A former top official of the Church of Scientology has said that he ordered Australian actor Nicole Kidman’s phones to be tapped at the suggestion of her former husband, actor Tom Cruise, and church head David Miscavige.
Former Scientologist Mark ‘Marty’ Rathbun, a member of the church for many years and a key aide to Miscavige, has made the allegations in a new documentary, Going Clear: Scientology & The Prison of Belief, which debuted at the Sundance Film Festival.
Kidman, 47, and the 52-year-old Hollywood hunk’s relationship, which began after they met on the set of the 1990 film, Days of Thunder, was looked upon with disfavour by Scientology officials from the start, according to the documentary, directed by Oscar winner Alex Gibney.
Scientology founder L Ron Hubbard disliked and ­distrusted psychiatrists and psychologists, according to the documentary.
Kidman’s father, who died last year, was a prominent psychologist in Australia.
The church, according to the documentary, wanted to break up Kidman and Cruise, so that the actor would more enthusiastically embrace the church and help publicise its mission.
During the filming of Stanley Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut (1999), Rathbun says in the film, Cruise said he was worried about Kidman and suggested her phones be tapped. Rathbun said he ­related this idea disdainfully to Scientology Miscavige, who ordered Rathbun to get it done.
Rathbun says in the film that he ordered the phones to be tapped, but it’s unclear what information, if any, might have been discovered by the process.