Tom Cruise to Be Tested for Asbestos

After the discovery of an abundance of blue asbestos onboard a Church of Scientology cruise ship, Tom Cruise and other celebrity followers of the religion have been urged to undergo immediate medical examinations to test for their exposure to the toxic mineral.

According to an article in an Indian newspaper, Kerala News, Cruise and many other regular passengers aboard the ship have been alerted to potential exposure. Other celebrity visitors aboard the Freewinds passenger ship include Lisa Marie Presley, Natural Born Killers actress Juliette Lewis, jazz great Chick Corea and JAG and Army Wives TV star Catherine Bell.

Currently, the Freewinds is “under seal” in the Caribbean port of Curacao after it was discovered that dangerous blue asbestos was released during the refurbishment of the ship. The asbestos dust may have wound up in the ventilation system and circulated throughout the ship.

The Church of Scientology uses the Freewinds as “an education center” for devotees of the religion. It has also hosted myriad VIP parties. The ship is 40 years old and was built before asbestos guidelines were issued by the U.S. government in the 1970s.

“Anyone who believes they may have been exposed to asbestos should consult a doctor immediately,” said a Scientology spokesperson, noting that those exposed could be at risk for developing the deadly asbestos cancer known as mesothelioma.

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