Report claims Church of Scientology held auditions for potential Tom Cruise girlfriends

By Camille Hansen,

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A recent report claims that the Church of Scientology conducted a secretive project in 2004 to find Tom Cruise a bride. The project consisted of actresses attending an audition for a training film, where they were asked questions about Cruise and then asked to sign non-disclosure agreements. The project was supposedly run by Shelly Miscavige, the wife of Scientology chief David Miscavige.

A Scientology representative stated "The allegations about the Church supposedly 'auditioning' prospective brides for Tom Cruise is a false piece of gossip that has been floating around the tabloids for several years sourced to a group of anti-Scientologists."

Nazanin Boniadi, an Iranian born actress was selected out of the audition process to be Cruise’s girlfriend. She was asked to sign multiple confidentiality agreements and was told if she broke them she would be an enemy of Scientology and will be punished. Boniadi reported to a friend that Cruise and her dated for several months, but that it didn’t work out.

Boniadi reportedly broke her confidentiality agreement, when she broke down and told a friend every detail of her relationship. She then reported that she was punished by being forced to do manual work, such as cleaning toilets with a toothbrush and cleaning tiles with acid.

The Church of Scientology refutes any claims in the issue of Vanity Fair that such a project took place and Cruise refuses to be interviewed on these charges.

ABC News consultant Howard Bragman said that, "People who are skeptical of Tom Cruise and his Scientology connection are going to go say, 'See I told you so.' People who love Tom Cruise and don't care about scientology are just going to let it go over their heads and just ignore it. But the bottom line is, I don't think it's going to make a difference to his career."

Boniadi is no longer a part of Scientology and is now a spokesman for Amnesty International.

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