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Scientology Not to Blame for Katie Holmes' Sores

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Jul 26, 2005 | 7:09am EDT

The controversial Church of Scientology has slammed reports one its rituals was responsible for the sores on Katie Holmes' mouth in May.

Only a week after Tom Cruise and Holmes confirmed they had been dating for "a couple of weeks" in late April, the former Dawson's Creek star was photographed with several cold sores and a red rash around her mouth.

While most critics believed Holmes had acquired the sores from her public kissing sessions with Cruise, several gossip columnists claimed the 26-year-old actress developed the sores after enduring a Scientology process, known as purification.

Holmes has been studying the religion since she began dating her now-fiancé Cruise.

The alleged client of the purification is given vitamin B3 (niacin), which helps to decrease cholesterol and boost circulation.

However, a spokesman for the church says, "Whatever is on Katie's face has nothing to do with us. It's insulting that you would ask such a thing."

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