An actress recruited by the Church of Scientology as a potential new wife of Tom Cruise claims in Vanity Fair that she was forced to scrub toilets with a toothbrush when she revealed her "forbidden" love for Cruise, the magazine reports.
Nazanin Boniadi, an Iranian-born, London-raised actress and Scientologist, was selected and dated Cruise from November 2004 until January 2005.
The Church was hoping to find a wife for Cruise following his split from Nicole Kidman. Before he met Katie Holmes, Cruise dated Boniadi, VF says. The Church went to lengths keep the relationship a secret. But Cruise was difficult to please, VF says, because everything had to be vetted by the Church:
When a friend at a Scientology center in Florida, where Boniadi was subsequently sent, asked why she was crying all the time, Boniadi broke down and told her about her relationship with Cruise, which she had been forbidden to do.
Boniadi’s punishment was to scrub toilets with a toothbrush, clean bathroom tiles with acid, and dig ditches in the middle of the night. After that she was sent out to sell Scentology founder L. Ron Hubbard’s Dianetics on street corners.
The Church denies the allegations, telling VF, “The Church does not punish people, especially in [that] manner.”
Learn more about Nazanin Boniadi at her personal web site.