It’s been a while since we’ve heard any news damning the world of Scientology. But now, a new article focusing on the controversial religion’s attempts to get one of its most powerful a wife could be what finally brings it back into the limelight…and not in a good way.
In the October issue of Vanity Fair, special correspondent Maureen Orth tells the story of how Scientology as a whole embarked on a top-secret project to find a girlfriend and mate for Tom Cruise.
The mission, which took place back in 2004, was headed by Shelly Miscavige, wife of Scientology chief David Miscavige. According to several sources, the organization devised an elaborate auditioning process for actresses who were already Scientology members, which finally resulted in a set up between Cruise and actress Nazanin Boniadi (whom he dated from November 2004 until January 2005.)
The article details Boniadi’s exhausting auditing process, which took place every day, and forced her to divulge her innermost secrets to high-ranking Scientology officials. Boniadi was made to sign a confidentiality agreement, get rid of her boyfriend (very quickly…), and was told that if she “messed up” in any possible way, she would be declared a Suppressive Person and enemy of Scientology as a whole.
And the mess ups did come. By the second month, anything Boniadi did or said was under scrutiny. When Bonaidi told Cruise, “Very well done,” regarding his receiving Scientology’s Freedom Medal of Valor, it was implying that he was her junior. When she asked the rapidly speaking Scientology chief, David Miscavige, “Excuse me?”, it was offensive and disrespectful. Soon, Boniadi cracked and told a friend about the horrid relationship, leading to a punishment that included scrubbing toilets with a toothbrush, cleaning bathroom tiles with acid, and digging ditches in the middle of the night.
Check out the rest of the article, which is a must read, right here. No word has been released yet from Tom Cruise’s camp, but it will be very interesting to see what he has as a response to such harsh accusations.