Katie Holmes fears Scientologists are spying on her after her split from Tom Cruise.
Holmes has filed for divorce from her superstar husband Tom Cruise, ending a six-year marriage that produced one daughter and captivated celebrity watchers worldwide.
Holmes filed papers in New York City on Thursday, citing irreconcilable differences and seeking sole custody of the couple’s six-year-old daughter Suri in a move that came “out of the blue” for the “Mission: Impossible” actor, said one source with knowledge of the situation.
The Sun said that mysterious men were seen monitoring the street outside her home. The actress asked aides to take photographs of the alleged spies.
Media mogul Rupert Murdoch weighed in on the Tom Cruise-Katie Holmes divorce story Sunday, saying he thinks Scientologists are “creepy” and possibly even evil.
The News Corporation chief urged his Twitter followers to watch the story, which broke on Friday when Holmes announced she was filing from divorce from Hollywood A-lister Cruise, a prominent member of the Church of Scientology.
29 April 2005: Tom Cruise kisses girlfriend Katie Holmes as they arrive at the David di Donatello Award ceremony in Rome
“Watch Katie Holmes and Scientology story develop. Something creepy, maybe even evil, about these people,” Murdoch said on his Twitter account, @rupertmurdoch.
The fairytale Hollywood couple’s split was revealed when Holmes’ publicist announced that the actress had filed for divorce after five years of marriage, ending an unexpected love story dogged by tabloid rumors.
A spokesman for Cruise said the “Mission Impossible” star was “deeply saddened” by the news, fueling reports that his wife’s announcement had taken him by surprise.
Speculation about why Holmes wanted out has included suggestions she was concerned that Cruise was forcing their six-year-old daughter Suri deeper into the Church of Scientology.
17 November 2006: Tom Cruise, Katie Holmes and their daughter Suri leave a restaurant in Rome the night before their wedding
The TMZ celebrity news website has reported that Holmes is seeking sole custody of Suri. Citing unnamed sources, it said she feared “that Tom would drag Suri deep into the church.”
“We’re told the couple had been arguing over Suri – that she’s now of the age where Scientology becomes a significant part of her life,” it said.
Murdoch’s Scientology comment generated a surge of Twitter traffic, prompting another tweet: “Since Scientology tweet hundreds of attacks. Expect they will increase and get worse and maybe threatening.
“Still stick to my story,” he added.
There was no immediate response to a request for comment from the Church of Scientology, or from publicists for Cruise or Holmes.