New doc says Scientologist power brokers forced Tom Cruise's split from Nicole Kidman - 2015-01-26
PARK CITY, Utah, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- A new documentary produced by HBO asserts the Church of Scientology consciously coordinated Tom Cruise's 2001 divorce from Nicole Kidman, and Cruise went as far as to wiretap Kidman's phone calls as the breakup played out.
According to Going Clear: Scientology & The Prison of Belief, the Academy Award-winning actress was never more than peripherally connected to her husband's religion as Kidman's late father was a highly regarded psychologist in her native Australia. Mental health practitioners were held in very low regard by Church of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard, and that attitude has become culturally embedded in Scientology for some believers. Negative views about her father's career, coupled with the fledgling religion's investment in Cruise as spokesman led to Kidman being labeled a "PTS," short for "Potential Trouble Source" and defined as "a person who is in some way connected to and being adversely affected by a suppressive person."
The documentary, directed by Alex Gibney, asserts Kidman discouraged Cruise from over-involvement in Scientology between 1992 and 2001, and during the filming of Stanley Kubrik's Eyes Wide Shut actively distanced himself from the faith. According to Gibney, Scientology leader David Miscavige tapped then-second-in-command Marty Rathbun to manipulate Cruise into divorcing Kidman.