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How Tom Cruise's Mates Are Found, Vetted, Controlled, And Punished


Vanity Fair is about to publish a feature that'll make Scientology seem even creepier than it does already. It's the story of how Tom Cruise went about acquiring his last two romantic interests, Katie Holmes and actress Nazanin Boniadi. The short version of that story is this: He didn't acquire them. Scientology acquired them.

If Vanity Fair's to be believed, finding a post-Nicole, post-Penelope love interest for Cruise involved a church-run search headed up by Shelly Miscavige, wife of David Miscavige, Scientology's baby-faced leader. From Vanity Fair:

According to several sources, the organization devised an elaborate auditioning process in which actresses who were already Scientology members were called in, told they were auditioning for a new training film, and then asked a series of curious questions including: “What do you think of Tom Cruise?”

Nazanin Boniadi, Scientology's first choice to mate with Tom Cruise, apparently thought he was pretty swell. So the church set about breaking her up with her boyfriend:

Nazanin Boniadi, an Iranian-born, London-raised actress and Scientologist, was selected and dated Cruise from November 2004 until January 2005. Initially she was told only that she had been selected for a very important mission. In a month-long preparation in October 2004, she was audited every day, a process in which she told a high-ranking Scientology official her innermost secrets and every detail of her sex life. Boniadi allegedly was told to lose her braces, her red highlights, and her boyfriend. According to a knowledgeable source, she was shown confidential auditing files of her boyfriend to expedite a breakup ... The source says Boniadi signed a confidentiality agreement and was told that if she “messed up” in any way she would be declared a Suppressive Person (a pariah and enemy of Scientology).

MiscavigeThings allegedly went well between Boniadi and Cruise, but only for a little while. When Boniadi displeased the actor, which she apparently did with increasing frequency during their few months together, he would report her to their church. The crime that ended her relationship with Cruise was allegedly this:

Boniadi also offended Scientology chief David Miscavige, who speaks rapidly, because she kept saying, “Excuse me?” when she was entertaining him and his wife during a visit to Telluride. In Scientology, the ability to have your communication “land” is crucial. Boniadi was excoriated by Cruise for disrespecting Miscavige.

Cruise eventually dumped Boniadi, though indirectly -- she found out he was leaving her, or that she was leaving him, when she was instructed by the church to move out of Cruise's home and into the Scientology Celebrity Center, in Los Angeles. Her punishment for failing Cruise:

... scrub toilets with a toothbrush, clean bathroom tiles with acid, and dig ditches in the middle of the night. After that she was sent out to sell Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard’s Dianetics on street corners.

The church denies everything. Boniadi and Cruise refused to comment. David Miscavige says the whole story's a ridiculous fabrication.

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  1. YIKES.

    Posted by: jjasonham | Sep 2, 2012 2:42:52 PM

  2. Very well done. ;-)

    Posted by: Beef and Fur | Sep 2, 2012 2:44:07 PM

  3. So it's like Grindr for beards.

    Posted by: Otkon | Sep 2, 2012 2:45:06 PM

  4. Every time I see attacks on Tom it makes me think that the stories about the CIA are true, that the CIA attack the church because it really works to help people get better and also that some evil people in the CIA use people like the gays and others to make attacks and the gays and others do not even know they are being used. Much like NOM uses blacks and Hispanics to attack gays but most don't really know NOM is using them to attack gays. Tom is an actor who has a religion people, get over it. Everybody knows the real enemy of the gays is the anti-gay Christians who spend millions to stop gay marriage, etc., so don't be fooled by evil people with other agendas who want you to put your attention on people like Tom and his religion so you will waste your time and efforts on something else when you need to deal with the real problems that gays have and that is anti-gay Christians who want to destroy LGBT people. Don't let the anti-gay people trick and fool you into wasting your time and money on the wrong target.

    Posted by: Tom | Sep 2, 2012 2:53:26 PM

  5. Homophobic activity sanctioned by institutions that enjoy tax free status as a religion should have transparency.

    Posted by: starquisha | Sep 2, 2012 3:06:29 PM

  6. "David Miscavige says the whole story's a ridiculous fabrication."

    And David Miscavige should know a ridiculous fabrication when he sees one. You know, like Scientology. Um...

    Posted by: Elsewhere | Sep 2, 2012 3:08:22 PM

  7. So, Tom who wrote the pro-psycho diatribe that is comment number 4, how would you like your clams? Fried or baked?

    Posted by: ep417 | Sep 2, 2012 3:12:28 PM

  8. Commenter number 4, so-called Tom. Long and crazy diatribe. My common sense says you're a scientology member and posted that comment in their behalf. How much they pay you my dear? BTW, even if your not one of them you sound VERY creepy.

    Posted by: Beto | Sep 2, 2012 3:30:40 PM

  9. What does this article and gay marriage have to do with each other? I think "Tom" needs to follow the narrative. The article in Vanity Fair is about Tom Cruise, Scientology and finding Cruise's next female mate.

    Gay marriage has nothing to do with that.

    Would anything in the Vaniety Fair article come as a surprise. Probably not. These stories have circled around Scientology for years and years and from so many sources that the truth is apparent. I feel sorry for this young actress. Note to any actress 21-40 in the Scientology cult...if they ask you about Cruise, let them know you think he's cute, a good actor but not for you. Maybe you'll get to skip the toilet scrubbing.

    Posted by: Bart | Sep 2, 2012 3:42:16 PM

  10. Scientology is such a dangerous, manipulative cult - it needs to be shut down. It's disgusting...

    Posted by: Tre | Sep 2, 2012 3:50:24 PM

  11. Hi Tom@ 2:53:26, how long have you been in Scientology and what OT Level are you?

    Posted by: osahai | Sep 2, 2012 3:56:48 PM

  12. Even if it's wrong, given what we know about Scientology it's very believable. That's scary too

    Posted by: Steve | Sep 2, 2012 4:17:05 PM

  13. If you allow someone to control you, who's at fault? The controller or the controlled?

    Posted by: datlaw | Sep 2, 2012 4:39:08 PM

  14. Super creepy.

    Posted by: daws | Sep 2, 2012 4:45:36 PM

  15. I would rather use eHarmony. It's much cheaper with far fewer rules.

    Posted by: Garst | Sep 2, 2012 5:12:12 PM

  16. "she was shown confidential auditing files of her boyfriend to expedite a breakup ..."

    So much for confidential files. Do tell, what was in those files? Go ahead, tell me, I have a few more minutes to waste and be distracted from the homosexual agenda.

    Was there any gay fantasy stuff? That would make it a legitimate use of my time.

    Posted by: i could go on, but I won't | Sep 2, 2012 5:26:07 PM

  17. What a nice picture.

    Posted by: John | Sep 2, 2012 6:16:05 PM

  18. @Bart. You high? No, there's no relation between the article and gay marriage but that does not stop this blog to post the news. Our life does not revolve not only about our issues but others. I appreciate Andy Towle vision's of his blog, a blog that i love to read everyday with topics that often are not "tipically" related to our gayness. So please stop for a sec and think about that.

    Posted by: Beto | Sep 2, 2012 6:45:35 PM

  19. @Beto. You high? get with the program, bart was commenting on "Tom" not on towleroad.

    Scientology is a freakin cult.

    Posted by: tigbit | Sep 2, 2012 7:39:59 PM

  20. We should remember that a current presidential candidate is part of a cult even stranger than should look it up.

    Posted by: smuggy | Sep 2, 2012 8:22:20 PM

  21. @tom, you sound like tom cruises gay lover

    Posted by: andres | Sep 2, 2012 9:04:51 PM

  22. What is interesting is why or how Marc Headley, a former Scientologist came to reveal this incident and why suddenly this story has become of interest given the public’s little knowledge of Nazanin Boniadi and the attempt by VF to point the finger at Cruise and his church of faith as to how somehow remind us how improbable and ridiculous the actor really is….?

    Posted by: scallywag | Sep 2, 2012 9:44:00 PM

  23. If Miscavige is calling it a "ridiculous fabrication," every last word of the Vanity Fair article must be true.

    Posted by: Rich F. | Sep 2, 2012 9:44:19 PM

  24. But how do they find his tricks? I'd like to volunteer.

    Posted by: Guest | Sep 2, 2012 10:27:07 PM

  25. Of course Scientology is rubbish. It is a silly cult. But while you are looking at the crazy s*it in religion, check out the Catholic Church which teaches that after a priest say "hoc est enim corpus meum" over a piece of bread, that bread becomes the "body and blood, soul and DIVINITY of Jesus Christ". Yep, that piece of bread becomes the creator of the billion gallaxy universe. It may be hard to believe but that is Catholic doctrine. Check out the Fundamentalists Protestants who teach that the bible is the inerrant word of god. Yea, the bible that tells us that diseases are caused by evil spirits and a list of b*ll s*it too long to list hear. The Abrahamic religions( Christianity, Judaism & Islam) are just as bat s*it crazy as any of the newer religions like Scientology and Mormonism. Religions and their artifacts belong in museums not in the hearts and minds of civilized 21st century people.

    Posted by: andrew | Sep 2, 2012 11:18:06 PM

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