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Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Tomfoolery.

British author Andrew Morton, best known for his 1992 biography of Princess Diana, is about to release a biography on Tom Cruise. It should come as no surprise that the book is full of all sorts of strange and bizarre stuff, such as the claim that Cruise is number 2 in the Church of Scientology hierarchy, and that poor Suri Cruise is actually the product of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard's frozen sperm. Cruise's lawyer Ben Fields told the British newspaper the Daily Mail, which published details from the book over the weekend, that "It's a pack of lies." Scientology general counsel Elliot Abelson has threatened legal action and asked US publisher St. Martin's Press not to release the book, but they have refused. But the irony is that many people are likely to assume that the details in the book are just the tip of the iceberg, and that Cruise's life contains much weirder and lurid things yet to be revealed.

Good luck to St. Martin's and Morton. Scientology is well known for the lengths it will go to against people who it considers a threat. But at least they're adults who can defend themselves. It's Suri Cruise who is stuck in this mess with no way of getting out and who deserves better.

2 comments:

Brent McKee said...

Given the British libel laws, Morton had better be able to provide iron-clad proof that what he says is absolutely true in every respect.

Tim said...

Apparently the book isn't being published in the UK as a result of British libel laws.