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Katie Holmes Has Nasty Lawyers, Worries About Scientology's Hold On Suri
For his 50th birthday, Tom Cruise flew back in Los Angeles—he had been filming his new film Oblivion in Iceland—yesterday. It's believed that he's meeting with lawyers to discuss the divorce filing wife Katie Holmes surprised him with last week... and apparently Holmes refused Cruise's plea to meet with him in Iceland for reconciliation.
According to US Weekly, Cruise had been planning a surprise birthday party for himself in Iceland, but the divorce situation put the kibosh on that: "'He begged her to come to Iceland for one last try at reconciliation,' the insider says. Holmes -- secretly plotting to file for divorce and move into her own rented NYC apartment -- refused, and the pair had a 'huge fight,' the source explains. Although Cruise was aware that things were tense and severely estranged with Holmes, 'he was confident he could talk her out of it and keep her with him,' the source says."
Holmes has claimed "irreconocible differences" and asked for division of property and sole legal custody for their child Suri, 6, in the divorce, which was filed in New York, a state that more typically grants sole custody. While Holmes, raised as a Catholic, studied Cruise's Scientology prior to their marriage, reports suggest that she's now uncomfortable with the controversial religion. In particular, how they educate children and the possibility of Suri Cruise going to Sea Org, the "ultrazealous offshoot of Scientology." According to TMZ, Scientologist children undergo an auditing process:
The subject holds electrode handles on a device called an e-meter and is then asked a series of personal questions that help the Church locate "areas of spiritual distress." Some ex-Scientologists claim the questions include:
-- What has somebody told you not to tell?
-- Have you ever decided you did not like some member of your family?
-- Have you ever bullied a smaller child?
-- Have you ever lied to a teacher?
-- Have you ever done something you were very much ashamed of?
-- Have you ever refused to obey an order from someone you should obey?
-- Have you ever gotten yourself dirty on purpose?