Thursday, June 12, 2008
Dr. Drew Pinksy Speculates Why Tom Cruise Follows Scientology
You want some risky business? Dr. Drew is going to be cursed by the powers of Scientology after this. I personally think Dr. Drew is right about this one, but the fact that he raised a question about Tom’s mental health is gonna put him in danger.
Dr. Drew Pinksy, the host of VH1's Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew, speculates in an interview with Playboy that Cruise's Scientology beliefs could be a result of childlhood "neglect."
"A lot of people in the public eye who behave strangely have mental illness we can learn from, and much of it is based on childhood trauma, without a doubt," says Dr. Drew. "Take a guy like Tom Cruise. Why would somebody be drawn into a cultish kind of environment like Scientology? To me, that's a function of a very deep emptiness and suggests serious neglect in childhood – maybe some abuse, but mostly neglect."
His remarks got a sharp rebuke from Tom’s lawyer, Bert Fields.
"This unqualified television performer who is obviously just looking for notoriety is so grotesquely unprofessional as to pretend to diagnose Tom and others without ever meeting them," Fields tells the New York Post's Page Six. "He seems to be spewing the absurdity that all Scientologists are mentally ill. The last time we heard garbage like this was from Joseph Goebbels."