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Scarlett Johansson denies auditioning to date Tom Cruise, calls rumor ‘so demeaning’

Scarlett Johansson says she did not audition to date Tom Cruise after his split from Nicole Kidman, rebuking a statement that former Scientologist Brendan Tighe made to Megyn Kelly on her show Wednesday.

“The very idea of any person auditioning to be in a relationship is so demeaning,” Johansson said in a statement to 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,”

Tighe appeared on “Megyn Kelly Today” to discuss his experiences with the church, saying he discovered the reports of Johansson’s audition “purely by accident,” and that the actress ended up not being interested in Cruise, who went on to date Katie Holmes.

“A bunch of reports (about the interviews) kept coming to my printer by mistake,” he said. “Tommy Davis, who was previously Tom Cruise’s personal handler, would get interviews to make sure he was (handling) Tom Cruise properly, and anything he had to say would be written down in these reports.  A lot of it was about those interviews.”

“Was there anyone on the list you remember seeing?” Kelly asked.

“By name, the only one I recognized was Scarlett Johansson,” Tighe said. “That particular report…just said that it didn’t go well. And that another actress, Erika Christensen, had to disconnect from Scarlett Johansson because it didn’t go well. That was in that report.”

The Church of Scientology also denied Tighe’s claims, with Church of Scientology International representative Karin Pouw telling Kelly that Tighe was a security guard and night watchman from 2002 to 2009.

“The ‘access’ he boasts of having was largely limited to viewing security cameras from a guard booth,” she said. “He was removed from that position for dereliction of duty.”

The Black Widow actress has recently been linked with “Saturday Night Live” star Colin Jost. The two attended the “Avengers: Infinity War” world premiere in Hollywood in April arm-in-arm.

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