Tom Cruise (left) and Dr. Drew Pinsky
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06/12/2008 at 03:00 PM EDT
Dr. Drew Pinsky issued a tempered apology to Tom Cruise
on Thursday after the therapist raised questions about the actor's mental health.
"Dr. Drew meant no harm to Mr. Cruise and apologizes if his comments were hurtful," Pinsky's rep said in a statement.
But Pinsky, the host of VH1's Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew
, continued the war of words
with Cruise's attorney, Bert Fields, who sharply criticized Pinsky for his comments in Playboy
Pinsky speculated in the magazine that Cruise's Scientology beliefs could be a result of childhood "neglect," prompting Fields to call Pinsky a "posturing flake" who "pretends to diagnose people he's never met."
Pinsky responds: "Although Mr. Fields's intent is clearly to slander and discredit Dr. Drew, under no circumstances is Dr. Drew making a blanket diagnosis about Scientology nor Mr. Cruise whom he does not know. Dr. Drew was simply using Mr. Cruise as an example of someone who is recognizable to help the public understand. Again, Dr. Drew meant him no harm."
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