The Church of Scientology had a "top secret process" in place for Tom Cruise whereby women auditioned to be his girlfriend, according to a new feature by magazine Vanity Fair.
In the October issue of the magazine Maureen Orth, a special correspondent, claims that Nazanin Boniadi was selected from a number of Scientologist actresses to be Tom Cruise's girlfriend. It is also claimed that the entire "top secret" process was headed by Shelly Miscavige, the wife of Scientology chief David Miscavige.
However, the claims have seemingly been strongly denied as "lies" by Tom Cruise's people. A rep for the actor told ABC News in a statement: "Lies in a different font are still lies - designed to sell magazines."
The Church of Scientology has also denied the claims and has said that there is no such recruiting process for Tom Cruise's girlfriend.
The Vanity Fair magazine describes that the alleged process included a month-long preparation. During that period Boniadi was allegedly told to "lose her braces, her red highlights and her boyfriend."
The magazine also claims that Boniadi was forced to sign a confidentiality agreement so as not to disclose any information regarding the process.
Cruise and Boniadi met in November 2004, according to the piece, and the actor allegedly told her, "I've never felt this way before."
The article claims that the couple moved into Cruise's home, however, their relationship ended in January 2005, as Cruise wanted "someone with her own power, like Nicole Kidman."
The piece continues that Boniadi confided in a friend about what had happened, which violated her confidentiality agreement. Vanity Fair claims that she was then punished by being made to scrub toilets with a toothbrush, clean tiles with acid, and dig holes.
The Church of Scientology, however, denied this ever took place, saying, "The Church does not punish people, especially in that way."