Thursday 20 September 2018

Scarlett Johansson denies 'auditioning to date Tom Cruise' after ex-Scientologist made the claims

Scarlett Johansson attends the Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for New York Magazine)
Scarlett Johansson attends the Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for New York Magazine)
Scarlett Johansson attends the 2017 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 11, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)
Colin Jost and Scarlett Johansson attend the Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
Scarlett Johansson and Colin Jost arrive at the Premiere Of Disney And Marvel's 'Avengers: Infinity War' on April 23, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
Scarlett Johansson and Colin Jost arrive for the 2018 Met Gala on May 7, 2018, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York
Scarlett Johansson (L) and Colin Jost attend the Los Angeles Global Premiere for Marvel Studios Avengers: Infinity War on April 23, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for Disney)
Colin Jost and Scarlett Johansson attends The 2017 Museum Gala at American Museum of Natural History on November 30, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Sylvain Gaboury/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
Scarlett Johansson and Colin Jost attend the Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
Tom Cruise runs along the rooftop of Blackfriars station in London (John Stillwell/PA)
Eva Longoria (L) and Scarlett Johansson (R) at the 2018 Women's March Los Angeles at Pershing Square on January 20, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Araya Diaz/Getty Images)
Scarlett Johansson (L) and Olivia Munn (R) at the 2018 Women's March Los Angeles at Pershing Square on January 20, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Araya Diaz/Getty Images)
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

Scarlett Johansson has vehemently denied she ever auditioned to be Tom Cruise's girlfriend.

A former Scientologist Brendan Tighe claimed that the Avengers star was among a number of actresses who 'xxx' to date him after his 2001 divorce from Nicole Kidman. It's not believed that Scarlett, who still hadn't landed her big break at that stage, has any links to Scientology. Actress Erika Christensen, a prominent member who starred in Swimfan and Traffic, had to "disconnect" from Scarlett afterwards, he claimed on Megyn Kelly Today.

"The very idea of any person auditioning to be in a relationship is so demeaning," she told The Hollywood Reporter. "I refuse for anyone to spread the idea that I lack the integrity to choose my own relationships."

"Only a man aka Brendan Tighe would come up with a crazy story like that."

Scarlett Johansson and Colin Jost attend the Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
Scarlett Johansson and Colin Jost attend the Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)

The Church of Scientology (COS) also issued a statement to the show, saying: "Brendan Tighe was a Church of Scientology Flag Service Organization security guard/night watchman from 2002 to 2009.”

"The ‘access’ he boasts of having was largely limited to viewing security cameras from a guard booth. He was removed from that position for dereliction of duty.'"

Scarlett was previously married to Ryan Reynolds for three years until 2011 and later to French journalist Romain Dauriac for two years before their split in 2017. She's now dating Saturday Night Live star Colin Jost.

Tom Cruise runs along the rooftop of Blackfriars station in London (John Stillwell/PA)
Tom Cruise runs along the rooftop of Blackfriars station in London (John Stillwell/PA)

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