A former high-level member of the Church of Scientology, Valerie Haney, alleges that auditions to find Tom Cruise a suitable GF “absolutely happened“, The Hollywood Reporter writes.
Haney was a member of Scientology’s highest ranking group, Sea Org, which includes only 5000 super dedicated people, who sign billion-year contracts.
She spoke to the anti-Scientology blog The Underground Bunker, after she appeared on the first ep of season three of Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath last week.
Haney described Cruise and Scientology leader David Miscavige as “worship[ping] each other“, before talking about Miscavige’s wife, Shelly, who has not appeared in public since 2007.
In 2013, King of Queens actress and former Scientologist, Leah Remini filed a missing person report on Shelly with the LAPD, who say they’ve since had “a face-to-face with” her.
Vanity Fair reported in 2012 that Shelly was in charge in 2004 of auditioning women to be Tom Cruise’s next GF, after the collapse of his marriage with Nicole Kidman, and subsequent relationship with Penélope Cruz.
Former members of the Church alleged Scientologist actresses were told they were auditioning for a training film, but were instead asked Qs like ‘What do you think of Tom Cruise’?
Earlier this year it was rumoured that Scarlett Johansson was one of the women who auditioned to be Cruise’s girlfriend – a claim she fervently denied.
In 2013, Lawrence Wright repeated the claims from the Vanity Fair story in his book Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood and the Prison Belief – which was adapted into a film by Alex Gibney in 2015 – naming Johansson, Jessica Alba, Lindsay Lohan and Kate Bosworth as candidates. They apparently believed they were auditioning for a part in Mission: Impossible.
Haney reckons Shelly thought the auditions were “ridiculous“: “She was just doing what Dave asked her to do. But it absolutely happened.”
The defector also alleges that Scientology held a big ol’ 42nd birthday for Cruise on their ship Freewinds, on the same weekend they usually celebrated the ship’s maiden voyage under Scientology ownership in 1988.
“The Sea Org paid for all of that. They flew in chefs from Nobu. They flew chefs in from Tom’s favourite Paris restaurant. They ordered in lobsters. It was so extravagant.”
Shelly apparently admitted to Haney that she was perturbed by the Cruise-Miscavige “bromance“, asking “Is it just me” who thinks it’s odd?
And there her husband “denigrated” her in front of other high-ranking Scientologists.
On Sunday, the Church responded to Haney’s allegations: “Valerie Haney is outright lying and making up stories, as part of her employment for Leah Remini.”