Katie Holmes filed for divorce in New York to better her chances of gaining sole custody of their six-year-old daughter Suri, so of course Tom Cruise is contesting it on the grounds that she doesn’t meet residency requirements to file there. Radar Online says:
Cruise “will file a response in New York, asking that the divorce proceedings be halted in the Big Apple because California is the proper venue for the matter to proceed. Team Cruise is going to assert that Katie doesn’t meet the residency requirements to file in New York.
At the same time, Tom will file for divorce in California, and will most likely request joint custody of Suri. There is absolutely no way that he is going let Katie have sole custody. The lines are being drawn, and this is going shape up to be a very contentious custody battle,” a source says.
And she’s cutting all ties as fast as she can, including firing her security a day before she filed for divorce because they were hand-picked and assigned to her by Tom. TMZ says:
The team — made up of a bodyguard and driver — worked for Tom for years, before Tom even met Katie … and when he and Katie hooked up, Tom assigned the duo to Katie full-time. But today, Katie appeared with a new security detail made up of 5-6 bodyguards.
Katie let the old team go… because of their allegiance to Tom.
The last time Katie was seen with her old security team was last Tuesday. Katie filed for divorce on Thursday.
But the coup de grâce for their marriage was Tom’s insistence that they send Suri to a boot camp style Scientology organization known as Sea Org (the Sea Org has since issued a statement claiming that Suri is ineligible to join because they only harvest children over the age of 16, but whether that’s human years or reactive galactic years, I don’t know). TMZ says:
Sea Org is where the highest levels of Scientology are taught and kids as young as five can be sent to live there … without their parents — and Tom is a big fan.
The Sea Org has been often compared to a boot camp and several ex-Scientologists have been outspoken against its military-like conditions. The Freewinds, the massive Scientology boat that was the location of Cruise’s infamous birthday party in 2004, is entirely staffed by Sea Org members.
A high-ranking former member of the Sea Org who escaped Scientology’s clutches and went on to write a book about it gives a little insight into the mind of a Scientologist (via Radar Online):
“Auditing is a central practice in Scientology through which a practitioner is cleared of negative influences known as engrams in order to heighten spiritual awareness and access currently untapped potential. The person being audited is generally referred to as a pre-Clear. The auditor monitors a device known as an electro-psychometer, or E-meter. The pre-Clear holds a metal cylinder in each hand, both of which are attached by wires to the E-meter.”
I assume it was this point that he snorted and lost his composure. It’s fucking ridiculous. It reads like a shitty 60′s sci-fi B-movie that you might see on Mystery Science Theater 3000.