew meant him no harm."
Sigh. Denial's not just a river in Egypt, right?
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