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Scarlett Johansson: No, I Did Not Audition to Be Tom Cruise's Girlfriend

Actress hits back at former Scientologist's claim
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 28, 2018 1:32 PM CDT
Scarlett Johansson arrives at the world premiere of "Avengers: Infinity War" on Monday, April 23, 2018, in Los Angeles.   (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

(Newser) – During an appearance on Megyn Kelly Today Wednesday, former Scientologist Brendan Tighe said that Scarlett Johansson once auditioned to be Tom Cruise's girlfriend. Johansson was having none of it, quickly hitting back with a statement to E! News. "The very idea of any person auditioning to be in a relationship is so demeaning," it reads. "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." In his interview with Kelly, Tighe claimed to have learned of the audition when reports from Cruise's handler were accidentally printed on Tighe's printer.

The report said "it didn't go well," Tighe said of the audition, adding that another actress, Scientologist Erika Christensen, had to "disconnect" from Johansson as a result of it not going well. "Because Scarlett wasn't interested?" Kelly said. "Correct," Tighe said. The Church of Scientology also disputed Tighe's claims. As for Cruise, he's also in the tabloids due to a report that he's trying to make plans to see Suri, his daughter with Katie Holmes. Gossip Cop says those reports are false, though the site does note Cruise hasn't seen Suri, 12, in several years. (Read more Scarlett Johansson stories.)

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