Star Tom Axes Sis After PR Troubles

Source: Daily Record
Date: November 8, 2005

Tom Cruise has replaced his sister as his publicist after a string of PR disasters.

Lee Anne DeVette has been axed following criticism of the Hollywood star's relationship with Katie Holmes, his feud with actress Brooke Shields and his support for Scientology.

Cruise will be represented by veteran movie PR Paul Bloch, whose clients include Bruce Willis, Sylvester Stallone and Anthony Hopkins.

DeVette, who like her 43-yearold brother is a Scientologist, took over his PR in March 2004.

However, Cruise has found himself in a series of publicity blunders.

He was accused of staging a fake romance with Dawson's Creek star Holmes, 26, to promote his film War Of The Worlds and her movie Batman Returns. Cruise and Katie, who is pregnant with their first child, got engaged after a whirlwind courtship.

The actor raised eyebrows with his bizarre sofa-leaping appearance on Oprah Winfrey yelling: "I'm in love, I'm in love."

Cruise also had a war of words with Brooke Shields over his opposition to psychiatry and the use of psychiatric drugs.

He criticised her career choices and how she handled her post-natal depression.

In a statement, Cruise said: "Lee Anne has done a wonderful job on behalf of myself and Cruise-Wagner Productions over the last few years.

"But she has always expressed a desire to oversee and expand the day-to-day activities of my charitable endeavours."

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