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Tom Cruise rejects “diagnosis” from Dr. Drew as Nazi garbage
Tom Cruise is no fan of psychiatry so he wasn’t too happy to get an unsolicited diagnosis from celebrity doctor Drew Pinsky — or so said his representative who compared the diagnosis to the “garbage” of the Nazis.
Pinsky, who hosts the nationally syndicated radio program “Loveline” and appears on cable TV on the VH1 reality show “Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew,” was interviewed for the July issue of Playboy, and wondered aloud why Cruise was ”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,” Pinsky said.
That did not please Cruise, and the actor’s lawyer, Bert Fields, told the New York Post that Pinsky sounded like a Nazi.
“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 told the Post. ”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.”
On Thursday, Pinsky’s publicist, Valerie Allen, said in a statement that the doctor ”apologizes if his comments were hurtful.”
She added that Pinsky, who among other jobs is an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at the Keck University of Southern California School of Medicine, was not making a “blanket diagnosis” about Scientology or Cruise, the star of the movies “Mission: Impossible” and “Minority Report.”