Tom Punk'd, But Nicole Defends Psychiatry

Tom Punk'd, But Nicole Defends Psychiatry
Tom Cruise
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09/28/2005 AT 08:00 AM EDT

April Fool's Day came late this year, as someone allegedly punk'd Tom Cruise by posting a fake press release on Tuesday claiming that the star and Scientology advocate was going to lecture on the evils of psychiatry at his religion's Scientology Celebrity Center headquarters in Los Angeles next month.

Among the reputed topics that the star was falsely said to be touching upon, according to the online posting: "How Psychiatry Invented Schizophrenia" and "Handling Sexual Dis-Orientation."

"It's totally phony," Cruise's high-powered Hollywood attorney, Bert Fields, tells Radar Online, a media Web site. "Tom is not giving any lectures."

Fields goes on to say that he intends to track down whoever posted the fake press release, "because, in my view, it's forgery, wire fraud and, apparently, committed on an interstate basis."

Fields also suggests that no one should have been taken in by the hoax in the first place.

"You could tell from looking at the names of the supposed lectures that it's nothing that comes from Tom," said the attorney. "You know, 'Out of the Closet and into the Auditing Room' is not something Tom is going to put as the name of a lecture. He's not, in fact, giving any lectures. If he did I would sell tickets."

Meanwhile, while Cruise's distaste for psychiatry is well documented – especially after his very public rant against it on the Today show last summer, when he dismissed it as a "pseudoscience" – his ex-wife, Nicole Kidman thinks quite differently.

"I have a father who is a psychologist, so my life has been research," the Oscar winner – currently preparing for her role as a psychiatrist for the upcoming movie, The Visiting – tells the Associated Press.

Kidman went on to say that she finds that psychiatry is a worthwhile profession that can help people.

"Of course," she says. "I think all sorts of things do in terms of Buddhism, in terms of therapy. I think people choose things that they need that are going to help them. And obviously, I've seen my father do some magnificent work."

In The Visiting, Kidman plays a woman who is separated from her child, a role that is even more painful, she says, considering the parents who were separated from their children during Hurricane Katrina. "That's why this (role) reverberated so strongly," says Kidman, "because of seeing those images over and over and over again."
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