Tom Cruise, Katie Holmes Divorce: She Was Blacklisted in Hollywood Because of Scientology (EXCLUSIVE)

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New York Times best-selling investigative journalist Ian Halperin, who spent years infiltrating Scientology and authored Hollywood Undercover, reveals how Katie Holmes fears Tom Cruise and the controversial church will her keep her from her daughter – and how the actress plans to escape their grip.

Tom Cruise’s 50th birthday on July 3 has been overshadowed by his pending third divorce. But the breakup between Hollywood's 'Top Gun' and Katie Holmes last week didn't really catch us off-guard: Indeed, we knew the oddball marriage's fate was sealed the moment an overzealous Cruise leapt onto Oprah Winfrey's couch to tell the world how much he loved the much-younger Holmes back in 2005.

It all seemed too premeditated, too valiant an attempt to misdirect us from his previous breakup with ex-wife Nicole Kidman, who also turned her back on Cruise and his controversial religious beliefs.

But the biggest reason it appears Holmes, 33, left Cruise, 49, was because her once thriving acting career had taken a big hit ever since she became connected to Cruise and the controversial Church of Scientology.

A close friend of Holmes claims the ex-Dawson’s Creek star’s promising career had been "blacklisted" in recent years.

The friend pointed out how Holmes' career had taken a downward spiral because Hollywood is terrified about the rise of Scientology, so much so that it has skewed the results of Oscar voting on more than one occasion. It's fairly obvious that the Hollywood establishment don't want to see a Scientologist win an Oscar for fear that it will just help them recruit more celebrities and everyday members. Can you imagine the speech that one of them might make to a billion viewers if they actually won?

"It's no coincidence why Katie hasn't been getting the roles she deserves," the friend said.

"She wants to win Oscars but instead has been getting fluff roles. There's a good reason why her husband has never won an Oscar. He was brilliant in Born on the Fourth of July and should have won. He was also denied for Jerry Maguire and Magnolia. Look at another Scientologist, John Travolta. He seemed like a shoo-in for Pulp Fiction but was also denied."

Cruise's second wife, Kidman, was a perfect example of this phenomenon. Her performance in To Die For was brilliant, for which many pundits considered her the odds-on favorite to win the Oscar. That was when she was still married to Cruise and she was a practicing Scientologist. She wasn't even nominated. Then, a few years ago, only after she divorced Cruised and renounced Scientology, she won her Oscar for The Hours. That's probably not a coincidence.

The close friend of the actress says she saw the writing on the wall four years ago at lunch in New York, when a broken Holmes confided to her how miserable she was. "She felt trapped like a moth in a bath," the friend said.

Now, Holmes holds an optimistic view about her new life with six-year-old Suri - but she harbors troubling doubt regarding how the Hollywood megastar and his powerful Church will respond.

Holmes is well aware how the Church places an extreme importance on the public image of their high-profile members. It has even created a special branch that ministers to celebrities, providing them with first-class testament. The Church's headquarters, called Celebrity Center International, is housed in a magnificent old mansion on Franklin Avenue, overlooking the Hollywood Freeway, where the Church caters to the every whim of its famous adherents.

According to a friend of Holmes, the actress is holed up in her sprawling Chelsea, N.Y., pad with 24/7 security guards by her side.

"She's terrified that Tom or the Church of Scientology will do something to take Suri away from her," the friend said.

Thus, she has also developed a post-divorce plan. The actress recently shopped for a new home outside London.

"After her divorce is final, she wants to move overseas for a while. She wants to keep Suri away from all the chaos and put her in a top British school,” the friend confided. “She wants to disappear the same way Nicole Kidman did.  It's the only way she will keep her sanity, and keep Scientology goons away from her."

Said the insider: "Tom is the world's most powerful and most famous Scientologist. Katie prepared for months her ultimate escape from both parties. She's no fool. She knows how powerful and monolithic the people she's dealing with can be. She certainly didn't act on a whim. She gave a lot of time and thought to prepare for this."



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  • guest

    An oscar buff once told me that Germans will never win an oscar, again. He cited Marlene Dietrich not even being nominated for "Witness for the Prosecution", when she totally deserved the oscar. I added that we'd probably not ever see a Native American nominated after the Marlon Brando, and the Filipina/German celebrity, Sacheen Littlefeather, did at the oscar ceremonies in February, 1973.

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  • Adam

    Yeah as if anyone in Hollywood actually cares about Scientology. Scientology is like North Korea ... they are only relevant in their own minds.

  • Ross

    Why is Scientology a "cult," yet every other religion isn't? They're ALL cults. Just because one is a recent addition doesn't make it any more ridiculous than any other.

  • Holly

    Do Oscars really change voting results because of beliefs? Does that mean that other beliefs can't win the Oscar? I don't care for religion but I do care about any kind of prejudice or blacklisting. Makes me think less of Oscars and Hollywood.

  • demode

    I don't think there is anything "crazy" about believing that children were adults in past lives. Many religions and cultures believe in reincarnation. That said... Scientology is a cult, and they take beliefs from many other religions and twist them to form their own "universal" views.

  • nt

    Oh Iagree that scientology stuff is nothing more than a cult and they even believe kids are really adults who have lived in past lives.Also I heard a former member talk about an international compound they have out in the desert of california and if you said something they didn't like or disagreed with then you got sent there and it was a concrete room that you are isolated in and in effect punished for about 10 wks.And thousands have left because it's a cult.I will pray that Katie gets Suri and raises her away from that craziness and I find it interesting that once you leave you are excommunicated from the place and that's why nicole kidman rarely ever sees her other kids.sad sad

  • NancyF

    This all sounds rather cloak and dagger and being Hollywood -- all made up. But I've got to admit all this negative hype regarding Scientology sounds quite plausible. To call it a religion is a misnomer. It truly is a cult. Just listening to Cruise go on and on about his beliefs is enough to curdle your blood!! That 38-minute tape of him extolling Scientology is chilling. Hope Katie and Suri escape his clutches!!