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Scientology vs Vanity Fair

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Published on Sep 5, 2012

Vanity Fair's current cult cover story about the Church of Scientology's efforts to find Tom Cruise a wife continues to make waves. Maureen Orth, The article's author, spoke to Matt Lauer on TODAY this morning to discuss what she found.

"Cruise can't find the Scientology soul mate that he needs to be the No. 2 most important person in the religion, which is what he was called by the head of Scientology."

This led to the cult''s seeking out the perfect Scientologist to link with Cruise. Enter Nazanin Boniadi, who dated Cruise for for a while until their relationship went south,

When Cruise was married to Nicole Kidman, they "drifted away" from Scientology; then the cult turned up efforts to get them back by "auditing" Tom Cruise every day and collecting intel from spies working for them. wow.

"Every single thing that went on in that house between them was being reported back by their special assistants, who were a married couple in that house," said Orth.

The Church of Scientology denies the story in a statement: "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. ... Indeed, the article fails to quote a single source who is not a vociferous anti-Scientologist."

Tom Cruise's lawyer, Bert Fields, has responded by saying in the The Hollywood Reporter "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."

But Orth fired back saying "Scientology does not know everybody I talked to. ... All of my sources in my article with very few exceptions are on the record."

When Matt Lauer asked if they were all ex-members, she told him that not all had left the faith. "Some of them are still Scientologists. ... They have gripes against the current leadership of Scientology, but they are not against the religion necessarily."

Orth wouldn't confirm or deny that she had spoken with Boniadi, who she said was "traumatized by this whole experience," but she did say that she was unable to speak with Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman or Katie Holmes.

"There's very few people who were willing to talk," she said.

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