03/28/2008 02:45 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Adam Sandler Leaps To Tom Cruise's Defense

has been taking a beating in the press lately, but several of the star's pals are standing up for him.

"To see anyone's private life invaded and mocked like this is sickening," Adam Sandler tells PEOPLE in an exclusive statement. "It's especially gross when it happens to a guy like Cruise, who's a great dad, a great husband, and a great friend."

Earlier this month, Andrew Morton's scathing biography of Cruise hit shelves; meanwhile, a pro-Scientology video starring the actor hit the Internet and became the butt of jokes. But many of Cruise's friends and colleagues are not laughing.

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