Behind the breakdown of actor Tom Cruise’s marriage with Katie Holmes is a powerful organisation that has quietly expanded its clout among the celebrities of Hollywood.
“Scientology back in news. Very weird cult, but big, big money involved with Tom Cruise either number two or three in (hierarchy),” News Corp CEO Rupert Murdoch tweeted, sparking outrage among the substantial numbers of the followers of Scientology.
Murdoch said there was “something creepy, maybe even evil, about these people.” The cult is being cited as the reason behind the meltdown of the Cruise-Holmes marriage of five years. According to reports, Holmes was convinced that the 49-year-old actor would send their daughter Suri away to the Scientology organization known as Sea Organization.
Sea Org, as it is known, is where the highest levels of Scientology are taught and kids as young as five can be sent to live there without their parents. The Sea Org has been often compared to a boot camp and several ex-Scientologists (including Oscar winner Paul Haggis) have been outspoken against its military-like conditions.
Holmes herself has first-hand knowledge of the Sea Org. Since she does not want her daughter to be sent to Sea Org, she opted for divorce.