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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. Wow, Andrew. That was really hurtful.

    Posted by: WTF Andrew | Sep 2, 2012 11:24:50 PM

  2. @WTF Andrew: do you agree with my comments? Or not?

    Posted by: andrew | Sep 2, 2012 11:46:25 PM

  3. Word has it that Jennifer Garner was on this shortlist - she'd just broken up with Scott Foley not long before the Cruise/Kidman break up. Cruise's people reached out but were politely rebuffed and he eventually settled on Katiebot. Amazing.

    Posted by: John | Sep 3, 2012 2:09:42 AM

  4. Wow...the scientology paid trolls don't waste any time. Comment #4, 30 minutes after publication!
    Scientology is non-Abrahamic but it's still related to Mormonism. They are the first and last (hopefully) "science fiction" or "cosmological" religions. Those that are informed by the possibility of life somewhere other than Earth.

    Posted by: EchtKultig | Sep 3, 2012 5:39:41 AM

  5. @Echtkultig: Don't underestimate the quickness with which Scientologists rise up to defend their religion and keep it secret. Quite some years ago - I think the 1970s - there was a lawsuit which made the full set of Scientology teachings public for a few hours. While some non-Scientologists were able to view the documents, Scientologists quickly clogged the schedule so that very little was made public.

    I despise any organization which charges obscene amounts of money to learn what it really teaches.

    Posted by: Diogenes Artktos | Sep 3, 2012 8:48:21 AM

  6. Insanity.

    Posted by: Miguel | Sep 3, 2012 11:50:08 AM

  7. The problem the Scientology vis-a-vis mainstream religions is the secrecy and paranoia in combination. The Catholic Church might have ridiculous beliefs (shared with others), but isn't secret about them, and might be paranoid, but it requires the unholy trinity of silly beliefs, secrecy and paranoia to become a true cult. However, the damage done to individuals and nations through mainstream religions is probably quite a bit greater overall than done by small cults like Scientology, but only because of the scale differences. Cruise is one of the stars of the movement and helps attract new members, so they must pay special attention to his needs. Any problems he might have might also reflect badly on the church and so need fixing right away. This is almost being run like a business. Hollywood agents do the exact same thing, it comes to mind.

    Posted by: anon | Sep 3, 2012 12:30:30 PM

  8. Around the same time (or right before) Tom Cruise jumped on Oprah's couch over Katie Holmes, Scarlett Johansson spilled the beans about how she was invited to meet Cruise for what was supposed to be an audition. IIRC it was at his home, not an office. Either way, she drove herself there and met with Cruise but it instead of it seeming like any audition she'd ever been to it felt more like a date, which she was NOT interested in. She left ASAP. When she got to her car, which she had locked, she discovered that Cruise's minions had broken into her car and "detailed" it for her, cleaning it inside and out, which seriously creeped her out.

    FWIW, yes it can be argued that ALL religions are "cults," but there is a difference between a religion that has been practiced for thousands of years and has been a major force in world history and a religion started in the 1950s by a science-fiction author. Or for that matter a religion started in the 1850s by a convicted con-man who wanted to "marry" multiple young women.

    It's worth noting that both Scientology and Mormonism REQUIRE you to pay them money in order to practice the "religion," whereas traditional religions certainly WANT you to give them money but they don't forbid you to take part in services if you don't.

    Scientology has a pay-as-you-go scheme, where you advancing a level in the "faith" costs a certain amount OR you can sign up for virtual slavery in groups like SeaOrg.

    The Mormon Church has mandatory tithing. You can get a waiver but it's for 1 year at a time and each year you meet with a church official to go over your finances and they tell you what you "owe." Now, if you don't pay your tithe you can still go to temple, but there are rites and rituals you cannot attend if you don't tithe and you will face criticism. A recent article estimated that the LDS church takes in at *least* 7 BILLION dollars a year.

    Both also encourage shunning of those who leave the religion.

    I'd imagine that if there is an afterlife (which I don't believe in) L Ron Hubbard and Joseph Smith are still arguing over who came up with the better scam.

    Posted by: Caliban | Sep 3, 2012 12:46:15 PM

  9. @Caliban - There is a theory the reason why Mitt Romney will not release his taxes is that it may show he cheated the church. ::Making a "Church Lady" face:: Isn't that special.

    Posted by: AngelaChanning | Sep 3, 2012 1:21:42 PM

  10. @Anon: I totally agree with your comment.

    Posted by: andrew | Sep 3, 2012 5:12:49 PM

  11. Andrew, why so mad at Catholic church- it employs lots of queers, gives them free house, car, travel, and altar boys. There is a far more intolerant sect which beheads homosexuals based simply on hearsay, and that sect is never criticized???

    Posted by: Mick | Sep 3, 2012 9:34:57 PM

  12. @mick: The answer is that having been raised in an Irish Catholic family ( none of which, including my mom, still practices the religion) I know it better than the other b*ll s*it religions. In the USA Protestant fundamentalism is a greater threat to human advancement than Catholicism. On the world stage there is no greater threat to human advancement than Islam. If I were given the opportunity to abolish a religion it would be: Islam, Protestant fundamentalism and Catholicism in that order.

    Posted by: andrew | Sep 3, 2012 11:47:32 PM

  13. The bigger question is: Why is Little Kiwi so silent on Muslim atrocities?

    Posted by: andrew | Sep 4, 2012 1:55:24 AM

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