Scientology: Wife Audition ‘Hogwash’

    Pedestrians walk past the Church of Scientology along Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, California on July 9, 2012. US actor Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes have reached a "private" divorce settlement less than two weeks after she announced their bombshell split, as the Hollywood pair issued a joint statement pledging to act in the "best interests" of their six-year-old daughter Suri, and to respect each other's "beliefs" in her upbringing, in an apparent reference to Scientology.  Speculation over the cause of the split has focused on Holmes' reported concern that Cruise wanted their daughter to be immersed more deeply in the Church of Scientology, of which he is a prominent member. AFP PHOTO/Frederic J. BROWN        (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/GettyImages)

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    The Church of Scientology, which reentered the spotlight this year amidst the virtually epochal divorce of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes (some say), has refuted claims made in a new Vanity Fair story that the enigmatic religion carried out an elaborate wife-screening process for top celeb devotee Cruise. “The entire story is hogwash,” a Scientology rep told Us Weekly. “There was no project, secret or otherwise, ever conducted by the church to find a bride (audition or otherwise) for any member of the church.” The magazine story alleges that the church launched an extensive search to find a mate for Cruise after his divorce from Nicole Kidman.

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