Holmes insists on ‘ironclad’ clause in divorce

Suri, Divorce and Scientology

Katie Holmes pushed to have an ‘ironclad’ clause included in her divorce settlement to limit daughter Suri’s involvement with controversial religion, Scientology, a new report claims.


In the agreement, Suri will allegedly be prevented from attending any Scientology related parties and will not be taken to any of the organisation’s churches. The claims emerged the day after Katie, 32, and Tom Cruise, 50, rapidly concluded negotiations for their divorce agreement, just eleven days after the Dawson’s Creek star filed to end their marriage.

Katie is thought to have won her main objective – sole custody of their little girl.

‘Under terms of the settlement, Suri isn’t permitted to be exposed to anything Scientology-related, and this includes going to any Scientology churches, parties, etc.  ‘Katie made sure that this was ironclad in the agreement,’ a source told Radar Online. Unlike Tom’s other children, Isabella, now 19, and Connor, 17, Suri will also not be expected to attend a Scientology school. Instead, Katie is thought to have enrolled her in one of New York’s top private schools to continue her education, after spending her early years being home schooled.

Cruise’s former auditor with the Church of Scientology, Marty Rathbun, said he believes the Mission Impossible star chose religion over his 6-year-old daughter, and was pushed for the sake of the church to reach a quick agreement. The former high ranking Scientologist – who is now one of the church’s biggest critics –  worked with Cruise extensively for several years before he left. Rathbun told Radaronline.com: ‘I think that Tom Cruise chose his religion over his daughter Suri, and I also think that David Miscavige (Church leader) pressured Cruise to settle the divorce quickly.’

Miscavige – said to be the third person in the couple’s marriage – is Cruise’s best friend and was the actor’s best man when he married Holmes in Italy in 2005.  The newlyweds even honeymooned on leader  Miscavige’s yacht.

Katie and Tom made no comment on the terms of the settlement yesterday, instead they released a joint statement affirming their commitment to their daughter. ‘We are committed to working together as parents to accomplish what is in our daughter Suri’s best interests.  ‘We want to keep matters affecting our family private and express our respect for each other’s commitment to each of our respective beliefs and support each other’s roles as parents.’

Katie’s lawyer Jonathan Wolfe said: ‘This case has been settled and the agreement has been signed. We are thrilled for Katie and her family and are excited to watch as she embarks on the next chapter of her life. ‘We thank Tom’s counsel for their professionalism and diligence that helped bring about this speedy resolution.’ Both parties allegedly feared that prolonged hostilities between them would only cause irreparable damage to Suri.

Suri will remain with Katie in New York, where they currently reside, and will allegedly be accompanied by her own nanny and team of bodyguards when she visits father Tom on weekly occasions. Cruise, 50, is expected to pay a ‘substantial’ sum to his soon-to-be third ex-wife in property, assets and child support. A pre-nuptial agreement is said to have limited the amount he was obliged to pay, but it’s accepted that  he would almost have included a hefty ‘goodwill’ payoff to help bring talks to a speedy conclusion. One celebrity lawyer speculated it could be as much as $50million. Lisa Helfend Meyer told Celebuzz: ‘I probably make the estimate between $20 million to, maybe, 40 to 50.’

Yesterday, 33-year-old Katie was seen enjoying a girls day out with her daughter. She looked confident within herself, smiling for photographers while dressed casually in a double denim ensemble of flared jeans and a shirt with the sleeves rolled up. The pair were seen taking a taxi to the Children’s Museum of the Arts, which seems to be a new favourite with the child after they were spotted at the same venue last week with a group of friends.

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Sarah Bull

Article originally posted on Mail Online


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