Tom Cruise lawyer denies the star ‘auditioned brides’


    By Mark Fordham

    A lawyer for Tom Cruise has denied claims that the Church of Scientology embarked on a long-term "auditioning" process to find the star a new partner following divorce from Nicole Kidman in 2001.

    Bert Fields called a Vanity Fair story "long, boring and false".

    He claimed it was "a rehash of tired old lies" run in the supermarket tabloids.

    The article claimed the top-secret project was led by Shelly Miscavige, who is the wife of Scientology leader David, in 2004.

    Cruise divorced from his third wife Katie Holmes in July this year.

    Special correspondent from Vanity Fairy Maureen Orth claimed she was told by "several sources" that actresses were quizzed in order to find Cruise a suitable partner.

    Actress Nazanin Boniadi told the magazine she was approached in 2004 and "audited" before being accepted and selected to date Cruise.

    The Church of Scientology said in a statement: "There was no project, secret or otherwise, ever conducted by the church to find a bride (via audition or otherwise) for any member of the church. Never."