On Wednesday’s Today Show, Megyn Kelly interviewed a former Scientologist and Sea Org employee who claimed to have some inside information on Tom Cruise. The information isn’t really new though: the most noteworthy piece of gossip Brendan Tighe shared was that Cruise and David Miscavige held “auditions” for Cruise’s next girlfriend, circa 2004-05. That’s not a new story: there were rumors about Cruise’s “girlfriend auditions” for years, literally, and then in 2012, Vanity Fair did a lengthy story about how at least one actress, Nazanin Boniadi, was groomed by David Miscavige to be Cruise’s new partner, only it didn’t work out. Brendan Tighe claims that he saw the list of women who auditioned, and that Scarlett Johansson was on the list. Now ScarJo wants you to know that this is false.
Scarlett Johansson is fighting back against a claim that she auditioned to date Tom Cruise following his split from Nicole Kidman.
“The very idea of any person auditioning to be in a relationship is so demeaning. I refuse for anyone to spread the idea that I lack the integrity to choose my own relationships. Only a man aka Brendan Tighe would come up with a crazy story like that,” Johansson said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter.
While appearing on NBC’s Megyn Kelly Today on Wednesday, Tighe said that while serving as a member of Cruise’s Scientology security unit, he came across reports of women who auditioned to be in a relationship with the actor, one of which was Johansson. Though Tighe explained that he only saw the reports after they were accidentally sent to his printer, he said he only recalled Johansson because hers was the only name he recognized.
“Another actress, Erika Christensen, had to disconnect from Scarlett Johansson because it didn’t go well. That was in that report,” Tighe said.
Apart from Johansson, the Church of Scientology also denied Tighe’s claims regarding his role with Cruise. Karin Pouw, from the Church of Scientology International, told Kelly, “Brendan Tighe was a Church of Scientology Flag Service Organization security guard/night watchman from 2002 to 2009. The ‘access’ he boasts of having was largely limited to viewing security cameras from a guard booth. He was removed from that position for dereliction of duty.”
Here’s the thing: I never assumed that Scarlett *knowingly* auditioned to be Tom Cruise’s girlfriend. It would have been very easy for Tom and his (Scientology) people to host “auditions” for a future project, and do a “casting call” with all of the young actresses around. I’ve heard the Scarlett rumor before, but I never believed that she knowingly went into a room thinking that she was truly auditioning to be Cruise’s girlfriend. She went into the room, allegedly, because she thought it was about a movie. That’s how they got Katie Holmes too, I’ve always believed that, that Holmes met Cruise on what she thought was a legit audition for a role, and then suddenly they were together.
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