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Cruise camp rips Morton's biography as 'tired old lies'

January 08, 2008|From Reuters

NEW YORK -- A lawyer for Tom Cruise attacked an unauthorized biography of the star Monday, calling it "outrageous, sick stuff," even as publisher St. Martin's Press defended the book.

"Tom Cruise, an Unauthorized Biography," by British author Andrew Morton, best known for his top-selling 1992 book on Princess Diana, is due on U.S. bookshelves this month.

"His book is a rehash of tired old lies about Tom and his religion, some new grotesque lies, like the sick comparison of his child to 'Rosemary's Baby' and the nutty assertion that he's the No. 2 head of the Church of Scientology," said Cruise's longtime lawyer, Bert Fields.

"He [Morton] has made a number of claims that are false and demonstrably so," said Fields, who added that he had read Morton's book. "Clearly the book is actionable, but I'm not commenting on anything to do with legal issues."

The Church of Scientology in London did not reply to an e-mail asking for comment.

In a brief statement Monday, St. Martin's Press spokesman Steve Troha said, "We stand by our book and our author."

Fields said Cruise has no plans to read the book, and the lawyer also slammed Morton's claims that Cruise's former wife, Australian actress Nicole Kidman, was worried she would be blackmailed or not see the couple's two adopted children if she spoke out against the Church of Scientology after their divorce.

Kidman's spokeswoman was not immediately available for comment.

"The man should be ashamed of himself and so should his publisher," said Fields. "He pretends to be writing a biography without ever talking to anybody who has really known Tom for the past 30 years."

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