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Thursday, July 5, 2012

"Katie Holmes 'Biggest Nightmare' in Scientology History, Say Experts"

Posted by on Thu, Jul 5, 2012 at 12:39 PM

That's the headline of a Hollywood Reporter story that is packed with remarkable chunks of text. Here are some of my favorites:

Holmes appears more aggressive and fearless than those who have taken steps to distance themselves from the church or have "blown" — Scientology parlance for leaving the church — according to one-time key members of the church who have left, many after years of soul searching, and endured what they claim was often harassment, intimidation and being cut off from their families. But some of Holmes’ apparent courage could stem from the fact that many of the high-ranking Scientologists who ran interference for Cruise during his marriage to Kidman and often discouraged or intimidated mainstream media from reporting on Scientology have left the church. A number of them are now actively working against Miscavige and Cruise by spilling church secrets to the very reporters they once threatened.

"Katie ambushed Tom Cruise and in so doing outwitted some of the most controlling people on Earth," says Karen De La Carriere, who was once one of the most powerful executives in Scientology and was married to Heber Jentzsch, Scientology's longtime president who mysteriously hasn't been seen in years.

Even Rupert Murdoch tweeted this week that the church was "evil" and "creepy" in a move some saw as proof that the media should no longer fear reporting about the church. Fox News' Geraldo Rivera followed the boss’ tweet with one of his own on Monday, asking, "Does Scientology have special program to provide cover for closeted gay superstars?"

"Katie could blow Scientology wide open," says Rathbun, who was in the church for 22 years before leaving in late 2004. Rathbun, who calls himself an "independent Scientologist" and writes a candid blog popular with former members, was Cruise’s auditor and handled Cruise’s divorce from Kidman."If Tom’s smart, he won’t fight her on anything, even custody. He should just try to settle his way out of it," says Rathbun. "She could press this sole-custody issue and litigate it, and that would be the biggest nightmare in the Church of Scientology’s history. It would be a circus they couldn’t survive."

Stay tuned.


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What a great article that is - thank you! I love her move to file for an emergency order in New York, meaning Tom can't rely on his LA lawyers to do it all for him - he has to find NY counsel and appear in person in open court. She is putting the screws to him but good.
Posted by gloomy gus on July 5, 2012 at 12:45 PM · Report this
katrat 2
Thank you for the "stay tuned" bonus!
Posted by katrat on July 5, 2012 at 12:53 PM · Report this
I never really cared much about Katie Holmes one way or the other, but this is pretty great (though, she should have known better than to marry and procreate with a known cult member in the first place).
Posted by MR M on July 5, 2012 at 12:54 PM · Report this
balderdash 4
I'm all for blowing Scientology wide open; that shit is a cult if there ever was one, although personally I actually prefer the cynical, pyramid-scheme cult to the genuinely fanatical Jonestown type.

Still... Rupert Murdoch? You goddamn hypocrite. Scientology is an evil cult but still a damn sight less evil than, say, Catholicism, or the Southern Baptist Convention.
Posted by balderdash on July 5, 2012 at 1:01 PM · Report this
I must apologize! My impeckerable source for the "filed for a NY order" story has apearlogized - Mr. Michael K of dlisted regrets his passing on some other ho's error, as do I:…
Posted by gloomy gus on July 5, 2012 at 1:04 PM · Report this
@balderdash, mind if I paraphrase?

"Still... Rupert Murdoch? You goddamn hypocrite. Scientology is an evil cult but still a damn sight less evil than, say, Catholicism, or the Southern Baptist Convention, or Fox News."
Posted by WrteStufLA on July 5, 2012 at 1:06 PM · Report this
Knat 7
@5: That Elle cover from your article is referring to Katie Holmes "unleash[ing] her sexy side" on Tom and... her daughter, Suri? Eeeeeeww.
Posted by Knat on July 5, 2012 at 1:16 PM · Report this
Will in Seattle 8
Katie ftw!
Posted by Will in Seattle on July 5, 2012 at 1:38 PM · Report this
bleedingheartlibertarian 9
@4 re "Scientology is an evil cult but still a damn sight less evil than, say, Catholicism, or the Southern Baptist Convention. "

I've got no love for organized religion, generally, but that really isn't a fair statement.

I know a lot of former Baptists (I am one) and nearly as many former Catholics, and none of us have been harassed, cut off from families, or systematically ostracized by "friends" still in the church, the way former Scientologists are as a matter of practice.

(The worst thing I ever get is the passive-aggressive thing from my mom when she says "so-and-so at church was asking about you and wondering if she's ever going to get to see you again.")

Never mind the work camps, billion-year contracts, and a pyramid scheme that puts Bernie Madoff to shame.
Posted by bleedingheartlibertarian on July 5, 2012 at 2:04 PM · Report this
treacle 10
4, 9 - I don't know if we can really compare evils. Agony is agony, no matter who is experiencing it. Destroying families and operating a cult that uses intimidation and sabotage to silence its critics is pretty bad. But Catholics have literally centuries of blood on their hands... from fielding armies of conquest and occupation, to the myriad tortures of the Inquisition, to keeping people uneducated, opposing sexual health & condoms for the sake of more Catholic babies, to institutional pederasty. It's a pretty long and thorough list of crimes against humanity.

Scientology is insular and abusive, granted, but those of us who have some operational awareness of their core psychological techniques for actually helping their members overcome past trauma, they actually do teach valid & useful counseling skills to people (or at least did, I can't say now). While -ironically- using other psychological methods to keep them trapped, indoctrinated and well-fleeced. A highly questionable mixed bag. Also, they just haven't been around that long. (And will hopefully die within my lifetime.)
Posted by treacle on July 5, 2012 at 2:17 PM · Report this
blackhook 11
...and was married to Heber Jentzsch, Scientology's longtime president...

What parent in their right mind names a child 'Heber'? wonder he turned out like he did!
Posted by blackhook on July 5, 2012 at 2:42 PM · Report this
Max Solomon 12
please... there's a prenup - this is speculation
Posted by Max Solomon on July 5, 2012 at 2:43 PM · Report this
brandon 13
Prenups don't say shit about the kids. I don't think she's worried about the money, just the kid.
Posted by brandon on July 5, 2012 at 3:14 PM · Report this
Sir Vic 14
@3 Yeah. I really don't have much hope for this one. There's being in love, and there's being a silly twat. It's really not that hard to spot a creep and a scam, but she gladly donated her uterus to the cause. It's a lot to hope for to expect her to suddenly become a rational adult.
Posted by Sir Vic on July 5, 2012 at 4:00 PM · Report this
Some Old Nobodaddy Logged In 15
@10 Yeah, I hear ya. Religion takes the same amount of evil & spreads it out over millions. So instead of, say, alienating you from your family, they just make you feel guilty about being alive, and subtly controls your life through shame. Scientology concentrates it over fewer folks, so it looks worse in comparison.

It's academic whether the good that any of them do outweighs their evil. I'd argue that it doesn't, but there's no way to prove it.
Posted by Some Old Nobodaddy Logged In on July 5, 2012 at 4:58 PM · Report this
doloresdaphne 16
I hope Suri turns out OK. what a fucked up family to be born into!
Posted by doloresdaphne on July 5, 2012 at 6:57 PM · Report this
Lola, Missing Iowa City 17
Joey Potter, ftw!
Posted by Lola, Missing Iowa City on July 5, 2012 at 9:16 PM · Report this
Theodore Gorath 18
Would not be at all surprised if Holmes has a fatal car "accident," or ends up poisoned in the next two months.

Would not be the first time the cult of Scientology has murdered someone.
Posted by Theodore Gorath on July 6, 2012 at 5:06 AM · Report this
malcolmxy 19
Whoo hoo!!! Katie "what's up" Holmes is Katie "what's up" Holmes again.

Fuck you, Thaetons. She's ours.
Posted by malcolmxy on July 6, 2012 at 7:25 AM · Report this
The *Cult* word gets overused,but in some cases it is appropriate.
The definition of a destructive religious cult is like alcoholism-if booze controls you instead of the other way around you are an alcoholic.
I was in the Watchtower society Jehovah's Witnesses,they are not benevolent and won't let you leave their organization in peace.The Jehovahs are not without scandals-child abuse, sadistic mind control tactics, sex scandals, money scams, general bad behavior -- you know, religion.
Is it a cult?
If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it's probably a duck....

*tell the truth don't be afraid*- Danny Haszard

Posted by Danny Haszard on July 6, 2012 at 12:31 PM · Report this
It’s clear that she was afraid of the Church of Scientology; why else would she plan it out so carefully? Katie had to have some help, though; her dad is a high-powered divorce lawyer who probably saw this coming. Steve Hassan’s new book, “Freedom Of Mind” has a pretty good explanation of how to help someone get out of a cult:
Posted by macckygamez on July 18, 2012 at 7:57 PM · Report this
It’s because she wanted to protect Suri from being influenced by Scientology; that’s why she left Tom. I can’t blame her though; I’ve read about what it takes to escape from cults and stuff. And Scientology is one of the ones that’s really hard to get out of. Steve Hassan’s new book, “Freedom Of Mind” has a pretty good explanation of this:
Posted by macckygamez on July 18, 2012 at 8:00 PM · Report this

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