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While the Church of Scientology has maintained that this month’s Vanity Fair expose on the Church’s search for a girlfriend for Tom Cruise is completely untrue, the Church fired off an angry, eight-page letter targeted at the magazine.
The magazine’s report, written by Maureen Orth, cited anonymous sources that claimed that the Church auditioned girlfriends for Cruise after his marriage with Nicole Kidman ended and he split with Penelope Cruz. Nazanin Boniadi was set up with Cruise, but when the relationship didn’t work out and she angered leader David Miscavage, she was forced to do manual labor, according to the report.
The Church and Cruise’s lawyer, Bert Fields, have called it false since the beginning, but in a new letter, the Church goes after specific points made by Orth, notes The Hollywood Reporter.
“We are writing regarding your, your editor’s and reporter’s shoddy journalism, religious bigotry and potential legal liability arising out of Vanity Fair’s upcoming story about the Tom Cruise divorce,” the letter begins. “Significantly, while Maureen Orth was preparing her story, Vanity Fair ignored its staff and contributors who have firsthand knowledge of Mr. Cruise and of Mr. Miscavige and who would burden her story with the truth.”
The Church notes that Orth made no attempt to get an interview with Miscavage. “If she were serious, she would have done at least a molecule of research in seeing that Mr. Miscavige travels across the country and around the world almost non-top, unlike the anti-Scientologist apostate sources who form the basis of her already-written story and who are available on a moment’s notice at the press of 'send' on any anti-Scientology hate-site blog. Is it usual for you to take over the editorial direction of Vanity Fair articles or is that reserved for hatchet-jobs of minority religions and its members?”
It then goes on to list 32 questions that Vanity Fair should have answered and discredits Orth’s sources, who she stood behind on Today.
The church calls the magazine’s claims “defamatory” and “If Vanity Fair goes forward with publication of such defamatory allegations, now that it is on notice that the story is false, the stain on its reputation will last long after any reader even remembers the article. The sting of the jury verdict will last longer still; far longer than any pleasure from racing to publish a poorly researched and sourced story.”
The original story, titled “What Katie Didn’t Know,” is in the October issue of Vanity Fair.
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