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Cruise’s people slam Vanity Fair piece

Los Angeles - A lawyer for Tom Cruise has dismissed as “tired old lies” a magazine report claiming that the Church of Scientology had auditioned candidates to become a girlfriend for the star.

Vanity Fair quoted sources as saying the controversial church - of which Cruise is the most high-profile member - tested actresses as potential brides in 2004, after his divorce from Nicole Kidman.

(File image) Tom Cruise. Credit: Reuters

The report included details of a failed match with an Iranian-born actress, who was allegedly dismissed after failing to show enough public affection for the Hollywood A-lister and Mission: Impossible star.

But Cruise's lawyer Bert Fields dismissed the allegations. “Vanity Fair's story is essentially a rehash of tired old lies previously run in the supermarket tabloids, quoting the same bogus 'sources',” he said.

“It's long, boring and false,” he added, in a statement emailed to AFP.

The Church of Scientology also poured scorn on the magazine's sources.

“Vanity Fair relied exclusively on a small group of anti-Scientologists, a handful of self-promoting apostates who are admitted liars and suborners of perjury,” it said in a statement cited by NBC News online.

“Indeed, the article fails to quote a single source who is not a vociferous anti-Scientologist.” Church spokespeople did not respond immediately to requests for the statement, or other comment.

Actress Katie Holmes announced on June 28 that she was filing for divorce to end her five-year marriage to Cruise, who was reportedly taken completely by surprise by the bombshell. - Sapa-AFP

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