Tom Cruise's longtime lawyer Bert Fields has broken his silence about a shocking new Vanity Fair article which suggests Iranian actress Nazanin Boniadi was vetted by Church of Scientology officials as a potential partner for the movie star before he started dating Katie Holmes.
Fields insists investigative journalist Maureen Orth's expose about his client's ties to the Church is "long, boring and false".
Hours after a Scientology representative dismissed the story in an official statement, Fields tells 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'."
In her article, Orth claims Boniadi, who was a Scientologist at the time, was selected as a potential wife for Cruise in 2004, and forced to clean toilets with a toothbrush when she allegedly breached confidentiality agreements and told friends of his links to the Top Gun star.
The Scientology representative previously told WENN, "The allegation and entire premise of the Vanity Fair article is totally false... We have been denying this ridiculous tale now since it first appeared in print four years ago.
"No Church members were 'used,' nor were they punished, nor silenced. This is totally false."