Katie Holmes vs The Scientology Sea Organization
The final straw in Katie Holmes’ decision to file for divorce was that she was convinced Tom Cruise was going to send 6-year-old Suri away to a hardcore Scientology organization known as Sea Organization … sources connected with Katie tell TMZ.
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 — and our sources say Tom is a big fan.
Our sources say Katie and Tom had been arguing over Suri’s indoctrination into Scientology — and we’re told the Sea Org was the flashpoint.
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. 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.
According to the official Scientology website, members of Sea Org sign “a one-billion-year pledge to symbolize their eternal commitment to the religion and it is still signed by all members today.”
Katie herself has first-hand knowledge of the Sea Org. When Holmes and Cruise first hooked up in 2005, Jessica Feshbach, a prominent Scientologist who had been with the Sea Org since 1994, was transferred and became Katie’s assistant/Scientology chaperone. Feshbach, in one of Katie’s first interviews after getting together with Cruise, was described by a writer for W magazine as “cold-eyed” and “a third-wheel.”
In the end … we’re told Katie felt the only way to save Suri from being shipped off to Sea Org was to file for divorce and seek sole legal custody.
The Scientologist Spying On Katie Holmes
Two mystery men were first spotted allegedly keeping watch on her at Tom Cruise’s New York home — days BEFORE she filed for divorce from him.
And when Katie and daughter Suri, six, moved to a secret apartment in the Chelsea district of the city, the creepy pair suddenly appeared outside.
A source said: “About three days before the divorce was announced a Mercedes SUV was sitting outside Tom’s apartment in Greenwich Village.
“They were sat about a hundred yards from the house — a couple of suspicious-looking characters in sunglasses.
“When Katie came out they tried to discreetly follow her. It was obvious they weren’t paparazzi or Press.
“They looked like former military or police and were carrying a small pocket digital camera.
“Then when it emerged Katie had rented a new place in the Chelsea area they were watching that too.” Katie believes the Church of Scientology is spying on her because it sees her as a threat in the wake of her break-up with Cruise — the cult’s most famous believer.
She was so spooked by the presence of the “spies” she asked her security people to take pictures of them and called the police. The source added: “Katie’s security came out and started recording the men.
“Then police were called and went to the car to ask them what they were doing.”
A second car — a white Cadillac SUV — has also been allegedly used to keep watch on Katie, 33.
It was yesterday parked at a bus stop directly outside the apartment building entrance — with four middle-aged men inside.
Asked what they were doing, one of the men replied: “We’re waiting for someone off the bus.”
When it was pointed out they had been there for days, he added: “They still haven’t got off the bus.”
Two other men — thought to be associates of the four in the car — were seen walking around the building taking pictures.
An NYPD patrol car later turned up and an officer said they had a report about a suspicious vehicle and were about to run a check on the Cadillac’s number plate.
She has filed for divorce in New York because she has a better chance of getting sole custody there than in California, where Scientology has more influence.
The source said: “Katie just wants the best for Suri. This is awful for her but she is being very brave. It’s a terrifying situation for Katie.
Katie made her move now because Suri is six — the age at which Scientology takes a lead role in the education and religious teaching of children.
The actress believes Scientologists put investigators on her tail after realising her relationship with Cruise was breaking down.
The religion — set up by sci-fi writer L Ron Hubbard in 1953 — has previously been accused of harassing former members who try to break away.