A new story in Vanity Fair claiming Tom Cruise and the Church of Scientology held auditions for a mate after his divorce from Nicole Kidman has earned a furious rebuke from Bert Fields, Cruise's longtime lawyer.
In a statement provided to The Hollywood Reporter, Fields writes, "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.”
Among the shocking revelations in the story, written by Maureen Orth, it's claimed that Nazanin Boniadi -- an actress allegedly selected as a potential wife for Cruise in late 2004 -- was forced to clean toilets with a toothbrush and dig ditches in the middle of the night after being found insufficient.
Scientology officials have gone on record denying the claims as well, with a spokesperson telling Vanity Fair, "The Church does not punish people, especially in [that] manner.
Cruise's most recent marriage ended after his now ex-wife Katie Holmes filed for divorce on June 28 and the couple reached a settlement two weeks later.