|01-07-2008, 11:54 PM||#1|
Join Date: Apr 2001
Suri-ously Loony Claim
SURI-OUSLY LOONY CLAIM
January 7, 2008 -- Here's more about Andrew Morton's upcoming biography of Tom Cruise, excerpted yesterday in the Sunday New York Post.
An unauthorized biography of Tom Cruise includes the outrageous claim by a handful of the group's members that Suri Cruise is the spawn of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard.
The controversial tome - which could earn writer Andrew Morton a hefty lawsuit - also suggests that Tom Cruise is now second in command of the Church of Scientology.
"It's just the lowest of the low," Scientology's chief counsel, Elliot Abelson, told The Post last night.
Cruise lawyer Bert Fields told London's Daily Mail that the book is "poorly researched and badly written, and it's not really even about Tom Cruise - it's an attack on Scientology."
A small group of members of the Scientology sect Sea Org have outrageously theorized that Cruise's wife, Katie Holmes, was impregnated with frozen sperm from Hubbard, the group's founder, who died in 1986, according to the book.
Morton, the Princess Diana biographer who penned the Cruise bio, shockingly used the small group's claim to compare Holmes' situation to the horror flick "Rosemary's Baby," in which a woman is impregnated by Satan.
Fields said the idea that Hubbard is Suri's father is "sick and bizarre."
Abelson said, "When Morton was writing . . . did he have any concern for Suri or Katie?
"Just saying this is such a tragedy, especially for Katie."
A central theme of the hotly disputed book is how Cruise's life has been taken over by the church, in particular its leader, David Miscavige.
But the idea that he is No. 2 in the organization is far-fetched, Abelson said.
"That's like saying I'm Jewish, so I have the ability to control the Israeli army," Abelson said, adding that there is no No. 2 in the organization.
"The church is run by executives for the church, and he is not part of that and has never been a part of that."
Added Fields to the Mail: "I've represented him for over 20 years, and I've never discussed his business with David Miscavige."
The biography also claims that Scientology influenced Cruise's 2001 divorce from Nicole Kidman.
"If the church was part of a divorce, I would know, and I would be a part of it," Abelson said. "We're there to keep marriages together."
The church is mulling legal action.
"I know we could win the lawsuit," Fields said, noting a suit would be filed only after the book's release, which is slated for Jan. 15.
Morton spent two years researching his book.