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offcourse she is being watched, followed etc, imagine what Suri is going through.
I just spent the whole day watching the documentaries on this cult, especially Sweeney's one...  to say i am shocked is an understatement ...

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                                                        NZ Herald
Tuesday July 10, 2012

                                    Cruise, Holmes finalise quickfire divorce (+video)

Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes have reached a settlement in their divorce case, putting an official end to the much-scrutinized romance less than two weeks after Holmes unexpectedly filed for divorce.

"The case has been settled and the agreement has been signed," Holmes' attorney Jonathan Wolfe said in a statement. Cruise's rep Amanda Lundberg confirmed the settlement.

An assistant in Wolfe's office who would not give her name would not elaborate on the agreement, but Holmes will reportedly get primary custody of her and Tom Cruise's daughter Suri.

Insiders believe the brunette beauty will continue to live with their six-year-old daughter in New York City.

Holmes is also thought to have insisted that Suri is accompanied by the Dawson's Creek actress' own team of bodyguards when she visits Tom to ensure she isn't indoctrinated into sci-fi cult Scientology.

A source told RadarOnline: "Katie insisted that Suri's nanny and bodyguards always accompany her when she visits Tom. Katie did this for several reasons.

This will ensure a smooth and easy transition for Suri when she is with Tom.

"Suri is Katie's number one priority. Tom only has Scientologists that work for him and Katie insisted that her staff will always be with their daughter. Under terms of the settlement, Suri isn't permitted to be exposed to anything Scientology related and this includes going to any Scientology churches, parties, etc.

"Katie made sure that this was ironclad in the agreement."

A statement from Holmes attorney said: "We are thrilled for Katie and her family and are excited to watch as she embarks on the next chapter of her life.

"We thank Tom's counsel for their professionalism and diligence that helped bring about this speedy resolution."

Cruise, 50, and Holmes, 33, had a romance that ended as it began - as tabloid fodder.

Earlier Monday, they asked for privacy for their family with six-year-old daughter Suri.

"We are committed to working together as parents to accomplish what is in our daughter Suri's best interests. We want to keep matters affecting our family private and express our respect for each other's commitment to each of our respective beliefs and support each other's roles as parents," read the statement.

The resolution was notably quick, particularly in Hollywood terms. By way of comparison, Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries are still negotiating a divorce for an August 2011 marriage that lasted less than three months.

"A quick settlement indicates that they were able to agree that they'll both do some co-parenting," said Steve Mindel, a managing partner in the Los Angeles firm Feinberg, Mindel, Brandt and Klein who has handled bi-coastal divorce cases.

Mindel said the next step would be for Holmes or Cruise to file to have their status changed to divorced, but that the actual financial and child custody details won't get filed in court unless there's some later dispute.

In the celebrity news media, Holmes has been portrayed with overwhelmingly more sympathy. Whether true or not, the narrative that emerged was of a locked-away Holmes breaking free from the servitude of a strange, corrupting marriage.

Us Weekly reported that the couple "fought viciously" over Scientology parenting. The Daily News trumpeted Holmes entering "a new phase". A TMZ headline blared "Tom treated me like a robot".

That may also be the most convenient view of a relationship that even at its start spawned "Free Katie!" T-shirts.

Cruise's camp vigorously denied such a reading. Cruise's lawyer Bert Fields has said they were letting "the other side play the media until they wear everyone out". The Church of Scientology, too, didn't want to be portrayed as the schism between the couple.

The quick settlement and joint statement may put out some of that fire.

"It's not entirely certain that it's all about Rapunzel fleeing the castle, which is the motif that people love to use," said Larry Hackett, managing editor of People magazine, which broke the news of Holmes' divorce filing. He called this the biggest celebrity story in two or three years, excepting the sudden death of Whitney Houston.

In Touch Weekly and its sister magazine, Life & Style Weekly, are among the many outlets to focus on the Holmes-as-escapee angle. Their covers on the divorce read "The Fight for Suri" and "Katie Breaks Free," respectively.

"We're intrigued by who the real Katie is," says Dan Wakeford, editor-in-chief of both magazines. "She's been hidden for so long and dominated and controlled by Tom, so we really want to know what she's like and how she's going to change."

In the week and a half since filing for divorce, Holmes also captured the spotlight with a handful of public appearances. She stopped by to tape a guest judge appearance on Lifetime's Project Runway, was snapped taking Suri for ice cream, and was seen taking a trip to the Children's Museum of the Arts.

The appearances have only fed the view that Holmes is now living easier and freer - and conversely, that she's orchestrating a public relations campaign.

On the other hand, Holmes may have simply been trying to regain a measure of privacy, said celebrity publicist Howard Bragman, vice chairman of reputation.com.

"I think she's being smart. If you engage in a bunker mentality, you build up demand" for photographs, Bragman said. "My clients who are under siege by paparazzi, I say go on and live your life. It lets some of the air out of the balloon, if you will."

Cruise has two children with his previous wife, Nicole Kidman. The actor was also previously married to Mimi Rogers. This was Holmes' first marriage.

Their divorce case lasted less than two weeks, but Mindel said that's not uncommon for high-profile breakups: "There's too many incentives on both sides of the equation for settlement."

When actress-singer LeAnn Rimes' husband filed for divorce in December 2009, it only took a day before the couple filed a judgment. Actor-comedian Russell Brand's divorce from singer Katy Perry took a little over a month to resolve, while director Cameron Crowe and singer-guitarist Nancy Wilson resolved their 2010 divorce in less than three months.

Cruise and Holmes may have saved more than just their dignity by not fighting out their divorce in court - Mindel said a drawn-out custody battle would have likely cost more than a million dollars in legal fees.

Mindel said the issue for Holmes and Cruise going forward is how they navigate their parenting as Suri grows up.

"The question's going to be did they have enough time to flesh out how they're going to resolve future disputes," Mindel said.

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/entertainment/news/article.cfm?c_id=1501119&objectid=10818553

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                                              Katie to keep quiet on Scientology

                                                  THE NZ HERALD

Katie Holmes signed a confidentiality agreement as part of her divorce settlement with Tom Cruise.

The former couple - who split last month after five years of marriage - agreed conditions to end their union on Monday, with the terms said to include the actress agreeing not to speak about her estranged spouse's personal life or his religion, Scientology.

A source told the Daily Mirror newspaper: "Confidentiality was the key. If Katie hadn't signed up to remain silent it could have become a very messy legal battle."

Representatives with both stars have insisted the details of their settlement will be kept under wraps, though it is believed Katie will get primary custody of their six-year-old daughter Suri, with Tom allowed visitation rights.

The welfare of the little girl was key to the pair resolving their split amicably and privately following initial speculation there would be a public court battle.

However, sources told website TMZ.com that despite "palpable hostility" between Tom and Katie, a series of conversations concerning fears Suri could be "irreparably damaged" by their separation meant they agreed to come to a quick resolution.

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/entertainment/news/article.cfm?c_id=1501119&objectid=10818965

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                         Cruise will not keep Scientology from Suri

Published: 6:43AM Thursday July 19, 2012

                             TELEVISION NEW ZEALAND

Tom Cruise will not hide his Scientology beliefs from daughter Suri.

The 'Rock of Ages' actor - who is a huge follower of the sci-fi religion - will not be afraid to discuss the religion with the six-year-old girl, despite estranged wife Katie Holmes reportedly wanting the youngster to have nothing to do with it.

A source said: "Tom is not ashamed of his beliefs and won't hide them from his daughter."

Tom - who also has children Isabella, 19, and 17-year-old Connor, with second wife Nicole Kidman - was reunited with Suri yesterday (17.07.12) in New York after not seeing her for over a month because he was working on new movie 'Oblivion' and insiders say he was desperate to see his little girl.

One said: "He's wanted to see her as fast as possible since this started. He couldn't shut down production, cost people their jobs. People count on him."

Katie filed for divorce last month after five years of marriage and the former couple settled their divorce agreement last week, with the actress having primary custody of Suri.

Tom will have extensive visitation rights and thought it was best for Suri she lived full-time with her mother in New York.
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His longtime friend and lawyer Bert Fields said: "Tom tried his best to do what's right for Suri."

It has been claimed Katie, 33, has enrolled Suri into a Catholic school as she didn't want her to have the Scientology upbringing Tom's other children had.

http://tvnz.co.nz/entertainment-news/cruise-not-keep-scientology-suri-4976069

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                      Tom Cruise branded "victim of Scientology"

                                        NZCITY


Tom Cruise has been branded a victim of Scientology by the founder of the religious group's great grandson.

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1 August 2012
Jamie DeWolf said that his grandfather L. Ron Hubbard is a "portly red-headed charismatic lying con-man pseudoscience self-help author."

He told CBS5 News: "Tom Cruise is another victim of the mirage that my great grandfather created around himself."

He added that in his opinion Katie Holmes had to escape from Tom because "the more she saw behind the curtain the more horrified she probably was."

Jamie says that Scientology devastated his family and caused his grandfather, Ron DeWolf, to change his name when he finally left the group.

Jamie said about his mother, who never discussed the church: "It destroyed and devoured both her grandfather and her father."

Twelve years ago, Jamie did a one-man show about his relatives which became popular on video sharing website YouTube, however, the church did not like it.

He revealed: "Within two to three days Scientologists were at my door with fake cover stories claiming that they were performers doing a show with me. They had people following me, they were on me immediately."

http://home.nzcity.co.nz/news/article.aspx?id=151048&cat=985&fm=newsmain,narts

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