Recently, “Vanity Fair” ran an article claiming that the Church of Scientology was basically screening women to have a relationship with Tom Cruise. Their article detailed how Nazanin Boniadi was vetted by the church for her short time dating the actor.
She was said to have been audited on a daily basis and punished for speaking with a friend about the whole ordeal. Former Scientologist Paul Haggis confirmed the auditing happened and said that he has known her for three years. He revealed, “I met her through a mutual friend when I was doing my own personal research into the allegations against Scientology, before I wrote my letter of resignation. Naz was embarrassed by her unwitting involvement in this incident and never wanted it to come out, so I kept silent. However I was deeply disturbed by how the highest ranking members of a church could so easily justify using one of their members; how they so callously punished her and then so effectively silenced her when it was done. It wasn’t just the threats; they actually made her feel ashamed, when all she had been was human and trusting.”
He went on to say, “In Naz’s case, she has no right to feel ashamed. She is not only a terrific actress at the beginning of a very promising career, she is a dedicated human rights activist and a truly lovely and caring person. The last thing she wanted or needed is this kind of publicity, but here it is, and I am sure she will deal with it with the same grace and dignity she exudes in her daily life.”
He added, “Naz quietly and privately resigned from the church a couple of years ago after several years of trying to handle this injustice internally, to no avail.”