Scientology versus Tom Cruise biography
January 13, 2008
Action against Libel or Censorship by litigation?
AUSTRALIA’S major book retailers have bowed to pressure from the Church of Scientology and will not stock the controversial biography on Tom Cruise by British writer Andrew Morton. Tom Cruise: An Unauthorized Biography will hit American shelves on January 15 and has already generated its fair share of controversy.
The book is seen by the powerful Church of Scientology, which has Cruise as of its most high profile and loyal members, as an attack on its teachings.
It is interesting that it is the Church Of Sientology that is pushing the action, not Tom Cruise himself.
The extremely litigious religious group has already threatened legal action against Morton in the US under the country’s celebrity defamation laws because Morton has shown a “reckless disregard” for the truth.
Any group has the right to protect themselves from malicious defamation or libel, and some of the claims made by the book are pretty sensational. I guess I just find this funny because the actual beliefs of the Church Of Scientology are so weird, you have to wonder why anyone would need to make other things up?