Tom Cruise settled his divorce with Katie Holmes quickly in order to save The Church of Scientology, cult experts have claimed.
“(Church leader) David Miscavige dictated Tom’s divorce deal. Scientology wanted a gag order as soon as possible to stop further negative information coming out,” Steven Hassan, an exit counselor who works with those leaving cults, told the New York Post.
“They would have agreed to allow Katie to raise Suri as a Catholic, as long as she doesn’t say anything bad about Scientology to Suri or the public,” he said.
But Hassan, whose new book Freedom of Mind helps those escape the grip of cults, said Holmes may regret signing the gag order.
“In the future that may not be the best decision for Katie, Tom and Suri. What would be best would be to get the truth out there help Tom escape Scientology,” he said.
Marty Rathbun, Tom Cruise’s former auditor with the Church of Scientology, claimed that the Mission Impossible star effectively chose his religion over his 6-year-old daughter, Suri, in his divorce negotiations with Holmes.
Rathbun was a former high ranking Scientologist who worked with Cruise for several years, conducting auditing sessions with the star, before he left the religion. He has since become an outspoken critic of Scientology.
“I think that Tom Cruise chose his religion over his daughter Suri, and I also think that David Miscavige pressured Cruise to settle the divorce quickly,” he told Radar Online.
Miscavige is Cruise’s best friend and was the actor’s best man when he married Holmes in Italy in 2005. The newlyweds honeymooned on Miscavige’s yacht.
The church has been at the center of attention in the Holmes-Cruise divorce drama.
Rathbun said that the next move for Cruise and Scientology would be, “To act the victim for having Tom’s personal life and religious beliefs dug into when the press starts inquiring about who won control over education and religion with respect to Suri.”
“They are paying to get Scientology Inc. out of the news.
“He should have learned that his association with David Miscavige is ruining his life. What he actually learned is anybody’s guess,” he added.