Your Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes roundup: 'Enquirer' threatened; Nicole Kidman helped Katie; Auditor says church hated Kidman
Just because Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes settled their divorce in a mere 11 days doesn't mean there isn't more dirt to dig up. In fact, between reports of Katie turning to Nicole Kidman for help and Cruise threatening to sue the National Enquirer, we've got more than enough to go around. Where shall we begin? Ah yes, the "House of Horrors" ...
The Hollywood Reporter says Cruise attorney Bert Fields sent the Enquirer a threatening letter, blasting the "disgraceful and lurid" cover story that will cause Tom "hundreds of millions of dollars of professional and personal damages, for which we intend to hold American Media, and everyone who participated in the perpetuation of this scurrilous attack, jointly and severally liable."
The letter was sent Wednesday in response to the latest issue of the rag, which came out the same day alleges Cruise "abused" Holmes and forced daughter Suri to stay in a "tiny, windowless room" for five months. Fields contends in his cease-and-desist letter that tiny room was actually a nursery next to TomKat's bedroom, and demands the publication "retract each and every one of your false allegations about Mr. Cruise with the same prominence and emphasis as you gave your original false and defamatory assertions."
So maybe it wasn't as bad as all that, but it was bad enough that People and the L.A. Times report Holmes was sneaking around behind Tom, making plans and using disposable cell phones until she dropped the bomb that she was moving out and asking for a divorce. Tom was apparently caught of guard by this, with a source saying he "was a happy man and thought he had a happy life. He keeps asking, 'What's happening?' "
He should ask ex-wife Kidman, whom Holmes enlisted for advice near the end. Us Weekly reveals Katie had been calling Nicole for support. "They've spoken over the last few weeks," a source told the glossy. "Nicole has been supportive, saying she's been through it too and to hang in there. She has been a private friend not many people know about."
That may be because Kidman's split from Cruise was a wee bit more acrimonious, and now we're getting a better picture of why. A man named Mark Rathburn, who says he was Tom's former Scientology auditor, claims church officials used their influence to turn their kids Isabella, now 19, and Connor, now 17, against Nicole.
"It was more than implied …(Kidman) was somebody that they shouldn't open up with, they shouldn't communicate with, and they shouldn't spend much time with," Rathburn told Brian Williams for an interview with NBC Rock Center airing July 17. Rathburn, who left the church in 2004 after 27 years, said he learned of this through lengthy auditing sessions with Cruise.
"(Cruise) and I were intensively at it, you know, auditing several hours a day over several months," Rathburn said, noting Isabella and Connor were often with Scientology staff. "And they were being indoctrinated, and they were reporting to Tom on how that was going in my presence. ... They were being steered toward and indoctrinated toward coming to the conclusion that Nicole was a suppressive person."
Several sources claim Rathburn is a liar, with lawyer Fields exclaiming, "He is a bitter ex-Scientologist who spends most of his time attacking Scientology and using Tom Cruise's name to get attention for his bigoted diatribe. If he "audited" Mr. Cruise, he is violating the privilege of that position by discussing it."
Word is Katie didn't want that kind of split happening to she and Suri, so here we are, an eyelash away from that Lifetime movie of the week. We noted earlier Rob Lowe will play Tom and Katie will be Katie, but we just now decided Phillip Seymour Hoffman should play Fields. We have no idea what he looks like, but that sounds about right, doesn't it?
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