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Paul Haggis Confirms Vanity Fair's Tom Cruise Claims

Paul Haggis Confirms Vanity Fair's Tom Cruise Claims

Oscar-winning filmmaker and former Scientologist Paul Haggis has spoken out to confirm reports made in Vanity Fair‘s latest issue that women were auditioned to become Tom Cruise‘s wife before he married Katie Holmes.

In the October 2012 issue of Vanity Fair, reporter Maureen Orth writes that the Church of Scientology sent Iranian born actress Nazanin Boniadi on a “mission” to New York, in which she secretly dated Tom and was frequently made to feel ashamed of her actions.

“I’ve known Nazanin for about three years. I met her through a mutual friend when I was doing my own personal research into the allegations against Scientology, before I wrote my letter of resignation. Naz was embarrassed by her unwitting involvement in this incident and never wanted it to come out, so I kept silent. However I was deeply disturbed by how the highest ranking members of a church could so easily justify using one of their members; how they so callously punished her and then so effectively silenced her when it was done. It wasn’t just the threats; they actually made her feel ashamed, when all she had been was human and trusting,” Paul wrote in an email to Showbiz 411.

Click inside to read the rest of Paul Haggis‘ letter…

“After I wrote my resignation letter, a dozen or more “friends” and officials of the church repeatedly descended on me to demand that I destroy the letter and resign quietly. I told them that wasn’t an option for me. I also told them that I had more sources of information about the troubling nature of the organization then I was at liberty to divulge. This was one.

I’ve met quite a number of people who have been treated shamefully but are afraid to speak out. This story will draw attention because of our fascination with celebrity. Most of the others are just ordinary people whose stories, if told, would not appear in a magazine. They live in fear of retribution, legal, financial or personal, even some famous ones. They fear an incredibly wealthy organization that boasts that it seeks truth, empowers people, brings families together, encourages independent thought and free speech, and champions human rights. I would like to say that i don’t know how its members, many of them good and intelligent people, can remain so purposely blind when they are faced with evidence like this every day, but then I am no one to talk. I was happily blind for many years, so I know the shame that Naz feels.

In Naz‘s case, she has no right to feel ashamed. She is not only a terrific actress at the beginning of a very promising career, she is a dedicated human rights activist and a truly lovely and caring person. The last thing she wanted or needed is this kind of publicity, but here it is, and I am sure she will deal with it with the same grace and dignity she exudes in her daily life. I’m appalled that any church would treat its parishioners this way, but Naz has never cast herself as a victim. She is strong and resilient and I am very proud to call her a friend.

And FYI, in case this wasn’t clear, Naz quietly and privately resigned from the church a couple of years ago after several years of trying to handle this injustice internally, to no avail.”

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  • ck

    Everyone’s crazy but me.

  • lily

    Scientology is creepy as h3ll

  • DB

    I do not understand why Scientology should be in any way messing with relationships like this.

    I don’t think ANY religion / faith should do that.

    It just sounds so weird.

    What’s the reason? What’s the purpose for doing that?

  • katie

    It’s not like we needed this to know how f@cked and ridiculous scientology is.

  • call me french

    If they really hold an audition to one become Tom’s wife I don’t see how Katie would’ve got the part, i mean, let’s be honest here, her acting skills are inexistent

  • pathetic

    tiny tom is little in more ways than can be counted

  • sweetness

    Even if this is true..How is he helping her if this lady Naz if she wanted this to be kept quiet? In trying to expose Cruise for what? What crime was committed here…WHY try to embarrass her for what happened 7 years ago. IMO this man Haggis is the pig because she wants to forget about it.

    No one knew about this lady’s situation before he opened his mouth. If she moved on why did he use her name in the interview and just kept her name out of it?

  • beemo63

    @jill: @jill: uh yea!

  • nan

    audition for beard

  • beemo63

    I truly believe these people are evil and using gullible lost people for their own means. Whatever is done in darkness will eventually come into the light, this is the nature of man. All their power and money cannot stop man’s natural instincts…they are going down…its just a matter of time.

  • Xiolablu

    If Tom is so proud of his religion and has nothing to be ashamed of, why the denial on his part? He needs to think about that.

  • Remember Penelope

    Oh the girl from How I met your mother and the Nespresso add with Clooney. Well if she was stupid enough to subject herself to that that’s her problem. Same goes for Katie. Would they have ever agreed to that kind of charade if the prize was not called Tom Cruise? simple answer: NEVER. So I have no sympathy for them whatsoever. Scientologists and their crazyness only affect those who’ll let them.

  • Rebecca

    That is so strange.

  • Lola

    So glad that someone finally speaks up against them.

  • rachel

    Tom Cruise = freak

  • Meh

    Scientology also like to rid people’s money.

  • Donna

    I remember Nazanin from General Hospital. Anyway, this is not a big revelation. The audition thing has been talked about for years. Katie Holmes was low on the list; Scarlett Johannson and Sofia Vegara turned him down, the latter laughed at his crazy. I remember a female athlete or musician that was being interviewed on Access Hollywood or something said that she was honored that Tom wanted to fly her out and meet her. A few months after Katie Holmes debuted. He needs a fellow cultist like Kelly Preston to hide the crazy.

  • Nymeria

    People fall in cults, trying to go out is hard. Manipulating, shaming, forcing, indoctinating, etc. impressionable women and other people is despicable.
    Most probably they thought it was some kind of “honor”, they should be grateful.
    What a horrible way to treat people and particulary women, using and discarding them. Read the VF article, I am waiting for the whole thing!

  • Pat

    Tom Cruise is in so deep, he can’t get out… In the pictures of him on a yacht, he looks so brainwashed, it’s not even funny…..Feel sorry for him.

  • miapocca

    Tom cruise is way effed up in that crazy cult..I ma not in holloywood and I know this and no amount of money or fame will make me want to date such psycho midget.

    SO you shoudl ask what the attraction for Bonaidi and Holmes was..they were also looking to use Tom Cruise to increase thier fame…only they found out how crazy he was…..Cruise never lied about his affiliation, both girls realized it was too high a price to pay

    Now how and where and by whom Suri was conceived will come out soon enough..

    Katie holmes is just as sick for going along with the stupid charade and bringing a child into ti

  • DB

    Didn’t he meet Nicole Kidman on a movie – Days of Thunder? Like a normal man and woman? Why would anybody not want that kind of spontaneous attraction instead of some sort of arranged relationship?

    This is so confusing. I just don’t get it.

  • Rita

    The wheels are starting to fall off the bus. You would NEVER have heard such revelations about Scientology just a few years ago. It seemed even the media was scared to investigate the cult. Not anymore.

  • miapocca

    by the way Katie has not come out against scientology…she is still holmes is schilling for that nonsense cult by keeping quiet and she also was part of a huge cover up, so there will be little empathy for her especially because she opened her legs in a while one week to be inseminated with that child….the brainwashing must be incredibly good if it took a a first meeting….see other women walked away..scarlett and Vegara without even considering this crap… was led by her need to become famous and there in lies her issue….other scieno go in to find something, meaning etc and are duped…she went in with the same manupulative intent as the scientologist…so save your tears for the real victims

  • trapper

    There are many religions and faiths that arrange marriages. I think it is really interesting that The COS is making so much news. It seems very organized and planned. Wonder what powerful people are tying to bring this whole thing down.

  • Ashley

    Geez. Just come out already Tom.

  • gore

    I think Tom is still in love with her. This is what I think: Nicole was the only woman Tom met and wanted to marry and had children with, without the supervision of Scientology and Miscavige. She was a free spirit, an indipendent woman (she still is), she was going to take Tom away from Scientology. Miscavige put a stop to this brainwashing Tom and made him think Nicole was a dangerous person, a suppressive person. I’m sure, since then, Tom has been told what to do, what to say, what to think, and with whom he should be in love. Read the full story: for Tom Nazanin wasn’t good because she had not her own powe “like Nicole”. It means something. The love he had for Nicole was real, he’ll never find that feeling anymore. Despite his public imagine and his action movie star fame, I think he’s a lonely soul who is looking for love and stability. I think he’s a nice dude, a kind man, a great dad, but with a huge ego which is fed by Scientology leaders who are using him for their benefit. They call him “the best” in everything he does or says, for the cult he’s a hero, a super man and he’s pleased by that. When a man is insecure what he needs most is being adored. Poor thing…Maybe one day he’ll wake up and see he let Nicole, Penelope, Katie run away for people who don’t care about him as a person.

  • DB

    @gore: I had thought that the Tom / Nichole breakup was because he believed she had cheated and possibly gotten pregnant by that affair.

    They seemed to be in love like crazy for most of the years of their marriage. They seemed to have passion and were supportive of each other. It’s sad that fell apart.

    Maybe that relationship will be the only “true” relationship he will ever experience. If so, that’s sad.

  • eve

    @call me french:

    They picked up Katie Holmes because after failing with actresses like Scarlett Johansen, Juliette Lewis (a fellow Scientologue), Jennifer Garner (she was not interested as she was already with Ben Affleck) and a few others, they found an article in which Holmes said she admired Tom Cruise so they went after her, and she was naive enough to go along with it.

  • Nymeria

    I do think he is lost already. Too much catering to his wills and wants. I hardly think he would be happy without all that “admiration”. He is a prince in that organization…
    I bet they make him think that he belongs, that he should be grateful to it, and that he would be nothing without them. His life revolves around this.

  • Verity

    So what! They tried to find him a wife. Who’s the bigger idiot, Tom Cruise, the Church, or this fool who agreed to be auditioned in the first place!!

  • krix

    agree, nicole is/was probably tom’s only one true love, which makes the trajectory of his personal life in recent months even more sad.
    the whole scientologist vs ex-scientologist will be the end of the church of scientology – JMO
    it looks like the ex ‘s are waging war – by any means necessary
    aiming for the top (DM)
    it’ll get more ugly from here
    wow, i just like his movies, didn’t care about his religion
    still wish him well

  • Scarlett

    I dont understand why someone would admit to this.

  • Paley

    I wonder what the whole story is abou Penelope Cruz; only thing I read is her father dissuaded her from joining. Certainly she to be in the running since she lasted such a long time.

  • http://com LOL

    @DB: Tom and Nicole’s marriage was on the rocks, there is a taped conversation floating around and published by an Australian mag.
    They were having a hell of a fight, with Tom screaming at Nicole, and she saying to him, he was always tired and presents could not make up for it.
    So he was short changing her in the bedroom, and buying presents to keep her happy, so that is one of the reason he felt she was cheating with Ewan Mc.
    His first wife said he thought he was a priest, maybe Katie look at the future and felt she needed a real man.

  • flavia

    I remenber reading that Scarlett Johannson even turned down a role in MI3 because Cruise wanted to arrange a marriage with her.

  • Go Ask Alice

    Say it again Rita.

    Rumor has been out and about that Kateie was selected and was very eager to pass and was meliable to fit Tom’s molding.

    Kate got what she had asked for.
    That is why I am not all this sorry for her.
    Too bad Suir, a child,has been and is still living like a freak. A circus surrounds daily as she is proped by her mother. and father.

    Women auditioning to be Toms, waht a mess. That is really embarrassing.

    Keith Urban did not audition for Nicole Kidman.

  • gore

    They made him belive Nicole cheated on him. The baby was Tom’s. DNA test proved it…And that’s true and sad at the same time their marriage was the only true thing he ever had. I remember their time together and they were cute: simple, genuine, true, passionated to each other…Something I didn’t see with that TomKat craziness. Katie did what Tom (or better say: his people) did to Nicole. I wonder if this makes him think about his life. I hope so…

  • kristin

    some day the church will come tumbling down on the back of david miscaviage and his relationship with tom cruise which is probably not sexual just worshipful on both sides.. this dating thing is obviously all about him…….

    and maureen orth is credible journalist….

  • gore

    So true…So true…

  • annie

    Naz wanted publicity, and now she has it. she was practically unknown prior to this vf article. i wonder how it came out and why PH is so quick to respond

  • gore

    Are you serious? Orth didn’t even speak to Naz…It was a report. If this disturbs you, oh well…

  • tSquared


    It was, I believe, over a year before Tom dumped Nicole after that fight. He also took out a full page ad in one of the papers saying something like the marriage was solid. Every couple fights and there was nothing scurrilous about this particular recording. Both Kidman and Ewan have denied there was an affair. Furthermore after her miscarriage she kept some of the DNA from the baby just in case Tom challenged her about who was the father. And had a DNA test done. This is somewhere in the official divorce papers on The Smoking Gun.
    Furthermore people within the cult that are in the know have said that Nicole was trying to influence Tom to distance himself from the cult. And there is no way that Miscavage would let his star marketing tool leave. So Nicole got the boot. And Tom and Miscavage made sure the kids began to view her as a suppressive. There are several legit sources for this–Haggis, Tom’s auditor and another high ranking Xenu member have all stated that the cult began to turn the kids against her and Tom did absolutely nothing to prevent it. Katie learned from Nicole’s mistakes. But you can bet the minute that Suri turns 18 the cult and Tom will pull out all stops trying to get her back into Xenu and all its whoo whoo.

  • Mred

    A 1980′s scientologist confirms a 2004 rumour?

  • annie

    oh please! you think there is no publicity behind this? like vf is known for esteemed articles? obviously scientology and tom are both crazy, but so are you if you believe that others arent benefiting from this story as well.

  • miapocca

    Kaite better pray her father lives a very long life..because she does not have the brain cells to deal with this cult

    Suri will be gone as soon as she hits the age where she can make her own choices, just as nicoles kids….without Katie around full time the child is vulnerable anytime she goes on a paternal visit

    This whole thing is a mess..the only approach is to not get involved with the cult the first place,, for whatever promises….

    Make a deal with the devil and you continue to pay ..all those Little side clauses and small print make it impossible to escape fully

  • miapocca


    It seems they were in love and happy ….but as that relationship strengthened , Tom pulled away from Scientology. They were also living abroad quite a bit and miscaviage’s hold was loosening.

    So Tom actually celebrated his 10th wedding anniversary with good intent..he seemed to have changed drastically overnight, slapping Nicole with that sudden divorce planned by miscaviage on some allegations that was sure to have really gotten to cruise enough to file for divorce that quickly. It seems scientology cooked up the divorce and Tom just went along with it because he felt betrayed by whatever evidence miscaviage showed him

    After the divorce , he became even more entrenched in Scientology ….handing every single aspect of his life to those who save hium from the “evil” woman.

    To lose Tom Cruise , means Scientology will lose a LOT of money and they are not willing to let go…and he is too deep to come and get deprogrammed.

    Cruise has always had a need to belong, and to have power, so he can control what happens to him and those around him..this maybe die to negative childhood experiences..he also has a black and white approach to things..from monastry to scientology!

    Ultimately this man will be killed by the cult or kill himself…and they -the cult–will take every penny he has leaving his children penniless…

    I sincerely hope, he has trust funds set up away from Scientology for those kids…because miscaviage will take everything!!

    A sad story in all….

  • Suit

    @sweetness: He didn’t expose it. Vanity Fair did. He commented that it is true to defend her because the Scientology spin is portraying her as a liar, crazy, etc.

  • http://com Susan

    @miapocca: Oh Katie schooled Tiny Tom, her brains are just fine, she is sitting in the cat bird seat.
    See that is the difference between Katie and Nicole, Katie wants her child, Nicole kids were minors when she gave up on them, she was the parent IF she wanted she would have fought for them. She was not poor, the best legal help was out there to be bought.
    All Katie have to do, is use Conner and Bella as examples to the court.

  • Wrong

    @DB: Nope. He saw Nicole Kidman in Dead Calm and picked her to co-star in Days of Thunder. There are no coincidences with Tom Cruise, everything is calculated.

  • CF98

    I doubt Katie went through this exact process I only say this because unlike this chick Katie had a crush on Tom Cruise to begin with so really Tom probably didn’t have to try so hard. If he thought she would use him and toss him aside or wasn’t easy to manipulate he wouldn’t have bothered to marry her.

    Of course my other theory is that Katie was a plant to bring down Scientology from within but then again it doesn’t explain where Suri came from unless she was an unexpected surprise.