Reality television doctor, Dr. Drew Pinsky, has apologized for an article set to appear in Playboy, that states Tom Cruise may have experienced "serious neglect in childhood – maybe some abuse, but mostly neglect."
Pinsky’s story in next month’s edition claims, "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. 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."
Crusie’s lawyer, Bert Fields, was quick to criticize Pinsky’s remarks issuing a statement saying, "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. He seems to be spewing the absurdity that all Scientologists are mentally ill."
A rep for the the host of VH1′s ‘Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew’ has apologized stating, "Dr. Drew meant no harm to Mr. Cruise and apologizes if his comments were hurtful."
"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," the statement continues. "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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