Scarlett Johansson slams 'demeaning' rumours she auditioned to date Tom Cruise

Scarlett Johansson has strongly denied rumours she auditioned to date Tom Cruise before he got together with ex-wife Katie Holmes.

Former Scientologist Brendan Tighe said on Megyn Kelly Today that Johansson was one of several people to try out for the role of Cruise's partner in the early 2000s.

But Johansson has called the rumour "so demeaning" and strongly refuted his claims.

"I refuse for anyone to spread the idea that I lack the integrity to choose my own relationships. Only a man, aka Brendan Tighe, would come up with a crazy story like that," she told The Hollywood Reporter.

Tighe appeared on the show to discuss leaving the Church of Scientology, and claimed he discovered Johannson's name in a list of potential partners by accident.

A bunch of reports [about the interviews] kept coming to my printer by mistake," he said.

"Tommy Davis, who was previously Tom Cruise's personal handler, would get interviews to make sure he was [handling] Tom Cruise properly, and anything he had to say would be written down in these reports.  A lot of it was about those interviews."

"Was there anyone on the list you remember seeing?" Kelly asked.

"By name, the only one I recognized was Scarlett Johansson," Tighe said. "That particular report... just said that it didn't go well."