During an appearance on Megyn Kelly Today, Brendan Tighe said he was working as a member of the actor’s Scientology security team when he accidentally came across “reports” revealing the names of women who allegedly auditioned to enter a relationship with Cruise. According to Tighe, one of those women was Johansson.
In a statement to E! News, the actress rejected his assertion, saying, “The very idea of any person auditioning to be in a relationship is so demeaning. 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.”
Christensen has not addressed Tighe’s claims, but recently discussed her experience growing up in the Church of Scientology on an episode of Armchair Expert With Dax Shepard.
According to a 2012 report in Vanity Fair (the particulars of which were denied by the Church of Scientology), Iranian-born actress Nazanin Boniadi was allegedly recruited to date Cruise between 2004 and 2005. In 2006, the movie star wed Katie Holmes. They welcomed daughter Suri Cruise that same year and divorced in 2012.
“Brandon Tighe’s claims are fraudulent,” the spokesperson adds to E! News in a separate statement. “This is a tabloid myth spread by bigots and Today should be ashamed for repeating it.”
Cruise has yet to comment publicly on Johansson’s denial.