Did Tom Cruise really cure Val Kilmer's cancer with his touch and Scientology powers? That's the premise of an outrageous report circulating this week. Gossip Cop investigated, and we can now bust the claim.
The wild allegation is being peddled by sister outlets RadarOnline and the National Enquirer, which are running virtually identical stories online and in print. Both publications allege Cruise "miraculously healed" Kilmer, who has battled throat cancer, during an encounter on the set of Top Gun 2. It's claimed Cruise, one of Scientology's most famous practitioners, "accomplished the incredible feat by using a flaky 'laying-on-of-hands' method available only to the cult's top members."
The same so-called "snitch" is quoted by both outlets, and contends Cruise "insists he can cure illnesses and injuries with his touch." This supposed source goes on to allege he "couldn't wait to use his hands-on approach on Val." So, what did this procedure allegedly entail? It's asserted Cruise "used the 'touch assist' method by touching Val and instructing him to 'feel my finger,'" and then "ended the bizarre session by saying, 'End of assist.'" Maintains the purported tipster, "And poof! Val started to feel a whole lot better."
Now Kilmer is supposedly calling Cruise a "miracle worker." Of course, he's never publicly uttered such a statement. And the timing of these allegations don't make much sense. Kilmer has only opened up about his cancer battle in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter last December. He said he underwent chemotherapy, and relied upon his Christian Scientist faith (which is different from Scientology) to help him emotionally. He didn't say anything about Cruise using a "magic touch" or "spiritual powers." In fact, his co-star wasn't even mentioned at all.
The Top Gun sequel didn't start production until late last month, and it wasn't until June 6 that it was revealed Kilmer is back for Top Gun 2. It's unlikely the actor would've been able to sign on to the film if he wasn't already medically cleared and deemed healthy enough to participate in the shoot. That would've happened before he and Cruise crossed paths on set. And while there have been conspiracies for centuries about what's known as the "royal touch," as well as about religious-based "faith healing," there is no scientific proof that either method actually works.
With all this in mind, it's difficult to believe any of the contentions. And since there is no proof to substantiate them except for an unnamed and untraceable "snitch," there is no reason to view these reports credibly. Gossip Cop also reached out to Kilmer and Cruise's reps, but did not hear back. Lastly, Gossip Cop has also reached out to spokespeople at the Church of Scientology.
Gossip Cop believes there to be elements of truth, but the story is ultimately misleading.