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Monday, January 7, 2008

Scientologists, Tom Cruise's Lawyer Object to New Bio of Star

Members of the Church of Scientology and Tom Cruise's attorney Bert Fields are objecting to the new Andrew Morton biography of the actor, Tom Cruise: An Unauthorized Biography, saying that suggestions that Mr. Cruise is "number two" in the Church hierarchy, and that his daughter Suri might be the result of artificial insemination via sperm from the late L. Ron Hubbard are completely ridiculous. Lawyers for the Church are said to be planning a defamation suit. The book, published by St. Martin's Press in the U.S., is due for publication January 15, and has already hit the best seller list on Amazon.com. It will not be available in the U.K. due to libel concerns. Read more here.

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