Claims that Tom Cruise is the second-in-command of the Church of Scientology and that some scientologists believe his daughter Suri is the product of a sperm donation from Scientology's late founder L. Ron Hubbard are among the explosive charges author Andrew Morton alleges in his new book, "Tom Cruise, An Unauthorized Biography," London's Daily Mail reported Sunday.
The book, set for publication in the U.S. on Jan. 15, also claims that Cruise's next mission is to recruit David and Victoria Beckham into the church, and that the church threatened to blackmail Nicole Kidman by revealing details of her sex life with Cruise if she spoke out about Scientology after their divorce.
According to the report, Morton writes in the book that Cruise's extensive household staff are all scientologists vetted and hired by the church, and that Scientology's leader David Miscavige ordered staff to plant a field of wildflowers at a Scientology base after Cruise confided in him his fantasy to run through a field of flowers with third wife Katie Holmes.
The book also alleges that Scientology officials exert enormous influence over Cruise's personal relationships and career decisions, and says that although it is not officially stated anywhere, Cruise is the "de-facto" second-in-command of the Church of Scientology, number two behind Miscavige.
But the most shocking claim in the book, according to the Daily Mail, is Morton's account of how Suri Cruise, Tom Cruise's 20-month-old daughter with third wife Katie Holmes, was conceived. Morton compares Suri's conception to the horror film "Rosemary's Baby" and claims that members of a "fanatical' sect of Scientologists known as "Sea Org." believe Holmes was impregnated with a sperm donation from dead Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard.
In an interview with the Daily Mail, Cruise's long-term attorney, the Hollywood power lawyer Bert Fields, vehemently denied the book's claims, calling it a "pack of lies."
"It's a boring, poorly researched book by a man who never talked to anyone involved in Tom Cruise's life or anyone close to him," Fields told The Mail.
"There's no real independent research. He hasn't spoken to his mother, his sister, me, Paula Wagner [Cruise's film producing partner], his agent, his wives, David Beckham, Will Smith, Jennifer Lopez or any of the famous directors he's worked with. Instead you've got this long, boring reference to people he knew 30 years ago," Fields said.
British author Andrew Morton is best known for his 1992 expose about Princess Diana. His unauthorized biography of Cruise is not being published in the United Kingdom, partly due to the U.K.'s strict libel laws, The Mail reported.