Tom Cruise denies “bride auditions” by Church of Scientology

Lawyer dismisses a story claiming that Scientology leaders held "auditions" to find Cruise a partner

Tom Cruise‘s lawyer has denied claims that the Church of Scientology held “auditions” to find the actor a new partner before he began dating Katie Holmes.

In an article published by Vanity Fair, it is alleged that Shelly Miscavige, the wife of Scientology leader David Miscavige, led a secret project to pair up Cruise following his split from Penelope Cruz in 2004. The article claims that Iranian-born British actress Nazanin Boniadi made it through a month-long recruitment process, then began dating Cruise before their relationship soured.

However, Cruise’s lawyer Bert Fields has now spoken out against the article, saying:

Vanity Fair‘s story is essentially a rehash of tired old lies previously run in the supermarket tabloids, quoting the same bogus ‘sources’. It’s long, boring and false.

Boniadi is not quoted directly by Vanity Fair, but Oscar-winning screenwriter and former Scientologist Paul Haggis claims in the article to have heard her story first-hand. Another former Scientologist told the magazine that he watched several of Boniadi’s alleged audition tapes while working at the Church’s in-house film studio.

In the article, it is also claimed that Boniadi was “punished” after disclosing her relationship with Cruise to a third party. However, a spokesperson for the Church of Scientology denied this, telling Vanity Fair: “The Church does not punish people, especially in [that] manner.”

Cruise, 50, is currently single after his five-year marriage to Holmes ended in divorce in July (2012). He was previously married to Mimi Rogers, who introduced him to the Church of Scientology, from 1987 to 1990, and to Nicole Kidman from 1990 to 2001.